Firsthand experiences XVIII: ‘Wish I could go back in time and not take it’

Earlier this month the YouTube channel Cortex Labs posted a long video titled “Post Finasteride Syndrome Deniers – A Dangerous Precedent.” It drew hundreds of comments, some of which described ongoing problems after stopping finasteride. Below is a selection of these comments, posted between June 11 and today.

rcbash***

3.5 years of this nightmare. Thank you for covering this 🙏.

@ssa657***

Thanks so much for covering this. I’m a 22-year-old college student and got prescribed finasteride from Hims. I’ve had penile tissue changes, lowered libido, brain fog, dry scalp, facial changes, and more. All of these symptoms make daily life very difficult. No support from the medical community either. I was laughed out of a doctor’s office even after showing them the relevant studies. We desperately need research.

I was laughed out of a doctor’s office even after showing them the relevant studies.

@Abdull***

Ruins lifes, worst medical decision that I’ve ever made.

@ethanc***

At age 23 I have PFS and it has drastically ruined my quality of life: no erections, libido, sensation, and some muscle wasting too. I advise all the young men out there to think twice before taking finasteride, I literally almost killed myself over it.

I’m suffering from PFS for almost a year now. I’m 31 years [old,] had a perfect life.

@ferenc***

I’m suffering from PFS for almost a year now. I’m 31 years had a perfect life. It is an incredible suffering beyond any imagination. Thank you for the content you are amazing you brought tears to my eyes!

@maximi***

I was a healthy mid-20 year old when I started Finasteride. Ten months later I went off it because the side-effects became so strong, that I stopped. I couple of days later I had the infamous crash and developed PFS. Almost two years later I suffer from terrible and debilitating neurological symptoms that affect my life quality greatly negative every day. Thank you for covering this.

@PROTAG***

It’s crazy how many people with PFS have gotten gaslit and continue to get gaslighted by their own doctors.

@Dbu***

I took it for 3 months last year really messed me up mainly anxiety depression slow thinking and gyno in my left tit, took ages to come right over 6 months but never really had any of the sexual effects but damn felt like psychosis towards the end of month 3 at only 3 pills per week too

Here’s a great idea: Let’s inhibit the most powerful androgen in the male body.

@lotfib***

Here’s a great idea: Let’s inhibit the most powerful androgen in the male body.
Great video, BROTHER.

@nichol***

Finasteride messed me up 13 yrs ago. Wish I could go back in time and not take it.

@PostFi***

Unfortinately i just get sicker and sicker after stopping finasteride. im now on sodium valporate and DHB. I pray i get my life back. I cant feel any emotions and i have so bad anxiety i cant even work or go grocery shopping some days.

@afkVah***

Thank you for raising awareness. PFS destroyed me as a man. Numb shrivelled genitals for years. I can’t live like this anymore. The suffering is too intense

PFS destroyed me as a man. Numb shrivelled genitals for years. I can’t live like this anymore.

@kevinw***

This documentary is great!

I’m so glad I did my research on this drug before ever taking it.

I had a hair transplant consultation and the clinic told me I would need to take finasteride for life to prevent the rest of my hair from falling out. They offered to have a doctor write me a prescription right there but I declined since I didn’t know enough about finasteride. They gave me no warnings about its serious potential side effects.

Even if the percentage of those who get side effects or PFS is very small, (I think it’s larger than 2% and a lot of men on finasteride are suffering in silence) it’s DEFINITELY not worth the risk to me.

I’ll take my sexual and mental health over hair any day.

OGAest***

Ive had severe PFS for 4 years. can u please make a video on what u think could cure it? i have zero emotions, extreme anxiety and suicidal thoughts. no muscle pumps and muscle atrophy and severe cognitive issues.

It’s a Hormone drug. Not a skincare routine.

Trynas***

You’re a hero for revealing this. Finasteride is poison. How on earth can a dermatologist prescribe this to young man. Its a Hormone drug. Not a skincare routine.

@angelo***

Ive been suffering from this garbage for 3 years, I had heard of side effects but never imagined it would last for years. How I wish I could go back in time.

@Almy55***

Fina ruined my life!


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