Adverse events affecting reproductive anatomy and sexual function in younger men who took finasteride

Summary This post documents adverse events (AEs) of finasteride affecting male reproductive anatomy and sexual function in men age 18–40, which were reported to US FDA and downloaded from the Federal Adverse Event Reporting System Public Dashboard. The data range is January 1, 2000 to December 31, 2020. This shows AEs assigned to categories which … 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

Firsthand experiences of finasteride — Volume III

These have been compiled from social media. Links to original posts and comments are provided after each quote. This is not some easy cure-pill… I know enough now… this drug is def not worth it. Dangerous. This drug was beyond serious for me. Was on it for nearly 5 months straight. Knew what I was … Read more

Firsthand experiences of finasteride — Volume II

These posts and comments were found on social media sites such as Reddit. Links to original posts are provided below each post. I’m genuinely just scared that I’m stuck like this and there’s no one I can go to for help. I need some comfort in my situation please I took finasteride a few days … Read more

Adverse effects in the Propecia label: a history of changes

In its Drugs@FDA database, FDA has at least nine versions of the Propecia label going back to 2001. This post will trace the history of changes to adverse effects in the label for consumers. A summary of label changes: 2001 – “Side effects went away in men who stopped taking Propecia” 2002 – Testicular pain … Read more

Research briefing on adverse effects of finasteride as a treatment for hair loss

In the last three years, over 100 papers have been published related to adverse effects of finasteride. It can be hard to keep up with this volume of research output. This post offers highlights of two systematic reviews/meta-analyses. These types of papers select and aggregate findings across studies done in the past. Elevated risk of … Read more