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User Reviews for Finasteride to treat Androgenetic Alopecia

Also known as: Proscar, Propecia

Finasteride has an average rating of 4.8 out of 10 from a total of 171 ratings for the treatment of Androgenetic Alopecia. 37% of reviewers reported a positive effect, while 50% reported a negative effect.

Finasteride Rating Summary

4.8/10 average rating

171 ratings from 183 user reviews.

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Reviews for Finasteride

MarkJ February 8, 2020

“Hair up, little bro down. I have been taking 1 mg of finasteride for about three months and boys the hairline came back and the thickness was awesome but, I kid you not, went from a very good partner, who never had an issue with erection, to a self conscious, scared, full of thoughts 36yo, soft dude. I was reading a lot of bad reviews back there and the fact that my sperm turned more liquid didn’t help. However, in situations where I wasn’t thinking about it I could still perform decently and my body responded well. I decided to reduce the dosage to 0.25 mg every 2 days following few threads online suggesting micro dosing and that massively helped! I convinced myself that micro dosing could really help me psychologically, with very positive effects. The problem is that it is quite hard to track micro dosing and I am thinking about using my mobile development skills to create an app for that. If this post reaches more than 100 likes I will do it! Thanks :-)”

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JB · Taken for 5 to 10 years March 24, 2020

Propecia (finasteride): “I have PFS (Post-Finasteride Syndrome). I cannot sustain an erection during sex, suffer from genital anesthesia and/or numbness, have muted/blocked/pleasureless orgasms when I masturbate, and suffer from brain fog, memory loss, and thinking at times. I have low testosterone, extremely high FSH, low cortisol, low vitamin D, adrenal issues, and pituitary problems as a result of being on Propetia on and off for years. I’ve been off of Propecia for a year. Although I’ve had shock wave therapy to remove penile scar tissue and improve nerve damage and had testosterone replacement therapy, my sexual functioning and cognitive issues persist. Oh! And I became infertile on Propecia too. Fortunately, I had enough sperm left to have a baby with my wife via IVF. Stay away from this toxic and poisonous medication! It will potentially destroy your life.”

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Anonymous · Taken for less than 1 month April 16, 2021

“Been taking for just under two weeks and feel like my penis is numb. The amount of erections I get during the day has gone from many to none. Much harder time getting it up. Worried about going on a date tonight. Not sure I care about how my hair looks at this point.”

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Tom · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 31, 2019

“Reading the awful experiences other guys have had with finesteride is pretty scary. I've been on it for about 10 months and have honestly noticed no side effects at all and I've been reaping the hair growth benefits. From reading cited studies I've found the incidence of complications is very low (2% of men or somethng) If your unsure jump on google scholar and give a few a read! Definitely helped me (:”

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Life feels over · Taken for less than 1 month October 7, 2019

“I took this drug for only 4 days in May 2019. I had mild hair thinning and went to a dermatologist who recommended it. I’d done research beforehand and knew about Finasteride already, and how for some men the drug could have serious side effects, but decided to listen to a “doctor” who assured me it was safe. It’s not, and I had to learn the hard way. This poison has completely ruined my life. I’ve completely lost my sleep and have total insomnia, no libido, ED, brain fog, fatigue, anxiety and depression, penile tissue changes, muscle wastage and weakness, ... The list goes on. I’m not making this up, this drug should be avoided. I’m 23 years old, I was healthy before I took this. There is no reason to believe this drug won’t mess YOUR life up. Please avoid it. I don’t even feel like the same person and regret my decision every single day and am having trouble adjusting to this new life. I hate myself for taking this risk.”

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Bob · Taken for 5 to 10 years August 14, 2020

Propecia (finasteride): “If you want a full head of hair then go for it. That full head of hair will of course help you with the ladies. However, once you get a lady you will be up the creek without a paddle because your old John Thomas will not work. I took Propecia for 8 years. The side effects came on slowly and I ignored them at my peril: choosing vanity over health and happiness. Still have fatigue, anxiety, issues with the old meat and two veg. Avoid this drug at all costs, buy a razor or trimmer and shave your head.”

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Cc7 · Taken for 1 to 2 years August 29, 2021

“I've been using 1mg finasteride over the past year. After a few months of use I was unable to recall basic information that I otherwise would have had at the tip of my tongue. Brain fog, haziness in my responses and sometimes I could not even verbalise what I was thinking. Find another way to save your hair loss.”

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Depleted · Taken for 1 to 6 months March 11, 2020

“Let me start off by saying that I realize everyone has different reactions to drugs, but here is my experience. I used generic finasteride for 6 weeks and although it helped my hair, the side effects were unbearable. This drug is straight POISON to my body. I have extreme brain fog and memory issues, ZERO sex drive, numb penis, low semen volume, softer erections, smaller penis and testicles overall, very bad depression and anxiety. I genuinely feel like this stuff has caused brain damage that hopefully will reverse itself. I’m still suffering side effects even after being off it for 3 weeks.”

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Fred · Taken for 1 to 6 months September 26, 2020

“WHAT I WISH I HAD KNOWN before taking this drug: 1. sexual side effects are common: 20% of men, says the Head of Urology of St Louis Hospital in Paris. I believe it's 100%, see my next point. 2. This is not a drug you can "try and see how it goes". First, my side effects came so gradually... "this must just a natural fluctuation" ... "Is it just in my head?" ... "Oh wow I'm half impotent now, at age 36, I guess it wasn't in my head". 2. The side effects do NOT go away after quitting (it's been several years for me) and there is no known cure. 3. What is at stake, besides "ED": less desire for your partner affects the affection/quality of your relationships and happiness. The drug damages your brain chemistry/regeneration (hello depression and early Alzheimers). And then of course the fact that sex/masturbation don't bring me all that much pleasure anymore.”

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DanO · Taken for 6 months to 1 year August 17, 2019

“I took finistride for 6 months. It works for making you hair thicker (after 3 months) and it does regrow a lot. I mean it, it works and it is amazing! The trade off... you lose your sex life and a unbelievable depression comes with it. They say 4%ish of men have these side effects. Don't believe it. It is a lot more then that. Some never recover. I recovered after 2 weeks of stopping. It sucks losing your hair. I wear a hat everywhere, my self image and confidence is shot, its depressing. I feel ugly, embarrassed and ashamed of myself. But that is nothing to the horror you will feel being sexually broken, lack of interest in sex, shrinkage on your testicles and penis, and dry orgasm. If the only thing you have to look forward to is going as Capt Picard on Halloween, at least you are still a functioning man. Hopefully, this drug and its dosage can be better refined one day as to not produced the side effects. Until then, stay away from this.”

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ArIckP May 11, 2011

Propecia (finasteride): “At the tender age of 25, I noticed that my hair was beginning to thin. Not wanting to look like my dad or brother, I got a prescription for Propecia. So far, it's been working. In fact, if I miss a dosage, I'll notice little bits of my hair fall into my keyboard or the pages of a book I'm reading! Yes, this medication is expensive. My insurance won't cover it at all. (Funny that they cover Viagra, though). The only side effect is that I do notice a slight decrease in my sex drive - but honestly that's probably good. Keeps me out of trouble.”

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Rrac · Taken for 6 months to 1 year October 22, 2020

Propecia (finasteride): “I took finasteride for hair loss in 2017. I experienced testicular pain and loss in semen volume. While on the drug I noticed a callous type knot in my left hand. I stopped the drug and within a week developed severe upward curvature from peyronies disease. I had bloodwork done and I'm now hypothyroid as well. Before I took this drug I was perfectly healthy. I'm now experiencing weight gain and feel like I'm 70 years old. I'm 36.”

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QC95 August 23, 2019

“Don’t get scared off by some of the negative reviews on here. Yeah there’s a small chance you may get erectile dysfunction, but the vast majority of men who take this drug don’t experience that. I haven’t experienced any kind of depression, ED, brain fog or any of the other symptoms people mention on here”

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hlj July 12, 2019

Propecia (finasteride): “I took 5 pills from April 2-6. Over the course of those 5 days I had worsening symptoms of brain fog, headaches, sleeplessness, suicide ideation, ED/impotence, loss of libido, increased fat mass, and muscle weakness that didn't dissipate for a month and a half. Even now (July) I still have increased fat mass, increased tissue on the breast, peripheral edema (mild) and difficulty (mild) with erections. I'm not as focused or driven due to ongoing sleep difficulties (mild/moderate) and the intensity of these effects. Every day I regret taking this drug. I took this drug without researching any side effects, I really regret not looking into possible side effects. Please be aware that the consequences could be extremely negative and persistent.”

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Anonymous · Taken for 1 to 6 months April 30, 2020

Propecia (finasteride): “Started the drug in January 2020 and now almost May. Took a while for me to know if the drug was working since I saw no visible improvements until after I had been on it for 3 months. Adding on to that, during those 3 months I had no clue if I was even responding to the drug since I had absolutely no side effects whatsoever, not even minimal side effects, just nothing (I typically view side effects as a way of knowing if the drug works and having absolutely none was concerning). Despite delayed positive effects I consider this drug to be the saving grace to my self confidence. Only rating 8 stars at the moment since I am satisfied with what has happened so far but I am hoping as I continue taking the drug I can get even better results.”

8 / 10
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Amlan Das · Taken for 10 years or more June 18, 2020

“I have now used this product for last 12 years and fortunately it suits me. I have 2 kids in the last 6 years and my sex drive is normal. Highly recommend this product as 12 years back I had turned almost bald.”

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Justin L · Taken for 6 months to 1 year May 12, 2016

Propecia (finasteride): “Complete Brain Fog, worse than anything you can imagine, literally can't get out of bed because of the brain damage that this drug induced on me, I feel completely literally detached from the world now, not to mention even the less serious it caused, ED, no Libido, Head Pressure, complete cognitive shift, feel like I'm in a whole different world, NEVER TOUCH this drug EVER EVER EVER, unless your old and have nothing else to lose and don't care about life any more. I would trade this with ANY other disease just for my brain function to come back again, I feel like I'm in a coma, it's absolutley frightful, everyday 24/7, it never leaves, sexual sides are a joke compared to this.”

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Wisco September 12, 2019

“Please do NOT use this drug. I took it at a healthy sexually active 19 year old, because I wanted to stop loosing hair. My girlfriend broke up with me six months later...because I could not get an erection. My penis is not the same. I told myself everything would be the same after I stopped. I quit this poison six months later and have not had a girlfriend since. Thought the side effects would go away but they haven’t. Please don’t.”

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Tom November 24, 2019

“I was given this drug finasteride by a complete imbecile of a dermatologist at the age of FIFTEEN. I am now 30 and I am only just getting over the side effects after more than ten years of being off the drug. It is highly destructive, far more than the reported 2% of people. I suffered pretty much every symptom in the book: sexual, cognitive, muscular, sleeping, depression, gastrointestinal. Why potentially risk destroying your life? I can assure you from first hand experience, it is absolutely not worth it! At one stage I went eight years without any form of sexual activity and as a former sports enthusiast, I can now no longer run more than a few seconds without horrendous leg pain. I piled on around three stone as part of a monstrous metabolic crash and my university degree was absolutely ruined. Take this and mess with your hormones at your peril. Do NOT trust money grabbing dermatologists or pharmaceutical companies. I was not provided with the facts/risks.”

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Engineer · Taken for 1 to 6 months December 3, 2019

“At the age of 23 I started losing my hair. I used Genesis (Finasteride) 1 mg for 4 month, as recommended by Physician. I get 80% of my hairs back. The side effects of the Drug were Temporary. Within few Weeks all the Side Effects were gone, and never came back.”

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Don't ruin your life. December 15, 2019

“I've done a lot of research about hair and looking for natural ways to make my hair grow back. I've been working on my hair and I have come up to the simplest solution within the last couple of years. Use shampoos that do not have sulfates and those that pull blood towards the roots of the hairs. Add a little mint oil in your shampoo. I use Nizoral quite often as it also contains Zinc. Leave your shampoo about 15 minutes before you rinse it off. I wash my hair twice a week unless it's summer and warm when I was it three times a week. Result? It's growing back, slowly but surely. I'd say it should take about 4 years to have a full set of hair back. Save your money and health!”

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veteran · Taken for 2 to 5 years July 24, 2021

“This drug is bad !! It is given by the Veterans Administration, for enlarged prostate. VA doctors including urologists have been incompetent and derelict in failing to warn veterans about the side effects of the drug and its dangers. They also fail to give hormone blood tests before taking and after taking for testosterone and other hormones to get a base line. This drug has messed me up and millions of veterans who have enlarged prostate with no recognition nor treatment from the Veterans Administration or its urologists/doctors . VA doctors will tell you a fat lie that Post finasteride Syndrome doesn't exist as all the symptomology goes away once you cease the drug. This drug has caused our veterans total impotence, shrinkage of the penis and genitals, enlarged breasts , brain fog , anxiety , depression, severe memory loss, sleep apnea, sleep deprivation, post traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD) , sleeplessness, suicidal ideation and suicide.”

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Mal · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 22, 2020

“53 years old, been on 'Finestride' 2.5 years, shocked/concerned at the realisation of going bald, mainly on 'crown' area, Doctor recomnended Finestride, worked out much "cheaper". Hair stopped falling after a month, noticed 'hair growth' after 3 month, and 2.5 crown area filled in, no side effects, Finestride taken in the morning without breakfast, highly recomnended !!!”

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Erick August 12, 2021

“I've been using Finasteride Generic for 3 years now, I'm 54 so the effect after 50 is always less but I have kept my hair and regrown maybe 15 % which is great for me. The hair is thicker and overall looks healthier and at this point not losing any. I'm happy with the results and no side effects for me.”

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The Fulcrum June 22, 2019

“I’m Nigerian & propecia down here is unbelievably expensive. So what I did do was purchase finasteride instead which is less than a fraction of the cost of propecia. Since 2018 June up until this very moment I have been on 5mg of finasteride [Yep you read that correctly it is the dose they use for prostate problems] & I can tell you the results are more than amazing, people always laughed at my frontal hair because it was an eyesore tbh but now everyone wants to know “why my hair is so full & thick” I’ve not experienced any of these conventional side effects that are so popularized on the internet even though I’ve been taking 5mg of this alleged dangerous medication for over a year now. nope! none whatsoever, if anything, asides doing its job, it also increased my libido like crazy and erection is normal as has always been. The only noticeable difference is general body weight gain which could be caused by the fact that I take a whole 5mg finasteride daily, other than that everything’s perfect.”

10 / 10
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