User Reviews for Finasteride to treat Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Brand names: Proscar, Propecia
Finasteride has an average rating of 4.4 out of 10 from a total of 62 reviews for the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. 23% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 50% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Finasteride
"Was prescribed this along with flomax for bph initially urine flow improved after few weeks, but I began to have sexual issues - poor erections at first then on rare occasion when I managed that no semen came out finally gave up and I am on cialis for bph with a herbal supplement saw palmetto everything back to normal. Finasteride never again"
"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."
"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."
"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."
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"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"
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"BEWARE: For some men very bad side effects after one dose. For BPH, took 1mg of this drug, once time...next 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 work..you 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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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"
"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"
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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."