How did you find this forum?
What is your current age, height, weight?
25, 6’ 3" 145 lbs.
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise?
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
I typically avoid really bad foods, but I don’t have any particular regiment.
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
How old were you when you started Finasteride?
How old were you when you quit?
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
Loss of Morning Erections
Loss of Spontaneous Erections
Loss of Nocturnal Erections
Inability to Ejaculate / Orgasm
Reduced Sperm Count / Motility
Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
Slurring of Speech
Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
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
Increased hair loss
Lowered body temperature
Other (please explain)
• Inability to feel hunger
• Weight loss
• Neck pain
What (if any) treatments have you undertaken to recover from your side effects since discontinuation of the drug?
Nothing really, I took a few zinc and multivitamins, but stopped because I didn’t want to put any more stress on my body
If you have pre or post-Finasteride bloodtests, what hormonal changes have you encountered since discontinuing the drug (pls post your test results in the “Blood Tests” section and link to them in your post)?
Anything not listed in the above questions you’d like to share about your experience with Finasteride?
It really really sucks
Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
(This was my original post when I first found propeciahelp.com. The checklist of symptoms covers everything that happened during my first month off fin.)
I’ve had prostatorrhea since I’ve hit puberty (I’m 25), but it hasn’t really been a problem until I’ve recently gotten a girlfriend. Basically how prostatorrhea works is certain emotions will cause pre-ejaculate (precum, not semen) to leak out in quantities proportionate to said emotions. It’s normal for a little bit to come out from time to time, but not in such large quantities. It’s also not the same thing as sexual arousal, what triggers it are the feelings you get in your gut when you really like someone. Small things like talking to or thinking about my girlfriend will cause only a small amount (maybe 10 drops worth) to come out, but holding hands and other mild physical contact can cause it to soak through my pants. I can also be completely flaccid and it will still leak out, and even masturbation has no effect. Bottom line: Nothing, aside from avoiding feelings altogether, will stop it from leaking.
Obviously you can see why this would be annoying, as I’ve had to cram paper towels and toilet paper into my underwear to keep myself from getting it all over the place. Simple things like showering can be difficult when you constantly have to go re-clean yourself over and over. And I can forget about going into a pool, but I’m not going to elaborate on that one.
So the first thing I do is go to my doctor to get it checked out. They’ve never heard of my condition before, so they prescribe me Prozac because of its numbing effect on the libido. After two days of taking it, I realize that my sexual functions are being numbed, but it has no effect on my leakage. I can understand how if I had a premature ejaculation problem this could help, but my leakage isn’t caused by sexual arousal, just emotion, so I knew this wasn’t going anywhere.
I did some research and found that in a few case studies Finasteride could actually help my problem. As it turns out, prostatorrhea is a very poorly documented condition, and fairly rare too. It isn’t caused by any sort of infection or anything, it’s just the way the things in there decided to work. I went back to the doctor’s office and showed them the article, and they gave me a 1 month prescription of Finasteride 5mg (to be taken daily).
I’ve taken it for 2 days now, and I suddenly started feeling very light headed. “No big deal.” I said to myself, “It’s a symptom they said would probably happen anyway.” But being the worry wart that I am, I did a google search on the side effects of Finasteride, and found this site.
After looking through a number of topics, this finasteride stuff is starting to scare the crap out of me. Prostatorrhea is not a condition I want to deal with for the rest of my life, but I REALLY don’t want to have to potentially deal with brain fog or erectile dysfunction. I know it’s only been 2 doses, and aside from the dizziness I feel fine, but I’m kind of worried I just started down a deep dark path. I can’t say if I fall into the majority who have no problems with finasteride, or the minority who do, but I’m starting to think the cure is worse than the disease.
Anyway, I’d like to hear your thoughts on this, and if any of you have any knowledge on prostatorrhea, or the effects of finasteride on it. I’d be happy to answer your questions about it too.