Polls vs. official data on side effect rates

Since online polls are anonymous, there is less risk to disclosing embarrassing side effects. In online polls, the rate of side effects was 6.2x greater than the rate of adverse events in a clinical trial. The clinical setting may suppress safety concerns in sensitive areas such as sexuality and mental state.

Appendix: Results of online polls on side effects

This is an Appendix to the post: Polls vs. official data on side effect rates. Summary Mobile users: swipe left to see more columns. ID & source Date posted Participants % with side effects % with severe or persistent side effects P1. r/tressless Jan 2016 146 53.4% NA P2. r/HairLoss Jul 2021 110 27.3% NA … Read more

From the depths: why finasteride harms took decades to emerge

Physician-researchers blamed growing safety concerns on patients, overlooking social context and weaknesses in safety regime The official view of Propecia, fashioned by Merck at a reported cost of $450 million, is that the drug is safe and effective. Upon approval by FDA in 1997, this view was carried forward by dermatologists, some of whom were … Read more

Firsthand experiences of finasteride – Volume VIII: Bald Truth edition

The Bald Truth is a radio show about hair loss which, according to its website, “has been advising listeners on issues ranging from building self confidence and creating sexual attraction to overcoming…the modern man’s Achilles’ heel, male pattern baldness.” Host Spencer Kobren founded the show over 19 years ago, and there are over 2,200 episodes … Read more

Firsthand experiences of finasteride — Volume VII

These comments have been compiled from social media. Links to original posts and comments are provided after each quote. Finasteride destroyed my life and the life of other guys who committed suicide. what the hell are you saying? when i started i did not notice anything… then, very slowly, i started having anxiety, than depression, … Read more

Firsthand experiences of finasteride — Volume IV: FOIA edition

Following are men’s reports of symptoms they attributed to finasteride. Reports to FDA were obtained by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Took finasteride (propecia) 1mg daily for about 9 months. For the last couple of month I developed erectile dysfunction so I stopped taking finasteride. I’m now 3 months without finasteride and symptoms have … Read more