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User Reviews for Finasteride

Also known as: Proscar, Propecia

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Condition Avg. Ratings Reviews Compare
Androgenetic Alopecia
5.0
   
98 reviews 1 medications
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
4.8
   
36 reviews 15 medications
Summary of Finasteride reviews 5.0 134 reviews

Reviews for Finasteride

For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I've been on the medication for over 5 years now. I made it to 30 years of age without significant hair loss, but then around the age of 32 it accelerated pretty rapidly. I started the medication at the age of 33 and never looked back. The important thing with this medication is to have realistic expectations. For most people, including myself, "regrowth" of hair is either nonexistent or very little. However, if you start it soon after you notice hair loss, it will help you KEEP what hair you HAVE. I've given up on ever having a full head of thick hair, but I have very little loss around the crown, and my receding hairline basically stopped when I started the medication. To the point. . start it SOON after you notice hair loss."

   
9.0

Steve (taken for 5 to 10 years) May 18, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I am 24 years old and I took a single 1mg pill of Finasteride 6 months ago. Like many men my age with a receding hairline, I wanted to try anything to keep a healthy head of hair late into my years. I studied the drug for 8 months without taking it, for reading horror stories/ fearmongering across all media. Eventually tired of constantly looking at my hairline in mirrors, I got the script, took a single Generic 1mg pill, and took the leap. Guys, it's real. By the next morning, I had extreme brain fog, I've described it as a "high you cannot come down from". It has been so bad that I have not been able to make sense of the words on a piece of paper. I have had substantial muscle wastage, penile shrinkage, watery ejaculate, ED, and insomnia. It has been 6 months now since the pill and It has been the hardest period of my life. I still struggle with all symptoms currently, and I hope every day I will improve. The fearmongering, the horror stories, they are very real."

   
1.0

Destroyed April 26, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I am a 32 year-old transman. I had been going through a period of rapid hair loss. Some was due to stress, genetics and some was due the testosterone I take. I was highly doubtful whether finasteride would help the hair loss but after 4 months on this medication my hair grew back full and thick! And it continues to grow at a rapid pace. I was worried about side effects but I had none. I highly recommend this."

   
10

Alex April 20, 2019

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Propecia (finasteride) for Androgenetic Alopecia: "Took this drug for 2 months in the year 2011, it has ruined my life. I have all sexual side effects and physical side effect penis shrinkage is the worst. Its been years since I have quit the medicine and I am still suffering with nasty side effects."

   
1.0

Joe (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 15, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I’m a fifty year old guy that in the past 2 years has been watching my hair slowly, very slowly get thinner, especially around the crown. I been on finasteride pairing with minoxidil for 2 months. I had shedding for the first 2 weeks then it just stopped. Now I have regrowth starting on my crown and my hair seems thicker. I have experienced no side effects, infact quite the opposite, my sex drive has increased. Maybe I’m just 1 of the lucky ones but this has amazed me how effective this is!! I don’t get people here that have only been using this drug for a short space of time and now call it poison .."

   
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gman020201 (taken for 1 to 6 months) April 9, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "Finasteride literally saved my hair. I've been on it about a year and a half, my dermatologist was super supportive and in all her years of prescribing it has never had a patient suffer any of the sides. I'm still functioning just fine and still lifting more weight than I did in my 20's for those of you worried about testosterone levels. The choice is yours, you can accept your baldness or save what you have and even get some back, whatever works for you!!!"

   
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Dwc (taken for 1 to 2 years) April 8, 2019

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For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: "Tried finasteride 10 years ago for urination problems. It caused SERIOUS cognitive issues, not yet completely resolved. Doc switched me to dutasteride. I have taken it for 10 years with good results, no side effects except reduced ejaculate volume. Now my insurance company wants me to switch back. NO WAY. If I cannot resolve the issue with the insurance company I will order dutasteride from somewhere else"

   
1.0

john (taken for less than 1 month) April 7, 2019

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For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: "I started this medicine and used it for several weeks. I immediately noticed strong sexual side effects. I started to do research on the side effects and determined that the side effects are downplayed by both the manufacturer and the doctors that prescribe them. My side effects were a complete lack of interest in sex, along with considerable erectile dysfunction, not to mention startling and disturbing ejaculation problems. I am a normal guy with an active lifestyle. This medicine is poison and I stopped taking it. It even affected my mental masculinity after suffering these symptoms. Please stay away from this venom. If you do further research you will find many stories like mine. Just use the minoxidil and that is all you can do."

   
1.0

Joe (taken for less than 1 month) March 16, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I took Propecia in hopes of getting my hair back. A little over 6 months after starting the drug I was diagnosed with peyronies disease and have severe curvature of my penis and erectile dysfunction. I'm only 34 years old and viagra and cialis won't even work for me now. Before Propecia I was perfectly normal."

   
1.0

Carr (taken for 6 months to 1 year) March 15, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I've been on this medicine right at 1 year, and all I can say is that the difference in my hair from day one to now is TREMENDOUS. When I first started, I still had a good amount of hair, I'm only 23 and I'm trying to catch my hair loss early on. I had fairly significant thinning on the vertex and crown to the point that scalp could always be seen. For the first 3 -4 months on finasteride, I shed a LOT, to the point that I thought the medicine was making it worse, I had lost an additional 40 -50 % of the hair on the top of my head. Now, at month 12, it has all entirely grown back and then some. Wait out the shed my friends, it will be worth it. You may also try adding saw palmetto, it sped up the results for me. I am happy to report no side effects at all, and now when I comb my hair every morning, there are less than 3 hairs in the brush or sink, my hair loss has virtually stopped all together. I hope these results last but the best advice I can give from my experience is. WAIT OUT THE SHEDDING."

   
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Tony1026 March 2, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "It is a very questionable drug. The finasteride side effect was reduced libido and it was almost constant. I'll stay the way my hair is and save my sex life -- A BIG No to this drug"

   
1.0

CloudRacer 2020 February 28, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "Completely destroyed my sex drive, complete ED, reduces ejaculate volume. Lost a relationship because of it. I’ve been off the drug for 1.5 years and the issues persist. It’s ruined my life."

   
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Avalanche (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 18, 2019

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For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: "I'm eighty, been battling my enlarged prostate for thirty years. I've been on Finasteride for two months. Not aware of any side effects, though my sex drive is somewhere back down the highway anyhow. On a scale of one to ten, pain on urination, which was a screaming fifteen, is now a mild one. I'm very happy with the results so far."

   
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Woody (taken for 1 to 6 months) January 1, 2019

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "This pill is not for long term use for hair loss. I used it for a year and a half. Grew hair but now I may have prostate cancer. Don't take this pill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

   
1.0

ohcrap (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 14, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "STAY AWAY!! I was on it for ten days to help with my receding hairline (male patterned baldness) and it thinned out my hair in 10 DAYS! I was never told this was going to happen. I am off it now and there is no more shedding."

   
1.0

Not Cool (taken for less than 1 month) December 12, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I have been taking Propecia for around 8 months and I must say I’m really happy so far, this will most likely be effective for people with mild male pattern baldness with around 80% or more hair on your scalp. "

   
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Lee (taken for 6 months to 1 year) November 27, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "By far the most easy and effective treatment for hair loss. In my view experience, the standard 1mg is excessive for only mild-moderate thinning, particularly if beginning treatment early enough. I gained growth on 0.5mg and have been able to maintain my hairline after dropping down to even less."

   
8.0

Richard (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 13, 2018

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For Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: "I have been taking Finasteride for just over 3 years now. It has worked to reduce the size of my prostate, but it comes at a price. Sexual libido is very much down and so are the erections! The other thing to note is that since taking finasteride I lost all my body hair, not on my head or beard but legs, arms and chest hair all vanished. I stopped taking Finasteride about 3 months ago and gradually all my hair is now returning. I also have a much stronger erection although I can't say my libido has come back!"

   
7.0

Gaz (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 12, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I don't get the negativity surrounding this drug. Most of those reviews are by people who have used it for just a week at the most. May be what they experienced could have been some confirmation bias heightened by what they read in reviews like this. But still, I can't speak for their part. As for me, I have been using for last 4 months. Never experienced those side effects of loss of sex drive, erectile dysfunction or any other. My hair loss has stopped but I am not seeing hair growth still. They say it takes 4-6 months to see some noticeable growth. May be that is because I am not pairing it with Minoxidil. Planning to use for next 5 years if things don't go wrong ."

   
8.0

Currently using for 4 months (taken for 1 to 6 months) October 10, 2018

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Propecia (finasteride) for Androgenetic Alopecia: "This stuff is poison. I only took a small dose and I'm still suffering 3 years later. Causes depression and erection and libido problems."

   
1.0

UKGUY82 (taken for less than 1 month) September 28, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "Used this poison to try to halt my hair loss only to find out it was a major trade off You can possibly keep your hair but in return you will lose your sex life for years. This stuff is dangerous FDA should never have approved it. DONT dance with this devil it could make you completely impotent. Not worth the risk."

   
1.0

Nick (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 28, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "Worst decision of my life. 20 yrs now chemically castrated! Whoever builds the first time machine will be the wealthiest person on the planet!!! I'll be going back in time and telling myself not to take this. Taking this is truly a game of Russian roulette."

   
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dead D (taken for 1 to 6 months) September 28, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "I am a 24 year old Male, I had a very healthy sexual relationship with my girlfriend before taking Finax 1mg. Since the first time I popped it, it’s like my penis deflated. Was sucked out of life and became shrivelled. I took it 3 more times thinking the symptoms would go away, but they didn’t so I stopped after the 4th pill. Hoping for a recovery, I have not really gotten one. I’ve been taking arginine powder twice a day to boost blood flow and while I can get erections, my penis has become smaller (my erections too) and there’s a weird sensation there. I no longer get spontaneous boners and when I have sex with my gf it just doesnt feel the same. Luckily she can’t see a difference, but I can. Never take this drug. It’s ruined my life and my confidence."

   
1.0

Fml (taken for less than 1 month) September 26, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "Listen, I took this stuff for one month and it was the worst decision of my life. The people are not lying. I ignored all the negative reviews and figured I'd give it a chance because hey, who listens to what people say online right? Taking Finasteride was a horrible mistake. I completely lost 100% of my sex drive and ability to get an erection. (Not so fun when you're in a relationship) Thankfully I caught this early and had only been using it for a few weeks so my sex drive and ability to get an erection came back a little (after I stopped taking it) but I still feel it will never be the same as it was before. Also my skin broke out in rash all over including my penis. I freaked out had no idea what all this was coming from then I put everything together. My penis also just looked weird and more vascular than usual. In conclusion, this stuff is horrible. If you like sex, trust me...do not I repeat do not take this stuff."

   
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Mike September 21, 2018

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For Androgenetic Alopecia: "This drug is fantastic. To all my fellow hairloss brothers out there, please don’t hesistate and just on this med ASAP. Like you, I delayed a year or two because of all the paranoia I read online, but after being on this medication for 5 years now, I can honestly say that I haven’t had a single side effect. After three years I noticed that I wasn’t growing hair anymore, so I decided to alternate 2.5mg of finasteride with 0.5mg Dutasteride every other day. Thankfully this has provided me with tremendous regrowth over the last two years. Hop on finasteride and don’t think about the side effects!"

   
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Leo13 (taken for 2 to 5 years) September 17, 2018

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