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User Reviews for Finasteride to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

Also known as: Proscar, Propecia

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Finasteride Rating Summary

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4.9/10 Average Rating
46 ratings from 50 user reviews

Compare all 49 medications used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.

Reviews for Finasteride

Gunz · Taken for less than 1 month April 24, 2020

“8 days on 5mg finasteride for BPH. Anxiety, weird depression, extreme difficulty falling asleep. I'm off of this stuff now. Glad I didn't stay on it longer. I just want this stuff out of my system.”

1 / 10
whatsup · Taken for 10 years or more April 18, 2020

“My dad just turned 87 in March and has been taking 5mg of finasteride since 1998 for enlarged prostate-- we have discussed the side effects-- he has had NONE over the past 22 years-- great sex drive--with no cialis---he told me his hair has gotten thicker- from my standpoint his hair is so thick it is unbelievable- he stated he has more hair now than he did in his 60s. He had no idea that finasteride produced hair growth until I told him last week. As for myself at age 56 and with a little receding hairline- I am going to start it today and see how it works for me-- since I am a clone of my dad -- I hope it works just as good me me as it has for him”

10 / 10
MZ94 April 2, 2020

“Used this drug finasteride for one month and decided stop taking it after the side effects appeared I'm 42 years old after a week my libido decreased and no more erections , depression, panic attacks this drug was bad for me”

1 / 10
Hans · Taken for 6 months to 1 year March 28, 2020

“Along with Tamsulosin, Finasteride seems to be working quite well. My urine flow is satisfactory, I think, for an 80 yr. old, who is in otherwise good health.”

9 / 10
Damien712 · Taken for 1 to 6 months February 24, 2020

“Started having some effects on urinating frequency in a few weeks but seemed to have sexual side effects. Nevertheless I decided I would give it at least 6 months. During the 4th month my symptoms practically disappeared. Flow increased and frequency decreased. Has given me my former sexual self back. Improved sensitivity during sex and began having strong orgasms something I had not had for several years. Semen is clear but so what I am 68 years old. See doc in a month and see how long I will need to take this drug. This medicine actually has worked wonderfully for me . First medicine Flomax sucked bad though ! So happy that I won’t have to do surgery.”

9 / 10
Vic106 · Taken for less than 1 month February 14, 2020

“I took this medication for 8 days when my side effect symptoms started it put me into a 3 day panic attack that wouldn't stop and my entire body was numb. I felt disassociated from everything mental and I'm starting to come back to my old self still have mental fog though. Luckily my penis still works unlike many of the other men I've read about don't listen to these people saying that lots safe and to give it a try all to keep your hair one dose could be all it takes to ruin your life. Just keeping my fingers crossed mine isn't as severe as the other accounts I've read”

JJ · Taken for 2 to 5 years January 27, 2020

“It gradually reduced the number of times I had to get up at night to urinate, from 2-3 to 0-1. But after a year or 2 it became gradually less effective until I was back to getting up 2-3 times per night. Also, I noticed that my ejaculate was less, my libido had decreased, and I developed a bend in my penis for no apparent reason. I stopped taking it and my libido immediately began to return and continues to strengthen. Also, I seem to be getting stronger at the gym and a little more aggressive. It feels like my testosterone is being restored to normal.”

4 / 10
Gof · Taken for 10 years or more December 24, 2019

“I have been using this drug (Finasteride 5mg) on a daily basis for 18 years following a rectal examination for prostate problems. This was prescribed together with a daily dose of tamsulosin hydrochloride 400mcg. After moving to a different Health Authority district I was placed on a list for a prostate operation. The Operating Consultant examined me 2 days before the op, and said the prostate was barely enlarged and no operation was worth while at this stage - further examinations in store. Does this mean the combination of drugs long term has resolved my prostate problem or, has there been a misdiagnoses? Time will tell. (btw I have a definite 'monk's pate hair pattern.)”

6 / 10
JM · Taken for 2 to 5 years November 9, 2019

“Have been taking finasteride 5mg every other day for about three years for an enlarged prostate. The only side effect was a small lump on my left breast which went away after changing my dosage to every other day per doctor's instructions. It has not effected my sex life, mental or physical health and my hair is growing back. I am 70 years old and still going strong and my prostrate is no longer giving me problems.”

10 / 10
Jim · Taken for 6 months to 1 year September 11, 2019

“Took it along with “Flomax” . It definitely helped with an increase in volume of the urine stream. Side effects with me were I believe an increase in the growth of body hair and nails. Other things I felt were related to the drug was a decrease in activity and exercise and really strange was weight gain noticeably especially around the waistline. Since I stopped taking it, the activity level is back to normal and so is the waistline. However, the urine stream has diminished accordingly. Additional side effects were reduction in semen production and somewhat of a lower sexual appetite coupled with decreased erections and duration of them. The semen was also much clearer and of water-like in appearance. After I stopped taking it, everything returned to normal again.”

8 / 10
Anon September 8, 2019

“BEWARE: For some men very bad side effects after one dose. For BPH, took 1mg of this drug, once morning very low blood pressure, (on medication for high BP), significant increased depression, loss of strength and energy, muscle weakness, severe agitation, irritation, extreme chills, dizziness, lightheadedness, sleepiness or unusual drowsiness - slept all day. If prescribed for enlarged prostate takes 6 months to can pee more often or not be able to do most anything else. It is not easy to find ALL side effects, even on the FDA website, but with 2 hours of searching and making lists your may have found ALL side effects. I would never take a single pill of this again.”

1 / 10
not good August 13, 2019

“I am on Tamsalosin and I started finasteride 3 1/2 months ago and I am peeing more than ever, I am going to check with my doctor.”

1 / 10
Bardrock · Taken for 1 to 2 years June 13, 2019

“Been on finasteride for about a year now, some prostate reduction but as it was tagged as grossly enlarged there is a way to go. No erection issues, reduction in semen but no loss of libido. Signs of breast development but minor. No other side effects encountered and it is working to reduce the size all be it slower than I would have liked.”

10 / 10
Alexlovetofish · Taken for less than 1 month June 6, 2019

“In 2018 I have tried the Flomax to decrease my prostate and help my urine flow perfectly but then the doctor prescribe another medication which is Finasteride . The first week I tried it I felt funny in my testicle and I became dry immediately but my sex life is a bad and my doctor found small cancer in my prostate and they say it would be good for another 15 years before you have surgery but I decided to have the surgery since my cancer wasn’t a productive one that it does not it goes all over the body. Now it’s been almost 9 months since I had the surgery and doing great. Sex Is OK. Thank goodness I am cancer free and I am 68 right now I decide to have the surgery and than take the medication for another 15 years. It is a bad, bad medication”

1 / 10
john · Taken for less than 1 month April 7, 2019

“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 / 10
Joe · Taken for less than 1 month March 16, 2019

“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 / 10
Woody · Taken for 1 to 6 months January 1, 2019

“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.”

10 / 10
Gaz · Taken for 2 to 5 years October 12, 2018

“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 / 10
Big guy · Taken for 1 to 6 months July 22, 2018

“I've been taking finasteride for 3 months now it works well in shrinking the prostate but has definitely seem to take away my libido, sex drive and my erections are very weak. It is not solid in the morning when you have to go to the bathroom which is normal for guys. I'm thinking that it's not worth taking the pill, it does work on shrinking the prostate, it is just that takes your libido and sex drive away which is very disappointing, very discouraging and sad. I hear different professional opinions some that it will come back when I'm off it and some that I've read it said it may take a very long time for things to get normal”

7 / 10
rocky June 13, 2018

“I tried taking this at two different times, 5 mg, once at 51 years old and again at 53. Both times I took it due to a perceived thought I had a enlarged prostate, and was sold, by doctor, it could help my serious thinning in hair. Well first time I took for about a month and was on a cruise ship. I am in decent shape, and one morning I ran up a couple flights of deck stairs which I done this a million times in the past and wow, could not get my heart to slow down. Normally I recover pretty fast but it took about a minute for my heart to slow down which is a LONG time I felt like having a heart attack. Had another incident while on excursion snorkelling which scared the ....out of me. I stopped the drug and when got home began working out. I did a yearly physical, and sugar was a little high, began treadmill 3 times week. 1 year later decided to give another try for hair loss and perceived BPH, same thing happened”

1 / 10
PegMaster · Taken for 6 months to 1 year April 26, 2018

“After 6 months of taking Finasteride there has been no decrease in the size of my prostate nor any benefit as to frequency of urination. My sex drive is almost non existent. When I do orgasm nothing comes out. Keeping an erection has become harder. I have experienced tingling in the bottom of my feet resulting in nerves firing in my calves.”

1 / 10
The limp one · Taken for 1 to 2 years March 19, 2018

“This reduced prostate size & killed my sex life dead. Came off the drug 9 months ago, sex has still not returned to normal.”

3 / 10
Vipcol September 18, 2017

“Prescribed the finasteride to help with my urge to urinate. On taking it I found it to cause dizziness and pain in the neck area right side.”

Small Peter September 17, 2017

“Update to earlier posts. I have now been off this medicine since June and finally my problems with side effects are all gone. My semen has come back to normal amounts, and my erections are also back! YEA!”

4 / 10
Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more July 1, 2017

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.”

10 / 10