Hi Dr. Rassman,
So I have been using finasteride for 3 months now. Had two questions
1) Firstly I have had no side effects, compared to the horror stories on the net. So far so good. However I have noticed a slight alteration in mood maybe. Its not like I feel depressed or anything, but definitely a little more tired and groggy, and slight changes in sleep patterns. I am quite sure it is a side effect of finasteride since I am not going through any great stressful time or anything. I know people are quick to blame this drug for everything. Not my agenda here. But definitely have noticed something. Nothing too alarming though.
I have read many forums and quite some people have suggested to take a very small dose of PREGNENOLONE alongside finasteride. I was wondering if you know anything about this combination or if it could help with mood disturbances. I know you will ask me to consult my prescribing doctor which I will do so, but was wondering what your thoughts are on this combination.
2) Also I take 5MG cut into quarters (generic). Your website mentions not to do so, yet many patients have been advised to do so, am I missing something here. I have no problem cutting the pill either (use a pill cutter) .. but the quarter is very small…I usually do get equal parts..but am wondering if I am indeed obtaining between 1-1.25 daily?? Some say the compound is not equally distributed, some say it is homogenized?? so just confused regarding this matter as well, and would appreciate your thoughts
Pregnenolone is a steroid and not recommended for balding men. Moreover, steroids can also drastically alter mood as a side effect. I don’t know about the combo specifically, but I wouldn’t recommend it particularly because pregnenolone could lead to more hair loss. If you are having side effects from finasteride, then you should go back to the doctor who prescribed it to you.
Cutting 5mg finasteride into quarters should be as effective as 1mg taken daily. People cut it into quarters for practicality since cutting it in five equal pieces would be difficult. The generic should be homogenized (see here).
Where does this site say to not cut the pill? There’s a lot of info on this site, but I don’t remember ever suggesting that a cut 5mg pill is something that should be avoided. For years now I’ve been recommending splitting the 5mg generic pill for those patients that wish to save some money. You just need to find a doctor that will prescribe the 5mg pill (prostate medication) with instructions to cut it.