This is the first of a set of analytic tools which is looking at the comparison of symptoms between the drug classes/substances Finasteride, Isotretinoin and Anti-Depressants. At this time we did not include other substances because there currently is not enough data.
This first table covers the questions we specifically devised to assess our condition. We also had a number of standard scientific inventories, which will be processed next.
Even though some symptoms vary considerably between drugs, the overlap is striking.
Overview by Domain
The following graph shows what proportion of survey respondents reported at least one side effects in the respective domains (mental & emotional, physical & neurological, sexual):
The next chart shows how severe the respondents reported their symptoms to be on average per Domain:
In the past, certain literature and many news articles have focused primarily on the sexual side effects, particularly in the case of finasteride. In reality though, our numbers clearly show that mental & emotional symptoms are just as frequent, but even more severe than the sexual ones. Additionally, physical and neurological problems are seldom mentioned. However, our data shows that these are just as bad. Here we are making a clear statement to journalists but also scientists, who are often painting an incomplete picture of PFS et.: Do your homework, and represent this syndrome correctly please!
Details by Question
How to use and interpret:
- Fin=Finasteride, Adp=Antidepressant, Iso=Isotretinoin
- C=Counts, %=Percentage of Respondents, S=Avg. Severity (score 0-100%)
- All columns can be sorted by clicking on them
- Scroll right with scroll bar inside table
- Use the page controls to page through the data
- If you want to filter only those above certain min. score, put your value in “Min. Score” box
- All data can be downloaded with down arrow at bottom of table
Overall respondents per drug for above questions
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Return to Survey Basics Category for overview