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Forum for men with PERSISTENT sexual, mental & physical side effects which CONTINUE DESPITE QUITTING Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar), a 5AR inhibitor drug for hair loss, prostate enlargement & prostate cancer.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:08 pm 

Joined: Mon Mar 23, 2015 3:41 pm
Posts: 6
Age: 25
Drug: Propecia
Usage: 1 year
Started: 01 Dec 2011
Stopped: 01 Dec 2012
Location: Austria
Hm ok. I am wondering why it is still being said on this page that this is the most important Hormone one should check: ... treat.html

So I already went through many threads on this forum but I cannot find a common theme. Those are the things that I know about myself:

My symptoms:

during Propecia:

.) took Propecia for ~ 1 year
.) 1/2 year after start of Propecia -> sperm changed a lot. more amount, more fluid and translucent
.) 3/4 year after start of Propecia -> friend told me that I seemed really depressed. I could feel it myself.
.) Discontinued after ~ 1 year

after Propecia:

.) In the first weeks and months I noticed no change
.) 3 months after I stopped I broke up my relationship cause I felt unhappy. It made me even unhappier and I got really depressed during that period
.) 6 months - First started noticing ED but it was very slight
.) 10 months - still had good erections (no need of Cialis or anything) though I noticed that the feeling in my penis got less.
.) 12 months - first time of failed sex.
.) 1 1/2 loss of libido. Could achieve sex but it was hard to sustain errection. Had to stop, pull out and "give a hand" every now and then
.) 2 1/4 years - first time my penis did not react AT ALL. Sex IMPOSSIBLE
.) 2 1/2 year - doctor prescribed me Cialis (5mg/day) -> at beginning heavy errections. Long and sustaining. I took them for 2 months. At the end errections were not that heavy like in the beginning. Like my Body got used to it. But can that be in the case of Cialis?
.) 2 1/2 years - noticed that left chest got feminine like fat tissue
.) 3 years after Propecia and half a year after Cialis -> can get errections now and then. But they don't last long and are not so hard.


.) Libido is not like before Propecia. It comes and goes, but even on high points it's not like I'd call myself "horny".
.) Less feeling in penis
.) ED
.) contraction of penis and scrotum. Cold feeling. Also in my feet and hands sometimes.
.) poor sleep (that got better within the last year - I started dreaming again for the first time a while ago. Before I had dreamless nights, always in a half-sleep stage)
.) more fat in the chest area. I only noticed that half a year ago. I didn't gain weight. Just gained fat, mostly in my left chest. Has a feminine kind of look. I used to have fat in that area before but it looks different now (I noticed this before I read about PFS)
.) heavy depression (even went to psychiatrists) -> but have also been getting better within the last year. But on some days it's like something in my brain changes and I suddenly just want to lie in bed for 3 days in a row. Actually I don't even wanna do this, at that time NOTHING interests me and I have thoughts of suicide (though I would never do it cause I know that it Ends normally after 3 days)
.) the feeling of standing next to yourself and watching yourself. A passive, dreamy feeling. As if you were watching life through a fog bank. Is it called brain fog?
.) anxiety Problems. Cannot be co-driver in a car. It feels like I'm in a rollercoaster.
.) When looking someone in the eye I have the feeling of fainting. I cannot really explain this.

Blood values:

Testosterone: high
DHT: medium
FSH: 3.1 (normal: 1.5 - 12)
Vitamin D: even in summer very low. I don't know the unit but mine was at 15. Normal would be 30 - 100. I am taking D3 drops now.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:29 am 

Joined: Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:41 am
Posts: 16
Age: 46
Drug: Propecia
Usage: 8 months
Started: 30 Sep 2015
Stopped: 06 Sep 2016
Location: florida
Testosterone – 682 ng/dL range 250-1100
Free Testosterone – 42.2 pg/mL range 46-224
Testosterone Bioavailable – 92.4 ng/dL range 110-575
SHBG – 80 nmol/L range 10 to 50
Albumin,Serum – 4.8g/dL range 3.6-5.1
FSH – 3.9 mIU/mL range 1.6-8.0
LH – 2.2mIU/mL range 1.5-93
Estradiol(Ultrasensative) – 23 pg/mL range <OR=29
Estrogen, Total Serum – 183.6pg/mL range 60-190
Estrone(E1) – 39 pg/mL range <OR=68
Prolactin – 5.6 ng/mL range 2-18
DHT – 60ng/dL range 16-79
Progesterone, LC/MS/MS - <.1 ng/mL range <OR=.2
Progesterone (another one with different range) - <.5 ng/mL range <1.4
Pregnenolone - <5ng/dL range 13 – 208
DHEA S – 172 mcg/dL range 106-464
3A Androstanediol Glucuronide – 764 ng/dL range 251 – 1500

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