Propeciahelp.com is an international patient organization for men suffering from persistent sexual, mental & physical side effects from the drug Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar, generics), a 5-alpha reductase Type II (5AR2) enzyme inhibitor frequently sold as a treatment for male pattern baldness, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and as androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer.
Finasteride significantly reduces DHT levels in the body by inhibiting the 5AR2 enzyme, thus preventing the metabolism of Testosterone to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT, the most potent male androgen). Finasteride is also documented to inhibit the 5AR-reduction of Progesterone to Allopregnanolone, and Deoxycorticosterone to THDOC -- both vital neurosteroids which normally act on GABA-A receptors in the brain to exert anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects.
All men on this forum suffer from persistent mental, physical and sexual side effects that occurred during their usage of Finasteride, or which manifested shortly after discontinuing the drug. Propeciahelp.com thus exists as a place of support for men suffering from the Post-Finasteride Syndrome, and as a resource to try and understand how & why the drug caused these problems, and how we might recover from them.
Spreading awareness about undocumented, unresolved Finasteride Side Effects which can persist despite discontinuing the medication, for an unknown percentage of men worldwide.
The group was originally formed in 2003 on Yahoo, at the following address: http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/finasteride_side_effects/.
As membership for the Yahoo group grew to 1000+ people over 3 years, it was decided that a newer, easier-to-use forum was needed to help categorize and track the wealth of information collected -- hence, www.propeciahelp.com was born. Note that the Yahoo group is still available as a repository of past information, and can be referenced at any time by members who have access to it.
The PropeciaHelp Network
The PropeciaHelp network is currently comprised of the following websites: