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Old 05-22-2009, 09:38 PM   #1
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Question Concerns about Propecia and permanent erectile dysfunction..

Greets!

I'm 36 years old with really a good head of hair except for some very slight thinning in a small part of the crown -- nothing wrong at the temples - so I consider myself very lucky to be approaching 40 with 20 something-hair. I have maybe a handful of grays here and there but I like them. I'd love to rock the salt-n-pepper at some point.

However, like so many of you out there I wanted to be proactive about thinning hair so I've started reading about it because I was considering an approach of: Rogaine, Propecia, and Nizoral shampoo (OTC).

Now the Rogaine foam (I think it's 5% minoxodil?) and Nizoral I started about a month ago and that's been really really easy. The Nizoral I use 3x a week tops because it can irritate a little but the Rogaine I use every day and on occassion I'll skip a day. Because I have minor thinning I'm not really checking for progress, I'll just do it and check it every few months or so.

Now -- I was ready to finally add Propecia to the regimen which means a doctor's visit. I really didn't want to see a doc so I looked online to see if I could get the pills without a prescription so I did a Google on it and yes, it looks like you can get it without a prescription from some sleazy looking companies.

So then one of the results was "propecia side effects" so I checked it out and was thinking, ehh maybe headaches or something stupid... Then I started reading about significant concerns with ED, but I thought it's probably a really small percentage and with my crazy libido, it's not gonna happen to me.

But then I even came across a website dedicated to potential and possibly "proven" long-term ED from propecia. I swear this is not SPAM - I wouldn't waste my time on a Friday night spamming for some website.

Anyway, after a real Swiss study they had to update the Propecia leaflet document (in Switzerland) to include the following in the Possible Side Effects section:

Frequency unknown:
...
* difficulty having an erection after discontinuation of treatment
* infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility
...


Is the above a real concern for anyone?? I

http://www.propeciasideeffects.com/index.htm

And here's just one post:

http://www.propeciahelp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2279

Is this happening to anyone here??
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Old 05-26-2009, 01:44 AM   #2
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I read about that too. I think it's either BS, or a select few guys are just super unlucky and have one hell of a bad reaction to the drug. All I know is that the dermatologist that gave me my prescription said those reports are overblown.

In my personal experience as a 20 year old, my libido/ erectile function has remained unchanged, except for a week-long dip at the very beginning.....and I'm fairly convinced that was just a placebo effect from all the fear mongering....I was very nervous.


but then again I have only been taking 1/4 - 1/5 tablets Proscar (depending on how much time I want to invest in cutting the damn pill) every other day.

I also do 5% minox every other night on the same days I take my pill, and Nizoral 1%
........nearly 3 months into this combo and I can confidently say my hair loss is slowing ....so if your like me (not visibly balding yet...as far as I can tell) maybe you should consider taking it every other day. Hell, maybe every three days.

your cost AND risk of sides should go down....
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:31 AM   #3
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When I first started using propecia, I was worried when I read those forum but then I looked at it more objectively - if it had such bad side effects, then doctors would warn us about it, it probably wouldn't be approved by FDA. Only doctors can answer your question, as people can post anything on the web.
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:24 AM   #4
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This seems impossible! Basically the medication would either have to permanently alter your hormones or physically damage your ability to have an erection...It just does not make any sense.
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Old 06-15-2009, 12:06 PM   #5
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I`ve used it for a number of years with no sides at all.

Everything working fine too.
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Old 06-17-2009, 09:03 PM   #6
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Hey guys--I'd like your personal advice or comments about my situation.

I'm really young (23ish) but have drastic genetic hair loss--I began the Minoxidil/Propecia cycle about a year ago and got great results. I was off Propecia for 2 weeks or so (couldn't refill a prescription during exams) but just got back on it.

Within 3 days I started experiencing some side effects (weaker erection/decreased volume) which weren't common during my previous one year regime. Anyway, I know that ED has a significant psychological component and having read propeciaforums, I want to make sure that these symptoms are physical rather than mental.

Does it typically take a week or two for your body to re-adjust back to Propecia or could this just be an adverse reaction?
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:49 PM   #7
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Greets!

I'm 36 years old with really a good head of hair except for some very slight thinning in a small part of the crown -- nothing wrong at the temples - so I consider myself very lucky to be approaching 40 with 20 something-hair. I have maybe a handful of grays here and there but I like them. I'd love to rock the salt-n-pepper at some point.

However, like so many of you out there I wanted to be proactive about thinning hair so I've started reading about it because I was considering an approach of: Rogaine, Propecia, and Nizoral shampoo (OTC).

Now the Rogaine foam (I think it's 5% minoxodil?) and Nizoral I started about a month ago and that's been really really easy. The Nizoral I use 3x a week tops because it can irritate a little but the Rogaine I use every day and on occassion I'll skip a day. Because I have minor thinning I'm not really checking for progress, I'll just do it and check it every few months or so.

Now -- I was ready to finally add Propecia to the regimen which means a doctor's visit. I really didn't want to see a doc so I looked online to see if I could get the pills without a prescription so I did a Google on it and yes, it looks like you can get it without a prescription from some sleazy looking companies.

So then one of the results was "propecia side effects" so I checked it out and was thinking, ehh maybe headaches or something stupid... Then I started reading about significant concerns with ED, but I thought it's probably a really small percentage and with my crazy libido, it's not gonna happen to me.

But then I even came across a website dedicated to potential and possibly "proven" long-term ED from propecia. I swear this is not SPAM - I wouldn't waste my time on a Friday night spamming for some website.

Anyway, after a real Swiss study they had to update the Propecia leaflet document (in Switzerland) to include the following in the Possible Side Effects section:

Frequency unknown:
...
* difficulty having an erection after discontinuation of treatment
* infertility has been reported in men who took finasteride for long time and had other risk factors that may affect fertility
...


Is the above a real concern for anyone?? I

http://www.propeciasideeffects.com/index.htm

And here's just one post:

http://www.propeciahelp.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2279

Is this happening to anyone here??
Yes to take or not to take is the debate, if you look at www.mesomorphisis.com this is a site for Mens Health focusing on endocrine system, put in Finesteride or propecia and search, most say its poison on that site, hard to know, some say it keeps away prostrate cancer. The bit that worries me is in the manufacturers leaflet with the tablets its says that side effects such as ED etc USUALLY go away after stopping the meds, its does NOT say the side effects WILL go away after stopping meds. There is quite a few guys on that site saying the sides are there permanently after stopping taking it. Im still on the fence but not taking any yet
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Old 06-20-2009, 04:52 PM   #8
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Yes to take or not to take is the debate, if you look at www.mesomorphisis.com this is a site for Mens Health focusing on endocrine system, put in Finesteride or propecia and search, most say its poison on that site, hard to know, some say it keeps away prostrate cancer. The bit that worries me is in the manufacturers leaflet with the tablets its says that side effects such as ED etc USUALLY go away after stopping the meds, its does NOT say the side effects WILL go away after stopping meds. There is quite a few guys on that site saying the sides are there permanently after stopping taking it. Im still on the fence but not taking any yet
It will be unwise for the manufacturer to say the side effects will definitely go away, as it might not have been caused by propecia in the first place. I was very worried when I read those forums, some people even claim they lost facial features on procecia, got wrinkly, depression, permanent ED and the list goes on and on.
I personally think propecia being demonized on the internet might be from the 'competitors' (snakeoil sellers). The reputable doctors on this forum can confirm this based on their extensive experience with prescribing finasteride.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:04 AM   #9
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8e7HERXA3s

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Old 06-25-2009, 07:05 AM   #10
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I know Dr Crisler is 200% against it. He specialises in treating people with hypogonadism, ie low testosterone etc. Doesnt mean to say he isw 100% correct but might be. The problem I have with it is I have read too many scare stories from people who had bad experiences with it even after stopping.
Then again some people have no problem, but if unlucky to have problems with it then it can be quite serious, maybe better to be a bit short of hair than libido etc, but it has to be a personal decision. I am still waiting , interesting post by one of the regulars on MACA as alternative, he says it works, worth investigating.
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