Welcome to our community. Please fill in the following template as a way of introducing yourself, and helping others to understand your background and situation.
Where are you from (country)? USA
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
What is your current age, height, weight? Age: 31 Height: 6’ 1" Weight: 150 lbs.
What specific drug did you use (finasteride, dutasteride, saw palmetto, isotretinoin/Accutane, fluoxetine, sertraline, citalopram, leuprorelin, etc…)? Topical Finasteride for 19 days.
What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)? Five sprays to scalp per day of 0.1% Finasteride.
What condition was being treated with the drug? Hair loss
For how long did you take the drug (weeks/months/years)? 2.5 weeks (19 days)
How old were you, and WHEN (date) did you start the drug? 31 years old in August of 2018.
How old were you when you quit, and WHEN (date) did you quit? 31 years old in September of 2018.
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)? Cold Turkey.
How long into your usage did you notice the onset of side effects? A week.
What side effects did you experience that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
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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? Multi-Vitamin, Zinc, and Creatine.
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)? Waiting on blood test results right now.
I was prescribed oral Finasteride by my primary care physician, but I started and stopped taking it two times after only one day since the side effects of anxiety and depression were felt immediately, however after stopping the side effects went away and I went back to feeling normal in a day or two. A hair specialist gave me a topical spray (that I was told wouldn’t cause side effects) with 0.1% of Finasteride and I applied ~5 sprays on my scalp for about 19 days before I stopped usage when I noticed that it made me anxious and depressed (just at a slower more gradual rate of onset relative to the oral). There was a 16 day period where I felt myself gradually getting better and feeling almost normal when I “crashed” and started having panic attacks, anxiety, stomach pain, digestive issues, headaches, extreme brain fog, and testicular pain. The PFS side effects have been exponentially worse than what I felt when I was actually taking Finasteride. I have started taking Zinc, a multi vitamin that includes Iodine, and Creatine, which makes me feel better for a while, but symptoms always return and it has been a little over a month now. I got blood tests done today and am waiting on the results. This is the most unbelievable and extreme reaction I have ever experienced and it has effected every aspect of my life (i.e. job, personal life, etc.). Any advice or suggestions for what I can do to help myself would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all in advance!