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Propecia Reviews

If you've used Propecia, please help others by adding your feedback. What would you tell your best friend about this product? Please remember that we do not give medical advice. That is for your local health care provider, who is familiar with your medical history.

Subj: Quit because of side effects
Date: 2/17/2009
I used Propecia for 1 and a half years and quit 2 months ago because of side effects. What is strange is I didn't get the more common sexual side effects or gyno(thankfully), but I did get increased facial puffiness around and under the jaw, as well as changes in my mental perception. I have been feeling better since stopping, but my face is still somewhat puffy, will this go away?

AskDocWeb: Based on information from the manufacturer, it is likely to go way within a few months.

Subj: Hair growth
Date: 2/21/2009
I used finasteride from one year my hair growth 20 percent can I use it next two year more?

AskDocWeb: As long as you don't have any side effects, there is no time limit on how long you can use Propecia.

Subj: FDA approved but
Date: 2/24/2009
I have done some hard studying on this product it seems FDA approved this product to work but they didn't not say anything about the side effects, the company paid a company to approve this product and chance its percentage in its side effect so basically it works but the percentage is much higher then you people think (side effects).

Subj: 2 years later
Date: 2/24/2009
2 years after my last tablet I still suffer chronic permanent erection dysfunction, hypogonadism, prostate pain, breast pain & enlargement (and this is just the start). I read that finasteride is a feminising hormone, and that it has been used in male to female sex changes. I wish I could have my life back, I wish I had never taken Propecia. GUYS...PLEASE DON'T TAKE THIS POISON!

Subj: Body hair?
Date: 2/26/2009
Will this product cause hair growth elsewhere on my body?

AskDocWeb: There has only been one report of increased body hair growth with Propecia. With just that one report over the past several years, we are inclined to think that is highly unlikely that Propecia would cause the growth of body hair.

Subj: Normal shedding?
Date: 3/13/2009
I am using propecia from last 10 months. I feel some increase in shedding when I starts the treatment. But its stops after third month and my hair density increases. Now I see some small hair on my frontal area where my hair line used to be. But my shedding increases then before. But the shedding is not regular. I have a huge shed after three to four days then normal shedding then a huge shed. So plz tell me is my shedding normal or I need to worry about it.

AskDocWeb: That does not sound normal and there have been no reports of shedding that compare to yours. If you haven't had a physical in awhile you might consider getting one in order to rule out other health problems.

Subj: Beer?
Date: 3/17/2009
I was wondering if it is ok to drink beer while you're on propecia? Would it mess anything up in my body?

AskDocWeb: As long as the drinking is not excessive there should be no problem. Alcohol has not been reported to have any effect on the effectiveness of Propecia.

Subj: Taking Propecia for over 10 years
Date: 3/17/2009
I have been taking Propecia for over 10 years now. I have had fantastic results from it and at 42 have more hair than I did at 26. I am still a little thin on top but the hair actually grows. It had stopped growing all together before I started taking it and was reduced to just fuzz. I regrew hair on the top and crown of my head. I do have side effects and always have. It is harder to orgasm and takes me longer to achieve orgasm. The side affects were much stronger during the first year of taking it and drastically declined after about 9 months. But if I quit taking it I can still tell a small difference after about 1-2 weeks. Are there any other side effects or dangers that have been reported in men taking it as long as I have been? I don't plan to stop taking it anytime soon.

AskDocWeb: When it comes to reports of long-term use there seems to be a lack of information on the possible side effects. That is part of the purpose of this website, so you can share your experience with others.

Subj: Starting to feel less of a man
Date: 3/18/2009
I started using this product about 2.5 months ago to combat my hairloss which started back in High School (I'm 22 now). My biggest concern were the sexual side effects; however, I'm a fit, well-built, young guy who exercises regularly and eats healthy so I figured my risk is virtually minimal for me. I'll be honest with you all and not sugarcoat it since it's probably what you want. I haven't had a girlfriend in the last year to have sex with, so yes I used to masturbate daily, sometimes twice if I felt extra shall we say... horney? It was pretty easy for me to masturbate and even when I didn't want to, I would still get erections throughout the day.

When I first started using propecia, I didn't notice anything at first, but in the last month, I've started to really notice the side effects. Now I might be able to masturbate maybe once every 3 days, and that's if I'm really trying hard. I used to not have to try to at all. I'd see a sexy woman and just have the urge to jerk off. Doesn't happen now. My semen now is much smaller in quantity and much more watery. I feel much less sexual desire. I started using this drug to look more attractive, but I find myself feeling worse off than before. I used to (and still do) obsess about my hairloss and wish I had a thick head of hair, but the fact is that I've realized this drug is just not worth it; I'm starting to feel less of a man. Honestly, my final advise is don't bother with this drug unless you have absolutely no desire for a sexual relationship and are just trying to look good for a promotion from your boss. Propecia really embodies that old idiom about looking good on the outside, but feeling hollow on the inside.

Subj: Light headedness, astigmatism, and eye floaters
Date: 3/21/2009
Hi, I took propecia for 2 weeks and stopped due to light headedness than a few months later after stopping I started to get a slight astigmatism and a bunch of eye floaters. PROPECIA IS BAD NEWS.

Subj: Really bad side effect
Date: 3/21/2009
I have used propecia for 1 year...and started to develop skin rash which supposed to be Seborrheic Dermatitis... It's a really bad side effect. The possibitly might be that propecia will unbalance the large intestinal flora! There are many people with this side effect of propecia. The reason why tis side effect is not really mentioned is beacause it takes a long time when this skin disease starts to get serious.. It starts first like a unharmful little rash in the ears...later as hardcore dandruff and can spread out to the face back and chest. It's not a guess but it's truly not without risk. Not everybody will get it but a lot will who take these tablets.

Subj: Propecia side effects
Date: 3/23/2009
40yrs old, have been on propecia for 8 years Definitely thickend hair on scalp, mail pattern hairline retreat still advancing. Fathered 2 children with no problems, stopped for a month prior to both times I am on a break from propecia now, been off for one month, as side effects were becoming more pronounced. Some libido loss, which returned almost immediately. For me, its more an emotional thing, definite hormonal type change, felt less confident, unhappy and moody. Right now I feel more alive, sharper, there doesn't seem to be any issue. I'm convinced my hair will shed, but don't want to go back to how I felt. Thought I'd share as I read through the earlier comments. If anyone's going through anything negative, my experience has been the drug has a short half life and body & mind quickly returned.

Subj: How long we can use propecia?
Date: 3/23/2009
Hi, I'm 40yo. I have been using propecia for almost 10 years. My hair is fine. It just make me pee more often for the side effect. Is it danger for my health? How long we can use propecia? Thanks.

AskDocWeb: No limit has been established on the length of time you can take Propecia.

Subj: Unbearable itching
Date: 3/24/2009
Hey, I've been on propecia for about 5 - 6 months right now, but after two months I had unbearable itching. First I thought it was scabies because there were hive like symptoms and I had very similar side effects. I asked my doctor for an anti-histamine to reduce to side effects ( polaramine ) while I did my tests to make sure it was scabies. The results came back negative, and at this time I did not even think that it was propecia that could be the cause of it.

Since then I've been using the anti-histamine very regularly as it in effect makes the symptoms go away. However, now the fact that I use it regularly I fear that it is slowly causing eczema on my skin. ( I see the elasticity of the skin slowly ). Now, I really do not want to stop propecia, considering I'm 18 and have been having hair loss symptoms from about 17. This is the primary reason why I keep taking the anti-histamine even though I probably shouldn't.

I recently moved to France and the symptoms started in winter, I'm not at all used to the cold so I'm kinda hoping on the fact that it could be in fact because of the cold. Maybe false hope, but hope anyway. I haven't read an often lot of people who have the same symptoms? Is it that rare? And if I were to be allergic to it, does that mean that propecia will not work anyway and thus taking the anti-histamine is no use? It really sucks if that's the case, because I'm not keen on giving up something that offers so much hope in my case. I don't experience any other side effects, and in effect, an increased libido.

Please get back to me soon, would like this to get resolved! As an alternative is it possible to take avodart? I know that itchy skin is listed as one of the side effects. But what I want to know is whether by taking an anti-histamine in conjunction is possible or just a waste of time?

AskDocWeb: Just because you have an allergic reaction, doesn't mean that a particular drug doesn't work. The drug could be giving you the intended benefit and at the same time, unacceptable side effects. We suggest you work with a dermatologist to find the cause of your hair loss and the best approach to treating it.

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