Propecia Suicide Cases As A Result From Taking The Mens Hair Loss Pill (Finasteride)
Propecia Has Been Linked To Many Suicides From Men All Around The World, Many Have Gone Unreported Or Unlinked To The Medication, But One Poor Victim, 22 Year Old, Randy Santmann, Had The Intelligence To Make The Connection To Propecia (Finasteride). He Suffered With Many Of The Side Effects Associated With Post Finasteride Syndrome, Including Sexual And Mental Side Effects Of Propecia.
There Are Many Theories As To What Causes Men To Feel Suicidal After Taking Finasteride. One Theory Could Be The Altered Levels Of Neurosteroids Within The Brain Or Massively Altered Or Depleted Hormone Levels, Such As Low Testosterone.
I Would Personally Like To Share My Story Of Suicide Involving Propecia. Prior To Ever Taking Propecia, I Was Fit And Healthy With No Mental Or Physical Health Problems. After Taking Propecia In 2013 For 4 Weeks, I Began Noticing I Was Feeling Unwell And More A Feeling Of Been Unaware Of Reality, Very Very Spaced Out, Almost Outer Body Type Feeling. This Was Also The Start Of 4 Days Of Terrible Insomnia, Combined With Severe Panic Attacks. I Began To Lose Concept Of Time, The Ability To Concentrate, Very Poor Memory (Short Term). Shortly After This Time My Family Encouraged Me To Visit A Mental Home For Treatment.
I Spent 8 Weeks In The Mental Home With No Improvements. Whilst In The Mental Home/Hospital, I Had Blood Tests Taken, My Testosterone Level Was At A Critically Low Level Of 6.9 Nmol In A Range Of 7-50 Nmol. It Is Said A Healthy Level For Men Should Be At Least 15 Nmol Or Ideally Higher. I Began To Feel Worse, It Was At This Point I Began To Experience Suicidal Images Of Myself Hanging From Different Objects. This Was Very Real But Also Very Scary. I Felt Almost Compelled To Follow Through With These Images And Carry Out The Act.
After Been In The Mental Hospital For About 5 Weeks, I Remember Waking Up One Saturday Morning With The Same Suicidal Images. I Sat In My Room And Began To Plan My Suicide. I Picked Up A Jumper/Sweater, Walked Into The Bathroom And Tied One Sleeve To The Handle Of The Toilet And The Other Sleeve Around My Neck And Fell Forwards, Just At The Point Of Almost Losing Consciousness, I Pulled The Pressure From Around My Neck And Pulled Out Of The Act, Panting For Breath. I Just Sat There On The Floor Of The Bathroom In A Confused Daze Before Slowing Getting To My Feet And Walked Over To My Bed Where I Began To Reflect On What I Had Just Done, But Still Nothing Felt Real. I'd Never Experienced This Before In My Life. I Have No Doubts In My Mind That Propecia And Its Active Ingredients Were At Fault For Pushing Me Into This Desperate State As It Has Many Other Men. I Still Remain Today, Feeling Dazed And Confused, But I Am Hopeful Of Staying Clear Of Thoughts Of Ending My Life. I Need To Stay Strong For The Sake Of My Children. There Has Not Been One Day I Have'nt Woke Every Morning With Regret Or Dispair Of How Propecia (Finasteride) Has Shattered My Life. I Still Remain Impotent, 10 Months Since Quitting The Drug That The FDA And Merck Still Deem As Safe For Consumers !!!
Since My Suicide Attempt, I Began Taking Clomiphene, Which Is A Medication To Raise Testosterone Levels. Within 10 Days Of Taking This Medication, My Testosterone Level Had Tripled And I Began To Feel Some Relief From My Suicidal Ideation.
I Still Struggle Every Day To Come To Terms With The Huge Life Altering Impact Propecia Has Had On My Life, Which I Feel Will Never Be The Same Again. I Will Always Carry The Scar Of Propecia. UPDATE I went back into the mental hospital in September after only managing 2 weeks at home. I took some sleeping pills, drank some alcohol and collapsed on my living room floor, before I had chance to kill myself, where the Police found me after breaking my door down, so I ended up back in the mental hospital, this time I was held under a Section of the mental health act. I remained in the hospital for about a week before I absconded and planned my suicide once more. This time, I got a taxi to a small remote village with a quiet train station. I managed to get within 800 feet of the train station, where I had planned to throw myself in front of high speed train, before the Police located me through the signal of my mobile phone. I was arrested and taken back to the mental hospital, where I remained for a further two weeks. I came back out the hospital, where I remain at home now since 14/10/2013, taking 45mg of Remeron (Mirtazapine) anti-depressant. My thoughts of suicide have since subsided, however, I still remain completely impotent, with no sexual function and have no sex drive at all. If I remain in this state by the time I turn 40 in August 2017, then I will end my life... All thanks to a hair loss pill called Propecia !!!
As I Continue My Journey To Recovery, I Have Been Helped By Many People, Some In The Mental Home, My Family, Members Of The Propecia Help Forum. I Would Also Like To Take This Opportunity To Say A Huge Thank You ToThe PFS Foundation, With A Special Mention Of Appreciation And Heart Warming Thanks To John Santmann And Rosemary McGeady, You Know That Without Your Personal Help, I May Not Be Here Right Now, God Bless You Both And Rest In Peace Randy My Friend, I Think Of You Daily And Say A Little Prayer For You. For You Randy, I Will Promise To Fight This Illness And Work With Those Who Can Help Bring Justice To All The Fellow Sufferers.
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