Took Finasteride for only 3 days

Hello everyone,

As stated in the subject, I took finasteride for only three days. I’m 22 years old. I was completely healthy before taking it. The first time I took this poison was on Jan. 18 and 20 and then I stopped after noticing low semen ejaculation. That is the only side effect I faced. Then, I took another tablet on Feb. 15. After about one month and a half month (around March 30), I faced what people in this forum call post-finasteride crash where I faced insomina, penis shrinkage, gut inflamation, and ED to a certain degree. I have been trying to recover ever since and it has been a month since I crashed.

I am trying to focus on my diet (follow a paleo diet), exercise 3-4 times a week, and take supplements.

These are the supplements I take everyday:
-Evening Primose Oil
-Fish Oil
-Maca Powder
-Tribulus Terrestris PE
-Creatine before workouts
-Horny Goat Weed

I also water fasted for two days and I am going to do a four day fast after two weeks.

So far after the crash, I have recovered quite a bit but still not to the state I was in before I took finasteride. I luckily don’t have insomnia or gut inflamation anymore. Neither do I have ED. But, my penis has shrinked in the flaccid state and when I try to masterbate I have to try really hard (after taking Maca or Honry Goat Weed) if I want to ejaculate and my penis is not as hard as it used to be and the girth has decreased in the erectile state.

I am trying to stay positive and do whatever I need to in order to recover. Is there anything else I can do?

Hello everyone,

I just wanted to give an update after my four day fast. My symptomes have gotten worse. I have complete ED and gut inflamation. :frowning:
Can someone please tell me if its going to get better or not? I am still trying to stay positive and stick to the regime mentioned above.

Sorry to hear about your bad luck.

Only take iron if your iron is low otherwise it is very bad for you.

I will also say if you crashed on a few pills you probably have some kind of slow detox systems. I would look into that and maybe do 23andme or Organic acid urine test because PFS could be the canary in the coal mine.

If you have already made improvements that is a very good sign. Just stay as healthy as you can by supporting your body and hopefully pfs will pass.

nah ur fucked op hit me up if you need someone to cry with

Maybe try and moderate your use of language there harrisoff. Whether you choose to acknowledge it or not, we all have a responsibility to guys out there who maybe just discovering that they are experiencing adverse side effects and are looking for support, both practical and psychological. There were guys on this site who were pulled under by their experience and it’s probably ill advised to write tritely about someone being fucked up when such language could just be that tipping point in taking someone into despair. Anyway, that’s my little aside.

Im in the exact same boat as you man. I only took it twice. both times was a .5mg dose.

how was your experience recovering from ED? did it gradually get better week after week since your “crash”??

also, what about penis sensitivity? did you recover from that after your crash too? thanks

ay Im just keepin it real. Also I did offer him support.

Maybe he is feeling better now. Some people get better in time. Others do not.

For those of you who are interested in knowing, I am still recovering. I am just facing sexual side effects. I have regained feeling in my penis but it is still not the way it was before I took the pill (I took the last one 3 months ago). I have low libido and low semen (not watery), just low in count. I do get morning erections from time to time, however they are not that strong. When I try to masturbate (I can do it without taking Horny Goat Weed now), I don’t have to work as hard as before but my erection is still not as strong as before I took the pill.

Currently, I have fasted two times (one two day fast, and one three day fast) and I am fasting as I write this (going to complete a 5 day fast).

Here is what I am going to do for the next three months:
-Follow a strict paleo diet (I cheated a couple of days by eating gluten and milk)
-Work out everyday (cardio and weights)
-Try to restrict masturbation
-Continue taking the supplements I have mentioned above

If I don’t recover in three months from low libido and weak errection or if I am not making improvement, I will consider taking androhard or a similar substance.

Hi Ksay, how are you now? an update would really help! thanks!


Thanks for checking on me! I wish I had some good news but I don’t. Things are worse than when I had the crash. My depression and anxiety has gotten significantly worse and my sexual side effects are slightly worse. However, I am the one to blame for this. For the past 4 years, I was extremely stressed with grad school and was not taking care of my health in terms of following the paleo lifestyle and exercising.

I finished with grad school a couple of months ago and did strict carnivore diet for a month to resolve the gut inflammation (check out meatheals). My thought process was that to tackle gut first, then sexual and mental. However, even though a lot of people have benefited from carnivore diet, it backfired on me and made my mental issues even more worse. I started having extreme suicidal thoughts. I don’t know if it was because I was adjusting to it or what but I suspect the carnivore diet helps people with autoimmune disorder and our problem isn’t autoimmune.

A couple of years ago, I discovered the CDnuts protocol but I never committed to the protocol 100% because of my grad school and because frankly I didn’t wanna think or do anything about my problems until I graduate. Grad school was stressful enough for me. I thought time would make me better but it has only made me worse.

I have decided to fully commit to the protocol mentioned above since I have nothing else to lose and I am not gonna throw away my life which I worked so hard to build because of three pills. I am going to recover.

Instead of committing to the protocol all at once, I am taking it one step at a time until I am fully there. So, for the past ten days, I have been weightlifting everyday. I go right after work and have made it into my routine and the routine is working well for me.

This is the plan I follow:

4x8, 2:00 break, last one till FAILURE!

Cue - Right after work

Routine - Weightlifting

Reward - Fruits


  1. Bench Press - 145
  2. Tricep Extension - 35
  3. Hammer Press - 100
  4. Dips - 70
  5. Overhead Tricep - 40
  6. Fly -


  1. Seated Bicep Curl - 45
  2. Lat Pulldown - 100
  3. Low Row - 100
  4. Pull Ups - 115
  5. Back Extension - 150
  6. HIIT - 4 sets, 30sec


  1. Squats - 90
  2. Seated Leg Press - 210
  3. Leg Extension - 130
  4. Leg Curl - 90
  5. Hip Abduction -
  6. Hip Adduction -


  1. Shoulder Press - 40
  2. Lateral/Front Raise - 15/35
  3. Hammer Curls - 30
  4. Bicep Curl - 25
  5. HIIT - 4 sets, 30 seconds


In terms for diet, for the past ten days, I have following the paleo diet after coming off the carnivore diet:

  1. Eggs
  2. Vegetables (Carrots, Guacomole etc.)
  3. Fruits (Banana and Oranges)
  4. Nuts (Almond Butter, Brazailian Nuts etc.)
  5. Meat (Beef Patty & Steak)
  6. Coffee with Stevia

I only eat fruits after weightlifting at nighttime otherwise I am on a low carb ketogenic paleo diet during the day. I skip breakfast and eat one meal at lunchtime. And eat after weightlifting at nighttime. Been taking creatine, glutamine and electrolyte powder as supplements before weightlifting.

I plan to follow this until mid Dec and then I will do a 12 day water fast and just rest those days to reset my body. I have already taken days off from work.

Then, starting January, I am gonna continue my diet and exercise but start taking the 21 herbs.

So far, following this protocol for ten days, I feel better and energetic. I feel like mental issues has subsided and my libido has improved. I also don’t have gut bloating as much. I know it’s only been ten days but I will update at the end of November and December after my fast. If I don’t, please remind me.

After reading through recoveries, I learnt two things. Even with committing to the protocol 100%, recovery will take more than a year. My gut feeling says I will recover in less than two. Also, the second thing I have learnt is that the journey to recovery will have a lot of upswings and downswings to not give up when in the downswing phase and keep going no matter what.

Hopefully, this information helps. We will get thru this and come out stronger when we recover.

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I’m following the same protocol man. Just made scrambled eggs for the first time today lol. No more carbs for me. Make sure you follow gluten-free very strictly, once it gets out of your system even a little bit of it will cause inflammation and a negative reaction, at least I’ve heard.

You don’t need all 21 herbs, that’s pure marketing on CDNuts’ behalf, he himself only used about 7-10 herb cycle before recovering if I remember correctly.

He also did not carb backload until after he was recovered.

But yes I also feel better and more energetic. I think PFS is about weakening the immune system/clearing inflammation, then coming in with a decent combo of both pro-androgen and anti-androgen supplements and drugs.