Characteristics of Men Who Report Persistent Sexual Symptoms After Finasteride Use for Hair Loss

    Shehzad Basaria, Ravi Jasuja, Grace Huang, Whitney Wharton, Hong Pan, Karol M. Pencina, Zhuoying Li, Thomas G. Travison, Jag Bhawan, Renaud Gonthier, Fernand Labrie, Alain Y. Dury, Carlo Serra, Allen Papazian, Michael P. O'Leary, Sami S. Amr, Thomas W. Storer, Emily Stern, Shalender Bhasin
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    TLDR Finasteride for hair loss may cause persistent sexual symptoms, depression, anxiety, and lower quality of life.
    This document summarizes a study that investigated the characteristics of men who reported persistent sexual symptoms after using finasteride for hair loss. The study found that these men had higher rates of depression, anxiety, and cognitive symptoms compared to men who did not report persistent symptoms. They also had lower scores on sexual function questionnaires and reported a decrease in quality of life. The study suggests that healthcare providers should be aware of the potential for persistent sexual symptoms in men using finasteride for hair loss and should monitor patients for these symptoms.
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