Finasteride: persistent sexual side effects?

There is a lot of hysteria online regarding this. Do the expert doctors here believe there may be some truth to this? Thanks,

Doctor Answers 3

Finasteride side effects

I prescribe Finasteride on a regular basis for male pattern hair loss; I even take it myself. I also have prescribed this product to patients for prostate enlargement at a higher dose for over 30 years. I have yet to see a case of permanent sexual disfunction. If there are any hints of sexual dysfunction , I have the patient take the medicine every other day and typically resolves. I know this IS a reportable side effect, but as you can see, I think the benefits out weigh the risks.

Overland Park Family Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Hair loss & erectile dysfunction with finasteride -- PRP, Progesterone, Viviscal, Rogaine, Spironolactone


between finasteride and permanent erectile dysfunction

discontinuance exists, but it is less than 1%. If it concerns you,
choose combination therapy that I favor, including progesterone and PRP.

transplant is always an option.
Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 159 reviews

Post Finasteride Syndrome. ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS NJ

Post Finasteride Syndrome reportedly exists in 1% of Finasteride users  who have discontinued use. There is a tremendous psychological effect. It is recognized by the FDA .It is rare. One cannot deny it may exist.Good luck.

Jeffrey Rapaport, MD
Englewood Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.