Emotional consequences of finasteride: fool’s gold.

Users of finasteride…report serious physical and emotional adverse effects, collectively known as post-finasteride syndrome… Limited research exists exploring the psychological corollaries of post-finasteride syndrome and preexisting Axis I and Axis II mental health conditions… An important finding in this study was that almost 57% (n = 97) of men reported a psychiatric diagnosis and 28% (n = 27) had a first-degree relative with a mental health disorder, of this group 17 only had a family history. Nearly 50% of the men surveyed reported clinically significant depression as evidenced by Beck Depression Inventory score and 34% experienced anxiety on the Beck Anxiety Inventory.

Ganzer CA, Jacobs AR, et al. Emotional Consequences of Finasteride: Fool’s Gold. Am J Mens Health. 2018 Jan; 12(1): 90–95. Published online 2016 Feb 11. doi: 10.1177/1557988316631624. PMCID: PMC5734544. PMID: 26868914. [PubMed]