swelling and fat around midsection.


I still have mental problems and suicidal ideation. I’ll go from 1 minute of wanting to end my life maybe to feeling hope later then back to thoughts of suicide…its pure torment

1 Like

It’s horrid I know :frowning:


Tramadol helps greatly for me…


Hello @Mannyfj, and welcome to the forum.

Could you please explain what you mean by “This is sp me”?

Also, feel free to introduce yourself to the other forum members and share your experience with finasteride by posting a member story.

1 Like

I always had some extra weight on the sides that never seemed to go away. I was borderline high on tsh and since a small dose of thyroid medication (synthroid)… the side weight disappeared. Skin got a little better, still dryish.

If your tsh isn’t high, not sure if it would help. I was around 4. I believe they use to say under 5 was ok, but, have moved to under 3 being better. IIRC


This is so me. Did u get better? I been on fin for 10 months. Fin just made you worst off only? When you say your hair looks weird…do you mean dry miniaturization of hair from using fin? What’s your age? I’m 37


Are you still taking finasteride?


Yes I am. They say give it a year or more but I dont know if thats the right choice for me


Hey man, I’m sorry but this forum is only for those who suffer post-finasteride syndrome and other similar post-drug conditions.

This is explicitly stated in the site banner and community guidelines:

Welcome to propeciahelp, a forum for both men and women suffering from persistent symptoms after use of 5alpha-reductase inhibitors such as finasteride, isotretinoin, saw palmetto extract, dutasteride as well as antidepressants and GnRH analogs. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a hair loss forum. Take a moment to read our How to Get Started section, which includes our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and new Community Guidelines.

If you stop taking finasteride and continue to experience persistent symptoms, you are welcome to join the discussion.

On a side note, it is insulting to some of our members, many of whom have had their health ruined by finasteride, to discuss the drug’s efficacy in treating hair loss. There are other forums for that.

1 Like

thanks for the clarification…when signing up for things…ppl just are click happy like myself and don’t read the terms etc.


Just wanted to pass along I was able to reduce a ton of my water weight / midsection swelling by hoping on the keto diet and taking a vitamin d/k supplement. I am down ~20lbs in just two weeks. Might be worth a shot?


I’ve come here to see who else has had weird weight gains. I was 165 when I stopped. Now up to 180-185. Like there’s a tire around my midsection. Even carrying fat in my pecs and on my hips. Like a woman. This shit it fucked up.

Has the keto really made that big a difference ? I want to try it but it’s just hard to imagine planning all my meals. But 20 lbs in two weeks is pretty incredible. Would love to hear your feedback.


Keto has made a huge difference! I’m down ~25. My liver enzymes are also lower. I’m not sure where you’re located, but I’m utilizing snap kitchen for all my meals. It’s $220 a week for 3 meals a day / 7 days a week.

1 Like



Mentally better and better…Physically still a wreck my body is disaster…Besides all this other physical shit has anyone else here got the dry skin that just rolls off their body? I just got out of the shower and drying off skin will just continue to roll off and flake off all over my arms, forehead and hands…I can rub my palms together and skin will just roll and roll off as long as you continue to do it…


Just wanna chime in to say that this shiet started someday during my late-teenage years. And no matter what I tried diet/creamwise never helped.
I never had skinproblems otherwise, but leaving the shower instantly after my skin would just peel no matter what. It got so bad that I was skipping my face during showering cuz it was unbearable and I had to reapply water like 5x before leaving the house. Then I moved to another country and after a week it was gone. For 5 years when I came back to visit it instantly after 2-3showers kept starting and now after 7 years doesnt happen at all anymore. So dk if it’s actually a weird reaction to something in the water from the body.
I know this isn’t really helpful just wanted to share the experience eitherway.