Side effects of Finasteride

Posted by menaka @menaka, Aug 12, 2021

I’m 29 years old male. Since there were a considerable amount of hair falling, I went to an AGA clinic. I started with 30-day trial plan and got Finasteride. After taking it for like two days I felt numbness in my left leg. Then it went on the right leg. Within a week I couldn't even walk properly. This happened in the first week of April 2021. So I stopped taking Finasterideand consulted with the clinic. They advise me that there's no known side effect like this. I consulted my personal doctor and he also confused with the side effects.
Now it’s after 4 months there’s still slight numbness in left leg (about 25 %) and when I take a hot shower I feel temperature difference in two legs. Left does not feel temperature but right leg feels it.
Does anyone has same experience or advice on this matter.

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@menaka
Are you planning to restart this medication hopefully after these symptoms resolve or go on another?
Losing your hair isn't so bad. Mine was gone at 21.
Do the doctors have any idea why your hair is thinning?
Jake

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@jakedduck1

@menaka
Are you planning to restart this medication hopefully after these symptoms resolve or go on another?
Losing your hair isn't so bad. Mine was gone at 21.
Do the doctors have any idea why your hair is thinning?
Jake

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I’m considering not to take Finasteride again. Even after numbness goes way hopefully.I think being bald is better than having numbed legs.My hair is thinning due to male pattern baldness.
I thought numbness will goes away within a month or two but now it’s almost four months.

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Hi and Welcome to Connect, we are a group of patients and caregivers that share experiences to help others so we are not medical professionals. But hope to help others who share a particular condition.
I too take Finasteride 5 MG for my Enlarged Prostate. I haven’t experienced any of those side effects so I wonder if it may be caused by another medicine and or condition. Just some things to consider to bring up with your doctor. I hope you get some relief soon.
Blessings

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@danab

Hi and Welcome to Connect, we are a group of patients and caregivers that share experiences to help others so we are not medical professionals. But hope to help others who share a particular condition.
I too take Finasteride 5 MG for my Enlarged Prostate. I haven’t experienced any of those side effects so I wonder if it may be caused by another medicine and or condition. Just some things to consider to bring up with your doctor. I hope you get some relief soon.
Blessings

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Hello Mr Dana. Thank you for the sharing your experience with me.
I Didn't take any other medicine while using Finasteride but I am having beer or two in the evenings.
AGA clinic’s doctor and my doctor are both confused about this situation since there are no previous cases they have encountered. (I'm living in Japan)
To mention I have encountered weird situation. I started to see blood in the stool. So I went through a CT scan and there was no abnormality. When the numbness getting reduced by the time bleeding stoped.
I'm was confused. Tbh

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@menaka

Hello Mr Dana. Thank you for the sharing your experience with me.
I Didn't take any other medicine while using Finasteride but I am having beer or two in the evenings.
AGA clinic’s doctor and my doctor are both confused about this situation since there are no previous cases they have encountered. (I'm living in Japan)
To mention I have encountered weird situation. I started to see blood in the stool. So I went through a CT scan and there was no abnormality. When the numbness getting reduced by the time bleeding stoped.
I'm was confused. Tbh

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Menaka Interesting I'm sure the Doctors are a bit baffled but I know for at least some of my doctors they don't give up until they figure it out. I also don't think a beer now and then is an issue either. I don't indulge myself anymore but I used to and I didn't have any issues like that then. Keep us posted I myself am curious also. Please continue to share as you feel comfortable.
Your from Japan what an interesting country I had the opportunity to only spend one night in Tokyo once in the 1980s while waiting for a flight but I really enjoyed the hospitality of the hotel we stayed at and the great food we had that evening.
Have a great Day

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@menaka
According to the FDA,

On May, 18, 2021
29,441 people reported to have side effects when taking Finasteride.
Among them, 2 people (0.01%) have Peripheral neuropathy.

You may want to file a report.

Take care,
Jake

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