Time to introduce (I took everything)

I am active for a while now but did no member story until now.

First Post: Is it Post Finasteride?

My story:

Where are you from (country)? Europe

How did you find this forum (Google search – if so, what search terms? Via link from a forum or website – if so, what page? Other?) - google, searching for forums and experiences.

What is your current age, height, weight? 29

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Finasteride. Sertraline (a few times during studies) and tretinac (isotretinoin) for acne (1-2 years)

What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? 1 -1.25 mg

What condition was being treated with the drug?
alopecia, acne and anxiety

For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
7.5 years

How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 18-19

How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 26, december 2017

How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
all cold

How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? 2 years but never thought about fin

What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation? ED

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Sexual
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive (low but still looking at girls at least)
Erectile Dysfunction
Complete Impotence
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections (really rare)
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Watery Ejaculate
Reduced Ejaculate
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility

Mental
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Confusion
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency vo
Extreme Anxiety
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Suicidal Thoughts

Physical
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Pain
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Weight Gain
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Muscle Wastage
Muscle Weakness (twitching)
Joint Pain
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes

Misc
Prostate pain (diagnosed with prostatitis)
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Hearing loss
Increased hair loss
Frequent urination
Lowered body temperature

dry skin (the most on forehead, on arms just a little)
sleep (can’t sleep 7-8 hours through)
weird odor
eyelid hanging

What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug? L-Arginine and ashwagandha but stopped in fear of worsening sides (read some negative posts about these herbs)

Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience? influence of alcohol in ED (look at my previous posts). In contrary alcohol is rising my anxiety and difficulty in concentrating the 1-3 days after.

Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.

Did not try any special treatment for the sides. For my ED I am using tadalafil and viagra with decent effect. Doing Keto diet since 2.5 weeks and working out with heavy weights.

During my time as a teenager a had severe acne everywhere on my body and therefore took 1-2 years tretinac (isotretinoin) to cure it.

For my anxiety during studies I took sertraline for a few times (approximately 7-8 times).

Was a heavy smoker for years, quit weeks ago. Want to reduce the amount of alcohol I am drinking. I am heavy drinking at least one time in a week for years

I made a lot of threads before this one, if you want more details about my story.

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The past weeks my libido got significantly better. The last days I had the urge and the desire to sleep with a girl. Like this inner feeling when you know it is going to happen and it is arousing you.

Don’t know what exactly caused this. Right now I am doing keto diet and exercising, nothing else. No supplements.

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Feel like with fin the sides are so subtle that you can just brush it off. You realise it only when it becomes significant. How has your forgetfulness/memory been since you’ve quit? (On scale of 0 to 100 what percent would have recovered?)

Some symptoms get better over time but other are worsening. For example: libido improving right now but muscle pain or joint cracking got bad. Everytime when I get up my feets are cracking crazy, I am 29. It’s like trading with your symptoms, you have to get something bad to improve other sides.

I am sorry to say that but my forgetfulness did not improve. I feel more forgetful when I am in stress. For example: I had to get back from my car to my house 3 times. I often forget what I want to do when I am going in a room. The same when I am working. Sometimes it is really frustrating. I hope we won’t have to deal with early dementia.

All over recovered maybe 60% but I will never know the feeling of recovering 100% because I took fin when I was 18/19 and can not recall when I was feeling ‚normal‘.

But there are also guys here who got severe sides and I hope it will get better for them over time. They deserve a healthy life.

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60% is still something to look forward to. I quit today after realising why I have so much memory loss and failing to remember everything I study… hopefully improves. I took an IQ test but its not too bad but memory wise it’s absolutely horrendous. I can’t remember peoples names 30 seconds later.

In your case it will improve for sure, it is your first day give it time. Don’t think to much about it. Stress is the last thing you need in this process.

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I noticed that I now (for at least 3-4 weeks) sweat under my armpits and chest much more. My body temperature is constantly over 36 degrees aswell. My Skin seems to produce more sebum too. Muscles are not twitching anymore. Stopped smoking since 2 month.

But: Sleep is still a mess and I am feeling unmotivated in the mornings. Butt cheeks hurting while sitting since 4 months.

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Noticed some kind of dizziness when I am walking or even moving my head SLIGHTLY from left to right. And I have a kind of tunnel vision more often as usual. My scalp is really itchy with pimples on it.

Erections improved a lot. I don’t need cialis/viagra and alcohol to masturbate. I am really surprised.

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Started to take testogel for one week now. Libido and anxiety up. Can feel my heart pounding much harder.

Since taking this gel my hairloss surprisingly stopped.

How would you describe your libido in % from your pre-PFS one? Also, do you experience any tissue changes and dry skin?

There are good days and bad days. My libido is not constantly high like pre-pfs. I would say in good days (a few days per month) about 60-70 % and most of the days between 40-50%. But it varies a lot. Lost a lot of fat in my face and can’t gain it back. Most of the fat is now in my belly or legs stored.

I wonder if there’s anybody who recovered 100% to the pre-fin condition. Even when I had my temporal recovery, I couldn’t say it was exactly the same as it used to be before.

Can’t stop watching porn because I need the confirmation of getting a boner. Talked to a girl about my condition she is very understanding.

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You have a girl who is understanding about your condition and you can keep an erection for a few minutes while standing? I’m jealous! But I understand the anxiety that comes with not having confidence in your erection. I hope it improves! I can’t keep an erection without constant stimulation. It’s a nightmare. I’m trying Pycogenol and arginine for ED. Not sure it’s helping yet. Will fill out one of those forms later.

Try to make the most of the good days you have. I too had the worst anxiety I’ve had the past 2 weeks and it’s finally subsiding. The up and downs are a pain but I’ll take what I can. Also, relationships can end for various reasons, try to enjoy the present as much as possible. Now I need to follow my own advice which is unlikely lol

Not watching porn doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on me. It actually helps sometimes. Avoiding ejaculation is something that might help but I’m not sure. My good days have no obvious cause unfortunately. Reducing stress is the only thing that might help but that info isn’t very groundbreaking.

Thanks for the update!

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Hope not to bad karma…

What should I write you?! We’re all fucked about this condition. We all have had an or more encounters with problems, with a soft erection and the men killing stress not to get it in. For me harder as being killed.

Only a stone hard cock and the androgen agression is that what gives us lifesence. Personality, character and intelligence is nothing at all

With a disconnected cock, we all feel like nothing any more. It’s the long and stony road we have to go to find a new life without our cocks. To find our way as an totally asexual monich. With meditation and true spiritual love. F*ck this…but there is no alternative

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For me personally sildenafil citrate does nothing. Tadalafil is way better.

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@pete Tada is way more effective than viagra for me aswell. I think I found the best dosage for myself. Experimented with dosages over 60 mg (tada) and 300 mg (viagra). Now I combine Tada 10mg (everyday) and viagra 50 mg (before intercourse). It’s not working like I would want but it’s okay. It depends a lot on my mood/anxiety/depression I have on a few days.

Alcohol does something with my brain to penis connection. I don’t need to drink until I pass out I just need like 2-3 drinks and I am good for several days. Much much stronger erections and libido. A lot of spontaneous erections until now (last drink was saturdaynight).

Only negative: more anxiety and bad sleep

Stopped with Testogel 2 weeks ago. Didn’t like the fact of getting smaller balls and my balls were much more shrinked. Felt a little improvement in libido first but didn’t last. Improvement wasn’t significant though.

The best medicine for the last years: tada, alcohol and relaxing

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