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Hair Loss Drugs Share your opinions and experiences regarding drugs like Propecia (finasteride), Minoxidil and others.

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Old 11-12-2006, 11:42 AM
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I am grateful for your post and am very interested in everything you had to say. This is a discussion forum and it's important to express all sides to an argument. In fact, I love this forum because people actually DISCUSS things here with a civil tone.

I began my research because I randomly stumbled across some online posts reporting a reduction in penis size using Propecia. My intent is not to scare anyone, but to simply post my findings on that particular subject.

I am a firm believer that artificially altering the body's hormonal balance always has consequences. And I do not trust the pharmaceutical industry to properly research and publish those consequences.

I have always taken it upon myself to thoroughly research every drug I put into my body, ESPECIALLY if it is a drug I plan to use for life. The FDA is too busy to catch every flaw in every substance dumped on their desk and a single doctor's word is not enough for me. In this day and age, you're hard pressed to find a doctor that can keep up with every new turn in the pharmaceutical business. There are simply too many drugs on the market and it is too difficult to catch the problems in all of them.

I appreciate the fact that you took action to refute my post. I will try and track down human trials to further support my evidence. I will also speak to some University professors and a handful of urologists to corroborate that evidence.

Let's hope you are right and I am wrong!
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Old 11-12-2006, 12:05 PM
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Hi endoftherope,

I wouldn't take too much confidence in what is written in online posts. If you do find some factual information (i.e. from case studies, etc) than that would definitely be an interesting read. Otherwise I wouldn't get too worked up over the rants of others.
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Old 11-12-2006, 05:07 PM
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I didn't take stock in what random people were writing in forums. Yes, the complaints sparked my interest, but what truly got my attention were the scientific studies available that supported those complaints. Oddly enough, many of the studies I found online have suddenly disappeared.

The rat trials, though not as strong as human trials, do have some weight. They were given large amounts of finasteride because that is how the scientific community measures the long term effects of a drug. For example, instead of monitoring a subject for 100 years using 1 MG a day, they'll monitor the subject for 10 years at 10 MG a day. It's not perfect, but it's the only way to get a drug to market without actually spending 100 years testing it.

I do agree with a lot of what JW has stated and because of his post, I am going to continue looking into this.
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Old 11-14-2006, 09:55 PM
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hmmm...well, to be honest, I did read about this in GQ. Someone's wife had written in to one of their columnists claiming that her husbands penis had shrunk from propecia.

Pretty much the columnist just bashed her for not being supportive of her husband and that losing his hair was tough enough without having to worry about the size of his member.

However, the columnist did not bother to prove or disprove it her theory.

I for one don't think its true...although I did experience terrible sexual side effects when I first started the drug...the Swedish Bikini Team could have parachuted into my bedroom and couldn't have made it move! I may have been more inclined to believe this back then...maybe frightened posters are hitting up the message boards scared and confused, ready to believe every horrible story that's out there.
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Old 11-18-2006, 07:24 AM
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About the woman writing to GQ about her husband's penis shrinking,I will reiterate what I said in my post above. Does Propecia cause the penis to shrink or is it really a case of a Propecia user having softer, weaker erections from taking Propecia. Softer, weaker erections could make it appear that the penis has shrunk.

I have no doubt that Propecia can interfere with the production of nitrus oxide. Nitrus oxide is needed for hard, firm erections. Viagra increases nitrus oxide production in the body thereby resulting in hard, firm erections. L-Arginine also does the same thing. Thus, anecdotal stories of Propecia shrinking the penis don't carry a lot of weight with me because of this.

One other point: The optimal dosage of finasteride to shrink the prostate gland is 5 mg. That is what the prostate drug Proscar contains. Yet, Propecia, 1 mg. of finasteride, is not the optimal dosage for shrinking the prostate. Propecia is not prescribed for men suffering from BPH (an enlarged protate) because it does not do a good job in shrinking the prostate. This tells me that while 5 mg. of finasteride suppresses DHT levels to the extent that the prostate does not grow and even shrinks, 1 mg. of finasteride does not suppress DHT levels to the degree necessary to shrink the prostate. If 1 mg. of finasteride does not suppress DHT levels to shrink the prostate, then how can it supress DHT levels to shrink the penis? Endoftherope, are you out there? Am I making sense or not?
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I for one don't think its true...although I did experience terrible sexual side effects when I first started the drug...the Swedish Bikini Team could have parachuted into my bedroom and couldn't have made it move! I may have been more inclined to believe this back then...maybe frightened posters are hitting up the message boards scared and confused, ready to believe every horrible story that's out there.
How long were you on Propecia when you first noticed the side effects and how long until they subsided?

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Hi

This post is in my opinion is too funny. I have been on Propecia for 7 years and have experience zero side effects.. The only thing that shrinks a penis is a cold pool..
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This post is in my opinion is too funny. I have been on Propecia for 7 years and have experience zero side effects.. The only thing that shrinks a penis is a cold pool..

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LOL....yes, I second that a cold pool causes temporary shrinkage...but Finasteride does not

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Will EVERYONE suffer a shrunken penis due to Propecia? No. Absolutely not. People react differently to different medications and everyone's horomone levels are unique.
Hello, I'm a new member and forgive me for responding to such an old post, but my question is, will the penis size increase after discontinuing finasteride and the DHT levels increase? Thanks a alot. I appreciate your help.
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question is, will the penis size increase after discontinuing finasteride and the DHT levels increase? Thanks a alot. I appreciate your help.
I've been on finisteride for 10 years (proscar). I don't split the 5mg pill the way most people do. I just take a nibble and put the remaining piece back in the blister pack. Once in a while I'll accidentally bite off a larger piece than I meant to and take maybe half a pill (2.5mg). If I do that I won't be able to get an erection for 2 or 3 days. I also just skip taking it the next day or 2. After that I'm back to big hard erections with no problem.

True story. This just happened. Last week my girlfriend and I had the same vacation week. She stayd at my house for the week. We had awesome sex all week. At the end of our vacation she was so amazed and wanted to know how I could get so hard and stay so hard for hours. She came 4 times one night. Two days later she was still telling me she still felt all warm inside from it. So I don't think the finisteride is negatively effecting me other than the occasional times I take too much.

The trick is to play with your dose until you find an amount that is just less than what will start to make you lose your erections. You can also take it every other day. That's what I do now. As I've gotten older and my DHT is naturally lower, I've lowered my dose to 1mg every other day instead of every day.
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