The Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation’s primary mission is to fund research on the characterization, underlying biologic mechanisms and treatments of post-finasteride syndrome (PFS). Other goals include generating public awareness of PFS and providing support for patients suffering from the condition.
Adverse drug reaction reports worldwide
PFS research studies published
Known suicides worldwide
Doctors & researchers speaking out
Nations warning of PFS
Men under the age of 40 who use finasteride for alopecia are at risk for suicide if they develop persistent sexual adverse effects and insomnia.
An important pattern of symptoms was common among all cases who committed suicide in the setting of finasteride use – insomnia and persistent sexual dysfunction after medication discontinuation. Insomnia and fatigue/tiredness were some of the most debilitating symptoms… Men under the age of 40 who use finasteride for alopecia are at risk for suicide if they develop persistent sexual adverse effects and insomnia.
—Finasteride and Suicide: A Postmarketing Case Series: Dermatology, January 14, 2020
[A]t least 17 countries…have warned…of the potential for depression, sexual side effects, or both.
Emerging post-marketing reports of persistent depression and sexual side effects have led to growing concerns about the safety of 5α-reductase inhibitors and prompted product labeling changes in many regulatory jurisdictions. Since 2008, at least 17 countries including the United Kingdom and the United States have warned prescribers of the potential for depression, sexual side effects, or both with finasteride.
Two subjects—eight percent—committed suicide during or after the study.
While the sexual side effects of 5ARIs are well known, there may be persistent genitourinary, physical, psycho-cognitive, anti-androgenic and penile vascular changes after 5ARI discontinuation. Use of 5ARIs for treatment of AGA may lead to persistent sexual, genitourinary, physical, psycho-cognitive, and anti-androgenic sequelae even after cessation of 5ARI therapy… Two subjects (8%) committed suicide during or after the study.
—Penile vascular abnormalities in young men with persistent side effects after finasteride use for the treatment of androgenic alopecia: Translational Andrology and Urology, April 2020
FDA is concerned that use of finasteride by pediatric patients may pose long-term safety risks.
Finasteride inhibits Type II 5(alpha)-reductase, which metabolizes testosterone to the potent androgen 5(alpha)-dihydrotestosterone. FDA is concerned that use of finasteride by pediatric patients may pose long-term safety risks regarding growth, development and sexual function.
—FDA response to Merck & Co.’s citizen petition requesting that finasteride be added to the List of Approved Drugs for Which Additional Pediatric Information May Produce Health Benefits in the Pediatric Population: May 2000
August 7, 2013 Dear Friends: The PFS Foundation is seeking information about patients who have taken finasteride or dutasteride, and who have attempted suicide or who have completed suicide. This is an area of active research interest and researchers are seeking to obtain medical records and other relevant material for such patients. To […]
Aug. 4, 2013 Dear Friends: When we incorporated the Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation in July 2012, our mission was clear: To fund research on the characterization, underlying biologic mechanisms and treatments of PFS while raising public awareness of this often life-altering condition afflicting thousands of men the world over. Now, on the occasion of our one-year […]
SOMERSET, N.J., July 1, 2013 – The Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation today announced the funding of a major clinical study on post-finasteride syndrome (PFS) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Titled “A Preliminary, Hypothesis-Generating Investigation of the Post-Finasteride Syndrome: Description of the Phenotype, and Elucidation of the Hormonal, Genetic […]
SOMERSET, N.J., March 25, 2013 – The roundtable discussion at the 7th international steroids and nervous system meeting in Orbassano (TO), Italy, February 16th – 20th 2013, included scientific presentations and discussions amongst multiple medical researchers regarding the Post-Finasteride Syndrome. This event was a great opportunity for the PFS Foundation to increase awareness of PFS […]
SOMERSET, N.J., March 18, 2013 – The Post-Finasteride Syndrome Foundation today announced that it has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service. “Nonprofit status will allow us to put more dollars to work pursuing our core goal, which is funding research on the characterization, underlying biologic mechanisms and treatments of PFS,” added Dr. […]