Time to introduce

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)? Central 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, 185 cm, 85 kg

What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Finasteride

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

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)?
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, anxiety etc.

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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 (not all the time just in certain situations)
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
left eyelid hanging when im tired

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.

Was a heavy smoker for 7 years, quit 3 weeks ago. Want to reduce the amount of alcohol I am drinking. I am heavy drinking at least one time in a week for about 10 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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