My Story will be after the template
How did you find this forum?
Ive been here a few times, now i finally am serious about it. Obviously concerned about something probablly googled “side affects”.
What is your current age, height, weight? 25, 5’8, 88 kilos
Do you excercise regularly? If so, what type of excercise? Not really i must admit i dont.
What type of diet do you eat (vegetarian, meat eater, raw, fast-food/organic healthy)?
Not very healthy - fast food + home cooked dinners a few nights a week
Why did you take Finasteride (hair loss, BPH, other)?
For how long did you take Finasteride (weeks/months/years)?
Here is the kicker… Ive been on this drug since i was 15 years of age. Yes that is right ive been on it for 10 years.
How old were you when you started Finasteride?
How old were you when you quit?
I still haven’t
How did you quit (cold turkey or taper off)?
Cold turkey im thinking
What type of Finasteride did you use – Propecia, Proscar, Fincar or other generic?
Proscar Quartered Daily
- What dose did you take (eg. 1 mg/day, 1 mg every other day etc.)?
Whatever that equals out to be
- How long into your use of Finasteride did you notice the onset of side effects?
You know i honestly have no idea… Could have been weeks i just dont know…
- What side effects did you experience while on the drug that have yet to resolve since discontinuation?
Put an X beside all that apply:
[X] Loss of Libido / Sex Drive
[X] Erectile Dysfunction (Only mildly)
[X] Loss of Morning Erections
[X] Loss of Spontaneous Erections
[X] Loss of Nocturnal Erections
[X] Emotional Blunting / Emotionally Flat
[X] Difficulty Focusing / Concentrating
[X] Memory Loss / Forgetfullness
[X] Stumbling over Words / Losing Train of Thought
[X] Slurring of Speech
[X] Lack of Motivation / Feeling Passive / Complacency
[X] Extreme Anxiety / Panic Attacks
[X ] Depression / Melancholy (Only as a result i know im not depressed).
[X] Testicular Shrinkage / Loss of Fullness
[X ] Genital numbness / sensitivity decrease
[X] Dry / Dark Circles under eyes
[X] Constipation / “Poo Pellets”
[X] Vision - Acuity Decrease / Blurriness
[X] Other (please explain)
Feeling of actual tingling in extremities
- 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)?
I have but they weren’t proper and found nothing
- Tell us your story, in your own words, about your Finasteride usage and side effects experienced while on/off the drug.
Hi guys!! Here is my story. This could turn out to be long. I could probablly write a 10,000 word essay on this to be honest. Ok well i started receeding rapidly when i was 15 years of age. Parents and i looked into it. I had 2 hair operations one at about 15, one at 17 (if i recall). I then started taking propecia. It did arrest my hair loss and i have a full head of hair (more or less to this day).
Before all this happened i was a wonderful person (i think lol). I had lots of friends was friendly to everyone, was very happy go lucky. Around the time of my hairloss and propecia i developed an anxiety disorder. I felt shaky and fearful when talking to people some / a lot of the time. This continued on and off for years and years (it still does to this day). I have been told apparently by my mother that i dont handle stress well. Anyway i attributed this all to the trauma of loosing my hair at a young age.
Amazingly a few years back i did have blood tests. I just noticed how cloudy and odd i felt. I just felt in my heart that something was wrong. They came up all clear as far as i recall. I just continued with the day to day.
Im not a bad looking guy, in fact in year 7 I kissed a few girls and felt very confident that this would be an area i will be ok in. I still have lots of friends but god ive had some anxiety over the years. Sometimes my brain just fills up with thoughts i cant stop it its awful. Anyway im 25 years old and haven’t slept with many girls at all. I just assumed because of my anxiety and innability to remain calm and relax they didn’t like me (which im sure was partially true). Ive watched my friends who are no better or worse than me get far more girls. In fact my social ability is higher than most of theirs (or it should be). With my girls i have always been able to maintain an erection but its never spontaneous and i worry its not as hard as perhaps it could have been.
Anyway to cut an already long story a little shorter i recently went to my surgeon for a transplant scar revision (so i can shave my head). He said to me that at my age i should have a boner ever morning. Then it dawned on me. I haven’t had a boner in the morning for 10 years (or at least as far as i can remember). I started considering that perhaps i have a low libido and i looked up this site. Then i found the mental side affects aswell. Holy shit its floored me and hit me like a steel bar. I have felt strange / flat for a long long long time.
I will be totally honest and say that i felt that you guys were crackpots. I thought that you were blaming everything on propecia almost hypocondriac like (and i do believe theres a small amount of this). I cannot deny though that ive looked up Fibromalagia and fibro fog before, and it seems FUCKING COINCIDENTAL that you guys are complaining about it with propecia.
So my exams are in 20 days and im a train wreck. I feel crazy, all this is just making me feel weird as shit. My plan is this. Doctor on monday to tell him about this, ask for an endocronologist appointment. My parents are fucken hard asses and want me to do this before i do anything rash. I also dont want to quit before my exams, i just couldn’t have my hair fall out / any disruptions. I think ive gone past the point of no return though. Im going to quit very soon and my hair is going to decintegrate but maybe, just maybe i will feel better that i have in a long time??? (It actually brings tears to my eyes right now to think about all of this).
I feel dumb as hell for not realising this earlier if it is true (10 years ) I suppose i had it at such a young age (15) i just didn’t realise what normal was for me. If anyone reads my story i would be amazed. I know its long. Im gonna keep you guys updated. I will be bluntly honest to talk about my recovery over the next few months.