User Reviews for Finasteride
Also known as: Propecia, Proscar
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Reviews for Finasteride to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Proscar (finasteride): "I started taking Proscar when it was a blind study. It has reduced my prostate to the size of a teenager's prostate. I still take it, but am now using the generic (Finasteride). The only side effect that I have had is slight breast tenderness and swelling (not cancerous as it has been that way for almost a year) also my bald spot all but disappeared."
Anonymous (taken for 10 years or more) July 1, 2017
1 users found this comment helpful.
"Please see my earlier post for my concerns. I stated that I would be talking to my DR. about the side effects and he now has taken me off this med. and just has me on just the FloMax med. He insisted that it might take a couple of months for my side effects to completely go away. I hope they go away sooner than that! Will keep you posted."
Small Peter (taken for 2 to 5 years) June 14, 2017
6 users found this comment helpful.
"Suffering badly from sleep deprivation due to being woken to pee 6 times a night , prescribed Tamsulosin Hydrochloride , minimal reduction doctor then prescribed Finasteride to assist Tamsulosin which after 3 months was not achieving a result . Finasteride made me very ill within days of taking it , dizziness, nausea, some loss of feeling in finger tips , build up of calcium in tendons on hand . Made an appointment to discuss with doctor ( two weeks 3 days earliest that could be booked ), week and two days before doctor appointment sudden loss of sight in left eye due to a blood clot behind the Retina ."
conwymale May 9, 2017
4 users found this comment helpful.
"Have been taking this med for about a year now. Urinary function is much better but the side effects make me wonder if the benefits are worth it. My penis has gotten much smaller, no erections at all, and when I do ejaculate, the quantity is dramatically less than before and is now just a small amount of clear fluid. Will talk to my Dr. about options."
Small Peter April 8, 2017
27 users found this comment helpful.
"Age 63, using finasteride for 2 years and no other medications. Took many months for improvement in urination and now much improved though definitely not what it was when I was young. I am no longer scouting for spots to stop in a 30 minute walk. I typically sleep about 5 hours at night before having to get up. Other changes since beginning dosage: ejaculation volume has decreased, occasional but rare loss of erection during intercourse. No other changes noticed, in particular no loss of libido, and no mental changes noticed. After doing the research physiological effects seem to be the same at 1mg (for hair loss) as 5mg (for BPH) so I quarter the 5mg pills and take a 1/4 pill per day."
BPH sufferer February 4, 2017
16 users found this comment helpful.
"I am 54 years old. I've been taking Finasteride...along with Flomax for almost 4 months....after being diagnosed with bph few months earlier. It has helped tremendously with urination issues. 3 month checkup went well. I will go back in Sept. of 2018 ( one year from start of meds). I have had no side effects until recently. Sexual desire is still very high....no problem getting and maintaining an erection. But about 3 months in, was noticing less and less ejaculate to where now its almost nothing. The feeling is still intense...but the well is going dry per say. I also seem to get fatigued a little more than normal. I will be consulting my urologist about this in very near future as instructed by him."
Biker62 (taken for 1 to 6 months) February 1, 2017
13 users found this comment helpful.
"Shrinks prostate. No effect on sex drive. Less ejaculate. After prostate shrunk & urine stream improved, cut back to 1 pill every other day as maintenance."
Eddyy (taken for 1 to 2 years) December 14, 2016
20 users found this comment helpful.
"Was given Finasteride as a trial as Contiflo (Flomax) did not solve issue completely. I stopped after 5 days as Finasteride was giving me frequent palpitations. very unsettling. I think the other well-known effect was slowly starting to take effect as well. Enough reason for me to stop and rely on Contiflo for the time being."
Mid 40 (taken for less than 1 month) October 31, 2016
9 users found this comment helpful.
"I was previously on Tamsulosin and this worked well but i had side effects, dizziness, fatigue , red faced when doing anything physical, also palpitations. change to Finasteride it has not helped with urine flow and i am getting up 2 to 3 times a night, becoming very depressed, short tempered and fatigued .also tingling in fingers i know it takes time to build in your system , ive been on this about 4 months, the Tamsulosin made a difference after a month . need to go back to the doctor..."
rumours72 (taken for 1 to 6 months) August 25, 2016
13 users found this comment helpful.
"This did reduce the size of my prostate. I didn't have any urinary problems, but Dr felt one lobe enlarged. Has reduced semen production quite a lot. Erections not as hard but still functional. Sex drive normal. I do have Testosterone supplements, so that may have helped retain sex drive and erection ability. Penis does seem to have shrunk over the years on this drug."
JPWhiteHome (taken for 5 to 10 years) June 24, 2016
22 users found this comment helpful.
"Had severe Prostrate issue where I could not urinate. Had to have tube and bag for 50 days till Finasteride started to work, at 5 MG. Also took 2 pills daily of Flomax in effort to shrink Prostrate. Now after 9 months I feel I can write review. As stated it was difficult times with surgery being the option if the medication did not work for enlarged prostrate. Side effects are being tired, as well as the sexual issues mentioned by others, which are important, but so much better being able to urinate on my own, I will take them over the issue I faced."
Peter D March 1, 2016
32 users found this comment helpful.
"I am a 72 years old male, have taken this med for a year now. Definite increase in weight and breast size (as much as 5-7 lbs), easier urinary flow, but not as it used to be, notable decrease in sperm, erections at first were more difficult, but have improved over the past six months. Originally tried a Natural prostrate offering for six months with little sign of change, but thinking now that my prostate has shrunk some, I'll try that again before renewing this prescription. Notably, my PSA score dropped from 6.5 to 3 over the past year!"
Rkrugermts.net (taken for 1 to 2 years) February 12, 2016
30 users found this comment helpful.
"Been using Finasteride for 9 months. Still get up every 2 hours at night to pee. No erection, sex is impossible. Penis looks like it is smaller and different shape. Would not recommend this drug to anybody. Probably going to quit, there has to be something else other than this drug. No sex drive at all."
Anonymous November 8, 2015
40 users found this comment helpful.
"Used Finasteride for BPH for about 9 months. Do not now need to get up at night to pee BUT totally ruined my sex life. Penis has shrunk and changed in shape, erections are rare and intercourse is impossible. If surgery is not offered I will certainly stop using it."
PercyP August 26, 2015
46 users found this comment helpful.
"Six months on finasteride reduced my prostate volume from 91 cc to 40 cc! This has eliminated the need for surgery. I did have some dizziness but It has gradually become less of a problem."
Bill Hux (taken for 1 to 6 months) July 2, 2015
37 users found this comment helpful.
"Taken for about 10 years. Have gradually increased urinary urgency. Complete loss of semen with erectile dysfunction problems getting worse. Or is this old age? (89)"
Willi2 May 10, 2014
86 users found this comment helpful.
"63 year old diagnosed with an enlarged prostate resulting in frequent urges to urinate. I've been taking this medication for 90 days and have not seen any improvement."
dhe October 23, 2013
89 users found this comment helpful.
"Taking finasteride 9 years for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia, urinary issues improved about 50%. Total loss of erections; seminal ejaculate near zero; greatly reduced libido, though this may partly be due to age. This is ok, compared to my previous condition of frequent urinary incontinence, especially when on the road or when sleeping."
calling September 1, 2013
108 users found this comment helpful.
Proscar (finasteride): "I have been on Proscar for 8 years now and can honestly say that I have maintained the density of hair from when I began taking the medicine."
Mb262 August 13, 2013
60 users found this comment helpful.
Proscar (finasteride): "Had problems immediately (Tiredness after 7-10 days) with Flomax and so doctor proscribed Proscar and it helped somewhat. However, It caused me to feel tired and occasionally extreme exhaustion. After about one year of use I became impotent even with Viagra. I quit it for about 6 weeks. Felt normal with no erectile dysfunction. Started again and felt tired and had ED. Quit for about 2 months again and felt OK. Started a third time with the same tiredness and ED problems. Have now stopped using it."
Anonymous April 12, 2012
308 users found this comment helpful.
"Took it for one week, brain fog was so thick I had to discontinue use. Side effects lasted for a couple of months after discontinuation. "
dtaz February 8, 2011
111 users found this comment helpful.
"I am a 60 year old male with BPH. After 10 days on finasteride I had marked decrease in erectile strength and quantity of ejaculate, moderate decrease in libido."
geezer #8 January 21, 2011
121 users found this comment helpful.
"Works great and no side effects."
Anonymous October 13, 2010
76 users found this comment helpful.
"Second medicine for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia. Flomax didn't work. This medicine helped a little bit after six months but the side effects were greater than the benefits. Experienced erectile dysfunction, semen reduction and impotence. Sex is good 3 weeks after quitting this medicine. Some hair growth associated with this medicine."
Anonymous July 16, 2009
135 users found this comment helpful.
"Decrease of libido. Discontinued use after 8 months."
Anonymous February 15, 2009
70 users found this comment helpful.
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