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    Default Finasteride and Depression

    Hi guys. I recently took an involuntary month long break from finasteride. The moment I took the first pill I had almost immediate brain fog and felt terrible to the point where I spent the rest of the day in bed with the light off just because I couldnít focus on anything. Is this a common side effect or should I be concerned?

    On the box it says stop taking immediately if you experience depressed feelings and I donít know if this is an out of the ordinary experience or just my body adjusting to the medication again. I have had feelings like this on the drug in the past but never blamed finasteride until I took this break. It is also a different generic brand to the one I used previously, I donít know if these problems are more common with the cheaper meds. Thanks for any help.

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    From what I know, it's probably due to the rise in estradiol. When there is less DHT, there is more testosterone that is free to convert to estrogen (estradiol). I know a few things about hormones because I'm on TRT. When I started TRT I had the same kind of brain fog and all of that. I had to lower the dose and things are better. Some people are not as sensitive to these issues as others. I think you will have these issues no matter what brand you take because the hormonal changes affect you more than others.

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