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 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

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