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    Default How to know if finasteride is causing anxiety?

    Iíve been on finasteride since 2011 following fair hair loss in my early 20s. It went great. Iíve lost minimal hair over the course of 9 years. Had a period where I grew some back.

    I have been lucky as I have never experienced any apparent sides. Libido and everything all good. No gyno etc.

    That being said, I experienced depression in 2014 but worked through it that year. Since then Iíve had on and off anxiety. I was always a little bit anxious but it has been a bit more apparent in recent years. I still live a functional life and have many happy days though. But Iím left wondering am I contributing to my anxiety?

    Now Iím left with a dilemma. Do I drop finasteride in hope that it can improve my anxiety. If It doesnít work then Iím left an anxious mess with no hair but if I donít do it Iíll never know.

    Is there a way I can work out if itís effecting me?

    Thanks.

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    i thought the same so took a cortisol blood test, nothing wrong, then i took a cortisol urine test which is much more accurate but again no issues, now iím thinking the anxiety if that is my issue may be caused by estrogen or high progest levels, so iím waiting to do a blood test on this ..

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    just to add vit B6 can help lower progest levels so maybe try it and see if it helps or get yourself a blood panel test for it via medichecks..pretty cheap and easy

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    You need a full blood hormonal panel

    TT
    FT
    LH
    FSH
    DHT
    E2
    SHBG
    DHEA
    CORTISOL
    PROGRESTERONE
    PREGNENOLONE
    TT4
    FT4
    FT3
    TSH

    Then we can see exactly what is going

    5AR blocks Test to DHT but also Progesterone to Allopregnenolone (the feel good hormone)

    Please do this and come back with your bloowork.

    If it's hormonal we will find the reason and help you.

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    Thumbs up Pre Fin tests

    Also worth adding that ideally you would have all of these blood tests done without finasteride in your system to get a baseline...what's normal for you can be very different for someone else, the ranges of low to high for certain hormones can be huge so even though you might be within range that could be very high for what your body is used too ...obviously you cant do this now as you are already on Fin but if the anxiety gets too extreme and you do come off you could get them after and see whats changed ....they might pinpoint a hormone which is on the high level but still within range and not obviously causing an issue...if your body has been used to really low but in range progesterone levels for 20 years and then gets bumped up to a high level but still in range it could have a big affect on you but still not initially look like a problem to a Dr.


    Quote Originally Posted by mustang2 View Post
    You need a full blood hormonal panel

    TT
    FT
    LH
    FSH
    DHT
    E2
    SHBG
    DHEA
    CORTISOL
    PROGRESTERONE
    PREGNENOLONE
    TT4
    FT4
    FT3
    TSH

    Then we can see exactly what is going

    5AR blocks Test to DHT but also Progesterone to Allopregnenolone (the feel good hormone)

    Please do this and come back with your bloowork.

    If it's hormonal we will find the reason and help you.

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