The enzyme inhibitor Finasteride turns testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. This is used in the treatment of male pattern baldness as well as an enlarged prostate but it can also cause some unpleasant side effects. Some of the side effects are both severe and common, and consumers need to be aware of them before they start using this drug.
The most common and admittedly mild side effects are chills, confusion, dizziness and sweats. Those who take it may also experience a decrease in sexual libido and may not have the same desire they once had for intercourse. This can go away after they stop taking the drug, but in more severe cases it will persist much longer and may not be treatable.
More severe symptoms are typically rare, but can still be common enough that they are of concern for patients and medical professionals alike. The medically recognised condition post-Finasteride is characterised by a complete loss of sexual desire, decreased mental acuity and the development of female characteristics in male patients. In some cases, these conditions cannot be effectively treated, and they may persist throughout the rest of the patient’s lifetime.
These side effects may not be obvious right away, so patients are advised to instead watch for these lesser side effects that can lead up to something more severe. They include hives, welts, skin rashes, unexplained weight gains or losses, tingling sensations in the extremities, lumps and soreness in the breast and irregularities in the nipple.
Men need to be aware that there is the potential for severe side effects with this drug, and they should get help immediately if they start to experience any of the more severe symptoms. Some side effects are more likely to occur if the patient is using the drug at high doses or engaging in improper use. Finasteride should only be taken according to the given directions, and if there is any sign of a severe side effect, the patient should stop taking the drug right away and seek help. It may be possible to treat the side effects before they become severe.
If you have any medical conditions that you are currently being treated for, you should not take Finasteride without medical advice. The drug can have severe and unpleasant interactions with some medications, and a doctor will be able to tell you if it is safe for you to take it or if you need to seek an alternative treatment method.
Some mild side effects are to be expected, but patients should not hesitate to get help as soon as they experience something severe from taking the drug.