You need to discuss your laboratory results with your doctor and discuss treatment options with your doctor.
You need to discuss your laboratory results with your doctor and discuss treatment options with your doctor. The Internet is not a place to receive treatment advice.
Stop finasteride for low testosterone?
Hi, vkas –Finasteride does not cause low testosterone levels; indeed, there is evidence from a large study that finasteride can actually *elevate* serum testosterone (see link below). As far as the possibility of sexual problems is concerned, this has been waayyyyy overblown in Internet chat rooms. In a widely cited, randomized, controlled, prospective, double-blinded study, there was only about a 0.5% greater risk of decreased libido/erectile dysfunction compared to placebo, and in my experience treating thousands of men over the past 13 years I can recall only a single case where the side effects took longer than 3 months to resolve. (It’s important to remember that up to 40% of men have ED by the age of 40, and that ED has myriad known causes—from relationship stress, to family stress, to financial stress, to job stress, to depression, to hypertension/diabetes/alcohol/smoking/other drugs. Finasteride is a convenient scapegoat for many cases of sexual dysfunction, and more often than not the “side effects” are simply a self-fulfilling prophecy. And don’t forget, the side effect of not taking finasteride is baldness.Thanks for your question. I hope this has been helpful.
— Dr. Ballon
In most 28 year old men, regardless of your T level, this drug is usually very effective. If you want to change its use, speak with your doctor