Where are you from (country)?
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 search, "Finasteride side effects forum”
What is your current age, height, weight?
21, 6’3, 180lbs
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)?
Finasteride and Accutane.
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
Finasteride: 0.5mg day
Accutane 40mg a day for most months, and some months as high as 80.
What condition was being treated with the drug?
MPB, severe acne
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)?
Finasteride - 2 years
Accutane - 7 months
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug?
December 14, 2018, age 18- finasteride
Somewhere in June 2019, age 19- accutane
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit?
Finished accutane in mid january of 2020. Age 20.
Quit finasteride in mid december of 2020. Age 20.
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Tapered off fin. Accutane cold turkey
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects?
Hard to say. For fin it really became clear in late 2020 that something wasn’t right. So that’s around 2 years after starting. For accutane I’m not sure if it has done damage too, as it overlapped with my fin usage.
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Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability or Difficulty to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfulness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
Severe Depression / Melancholy
Penile Tissue Changes (narrowing, shrinkage, wrinkled)
Penis curvature / rotation on axis
Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
Persistent Fatigue / Exhaustion
Stomach Pains / Digestion Problems
Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
Tinnitus (ringing or high pitched sound in ears)
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
If you have pre or post-drug blood tests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (please post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
No hormonal blood tests yet.
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
Being a vain, dumb teenager led me to taking both of these awful drugs. It’s something I will probably regret forever.
I quit finasteride 5 months ago after noticing brain fog, anhedonia, loss of libido / erection quality, and sexual pleasure. After quitting, I didn’t experience the typical PFS “crash” many users report, rather the side effects have remained. I am also wondering if accutane use has something to do with my current state.
As for the sexual sides, I feel the mental disconnect to my genitals many users report, as well as much lowered sexual desire. I also have symptoms of “hard flaccid”.
The mental sides are arguably worse. I feel lightheaded and disconnected from my surroundings and have trouble tracking motion. I feel emotionally numb, few things give me pleasure like they used to and on the flip side, I also don’t feel negative emotions to their full extent either.
There’s so much conflicting information on this forum, I’ve lurked for a while. So I’m a bit confused where to begin in terms of recovery. Diet, routine, supplements etc. Or is there nothing to do except wait and pray for a natural recovery?
If you have taken the time to read this, I really appreciate it. I wish you all the best. It’s unfortunate to be a member here but it is what it is.