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ThinningB420
12-17-2012, 09:01 PM
I gave in after meeting with my dermatologist last week. After six months on minoxidil with more diffuse thinning than before I started the treatment I've decided to try finasteride. I picked up my prescription for $8 and cut my 30 5mg finasteride pills. I took the first one tonight. I will continue to take the drug for at least year and will have to drop it once I get married as my derm said I probably should not be on fin if I'm going to have a child. Therefore, after marriage I will have to be off the drug.

I will post my results as time goes on.

rdawg
12-18-2012, 05:17 PM
Good stuff man keep good track of the progress if any.

Ktownmatti
12-18-2012, 08:21 PM
I just started a couple weeks ago too. I started at a baby dose - .25 mg ed. I have told myself its too small a dose to get sides - therefore I won't get sides;)

Spex
12-18-2012, 11:19 PM
Thinning,

Any benefits gained from taking the drug will all be lost over a relatively short period of time once you stop taking Finasteride.

Ktow,


I have told myself its too small a dose to get sides - therefore I won't get sides

The mind is a powerful tool.

ThinningB420
12-19-2012, 04:24 AM
Thinning,

Any benefits gained from taking the drug will all be lost over a relatively short period of time once you stop taking Finasteride.



I know this. However, I'm not willing to risk birth defects to children, even if the studies say it is safe. For religious reasons I will be open to having children at any time during marriage so I really can't plan when to go off the meds when trying to conceive. For that reason, once I'm married I will stop taking finasteride.

ThinningB420
12-30-2012, 09:19 AM
Two weeks in, no side effects to report of as of now. Keep in mind I don't intentionally ejaculate but my erections are normal.

Jcm800
12-30-2012, 11:10 AM
Good luck, shall follow your progress, tempted to take the plunge myself sometimes.

ThinningB420
01-20-2013, 03:57 PM
Just over a month in and everything seems normal. I'm still using minoxidil and seeing the usual shed in the shower and when I use minox. I will update again in a month or sooner if something warrants an update.

custards
01-26-2013, 09:07 AM
Two weeks in, no side effects to report of as of now. Keep in mind I don't intentionally ejaculate but my erections are normal.

That's a really interesting and kinda unusual position to be in these days. People like to come up with theories why young balding is on the rise and one thing that sometimes comes up is whether sexual images everywhere and internet porn etc is sort of an early trigger for the predisposed people.

Then again hormones will be there to some degree regardless, but if you're in the unusual position of never acting on them but still noticing hair changes that's interesting information to share with people.

Hope the medication is going well!

chrisis
01-26-2013, 09:43 AM
Can I just point out that no mind can overcome the mechanism of a drug. If you are susceptible to sides, you will suffer them. I think the myth that side effects is "mind over matter" needs to be put to rest once and for all. This is drug that works by changing the hormones in your body. Could it be any more obvious that when side effects are reported it's because the changes caused by the drug are because damage has been done.

Jcm800
01-26-2013, 09:48 AM
And the mind surely isn't capable of inducing gynaecomastia is it? Sides will surely come whether you fear them or not, if one is susceptible?

Ktownmatti
01-26-2013, 08:47 PM
Of course the mind is capable of influencing whether or not you PERCEIVE you are experiencing sides.

If not, why do control group subjects receiving a placebo report sides???!!!

ThinningB420
02-09-2013, 11:20 AM
One week away from the two month mark. Erections are normal in the morning or during the course of the day. I do have testicle ache today for the first time.

Jcm800
02-09-2013, 11:25 AM
Of course the mind is capable of influencing whether or not you PERCEIVE you are experiencing sides.

If not, why do control group subjects receiving a placebo report sides???!!!

Breast enlargement isn't a placebo.

BigThinker
02-09-2013, 11:35 AM
Hey Thinning,

I've kept my eye on this thread, and I'm glad you're coming back to report. Hope you continue to do so.

Do you have a thread where you give your background (age, current NW, current treatments.)?

Curious about those types of things with fin users and their outcomes.

Regards.

ThinningB420
02-09-2013, 11:41 AM
I'm glad this thread is helpful. That is my only real goal with it. I plan on taking an updated picture after three months on fin. I've linked two of my threads with my background and treatments. I'd say I'm a NW 2.5 but with diffuse thinning. I have been on Rogaine for eight months and fin for almost two months.

http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=8304
http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9175

Exodus
02-09-2013, 12:21 PM
I liked your buzz pictures (no homo...lol) they looked good!

BigThinker
02-09-2013, 01:16 PM
I'm glad this thread is helpful. That is my only real goal with it. I plan on taking an updated picture after three months on fin. I've linked two of my threads with my background and treatments. I'd say I'm a NW 2.5 but with diffuse thinning. I have been on Rogaine for eight months and fin for almost two months.

http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=8304
http://www.baldtruthtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9175

Good stuff. Thanks.

I agree that you have a good head shape for super short hair, so, worst comes to worst, you'll be rockin' a skin head.

Exodus
02-09-2013, 01:18 PM
BigT whats the Fin update? Seen the derm yet?

Ktownmatti
02-09-2013, 01:25 PM
No, of course the mind isn't capable of inducing gyno.

If you had absolutely none before starting fin, you maintained the same weight while on fin and then developed it, it's probably fair to say its the propecia.

Aches, pains, libido and depression come and go all the time for a myriad of reasons. If you are overly cognizant of them because of the anticipation of taking a drug, and you are going to over analyze every tiny little twitch you are probably going to perceive some of these sides.

I'm not saying no one ever experienced ED, or decreased libido or depression legitimately from fin - I'm just saying for some folks the power of suggestion is a powerful thing.

ThinningB420
02-09-2013, 02:11 PM
Testicle ache is gone, I think the pain is because I haven't had a nocturnal emission in awhile.

ThinningB420
02-27-2013, 07:34 AM
Only had the testicle ache that one day. I think it was because I have been spending time with a girl and had increased erections but no ejaculations so that was built up. Things are back to normal.

Parker
02-27-2013, 03:08 PM
I gave in after meeting with my dermatologist last week. After six months on minoxidil with more diffuse thinning than before I started the treatment I've decided to try finasteride. I picked up my prescription for $8 and cut my 30 5mg finasteride pills. I took the first one tonight. I will continue to take the drug for at least year and will have to drop it once I get married as my derm said I probably should not be on fin if I'm going to have a child. Therefore, after marriage I will have to be off the drug.

I will post my results as time goes on.
Just to let you know, a very new study has shown long term finasteride use can make men infertile.
As far as I understand it can creep up on you without any other side effects.

Worth getting a sperm count test at the very least.

ThinningB420
02-27-2013, 10:10 PM
Sorry, I'm not married and it's against my religious beliefs to intentionally ejaculate outside of marital relations. I'll risk the infertility as the tests I had done were normal before I started fin.

BigThinker
02-28-2013, 09:00 AM
Sorry, I'm not married and it's against my religious beliefs to intentionally ejaculate outside of marital relations. I'll risk the infertility as the tests I had done were normal before I started fin.

Your nuts must be on mega swell.

Morbo
02-28-2013, 09:12 AM
I respect every religion or belief, but a good ejaculation once on a while probably would relief that ball pain iirc.

dex89
02-28-2013, 10:29 AM
wait...no masturbation or intercourse?:eek: You my friend are a SAINT.

Soxfaninfl
02-28-2013, 11:04 AM
Just to let you know, a very new study has shown long term finasteride use can make men infertile.
As far as I understand it can creep up on you without any other side effects.

Worth getting a sperm count test at the very least.

Good cause I don't want to have more children.

ThinningB420
03-28-2013, 05:19 AM
Another update:
I've been on fin for almost four months now. I have no side effects as of now. I have noticed some growth in my hair line. It's not great but it is new hair. Once I finish this bottle for the 4th month I will post a picture. Sheds are a little less than before but I never really shed a ton in the first place except for initially with Rogaine. Honestly, if the existing hairs would thicken up I would be very happy. I'm not asking for new hair but it is a nice bonus to see it growing.

BigThinker
03-28-2013, 08:02 AM
Another update:
I've been on fin for almost four months now. I have no side effects as of now. I have noticed some growth in my hair line. It's not great but it is new hair. Once I finish this bottle for the 4th month I will post a picture. Sheds are a little less than before but I never really shed a ton in the first place except for initially with Rogaine. Honestly, if the existing hairs would thicken up I would be very happy. I'm not asking for new hair but it is a nice bonus to see it growing.

This is all I want, man. Keep the hair I have. I have enough to frame my face and it's not see-through up top. Hell, I even like my receded hairline a bit.

Excited to see your 4-month pics.

Best.

baldozer
03-28-2013, 03:20 PM
Just to let you know, a very new study has shown long term finasteride use can make men infertile.
As far as I understand it can creep up on you without any other side effects.

Worth getting a sperm count test at the very least.

Permanently infertile? Can you give the link?

drybone
03-28-2013, 03:56 PM
Permanently infertile? Can you give the link?

Of course he cant.

ThinningB420
04-14-2013, 09:29 AM
Tomorrow marks the 4th month on fin. Everything still seems normal. I will say hair has grown in my hairline on the right side quite a bit. It was the weaker side in terms of recession previously and now it is the stronger side. The hairs are thinner but a lot are growing and growing long enough that you can see them standing a few feet away from me. Hopefully they will continue to grow as I see more that are sprouting. Overall density seems to almost be back where it was before I started Rogaine so I am happy with that. If I can maintain my hair as it currently is I will be very happy. I think it looks pretty good when I use putty. It's not great but looks acceptable IMO. I will upload pics around the end of the month because that's when I'll be getting a haircut, as they have a sale at that time. Look for pics in about two weeks.

BigThinker
04-14-2013, 11:30 AM
The hairs sprouting is a good feeling; I've got quite a few myself. Not sure if they're hair back from the grave thanks to fin or not -- who knows.

Lookin' forward to the pics, brah.

ThinningB420
08-20-2016, 08:09 PM
Hi, I just wanted to give an update since most people stop posting and we we don't know how things turned out. I was on fin for 2 and a half years. During that time, the thickness of my hair and my hairline improved a moderately noticeable amount. Upon my second year on fin, I noticed my hair was slowly thinning, but it was still better than before fin. During my entire course of fin, I never showed any side effects.

I got married last year and stopped taking fin as I did not want to risk any possibility of birth defects, as unlikely as they could have been. It has been a year off fin. I'm a NW 2.5-NW 3. However, my hair is now thinner than it has ever been, but I have a wonderful wife and beautiful son so my hair bothers me less. I still use minox and hope one day to improve my hair but will accept baldness if it happens. I wish everyone the best in their journeys and just wanted to let others know that fin seemed to be moderately effective and side effect free for me.