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In 2015, I had a very enlarged prostate and a high PSA. Through medications, things returned to almost normal. I'm 53 and in decent health with no other health issues or medications. I should also note that I live in Cambodia and have limited access to high-quality care other than going to Bangkok.
Last September, I started having hematospermia (blood in semen; very bloody). The Cambodian urologist prescribed a few medications, but nothing seemed to work. I eventually read an article about Proscar and that it can be effective for treating hematospermia.
I started Pronor 5 mg (generic finasteride) in late December. After 2 months, the hematospermia cleared up. My semen has been "clean" since early March. I am still taking Pronor.
The side effects have been a very low libido, difficulty in getting an erection, very small ejaculation and, I think, an increased sense of apathy and lack of enthusiasm to do anything.
I emailed my other urologist in Bangkok (more skilled than Cambodia) and he said that I could stop taking the Pronor, though I haven't been back to him for an exam.
My worries with stopping the Pronor is that the enlarged prostate will come back and I may, again, have increased problems with needing to urinate frequently and during the night and the blood in the semen, like before.
And, will the side effects I'm having now, go away?
I suppose that there is no way of knowing other than stopping to see what happens. Presumably, everyone reacts differently to having side effects and stopping medications
I'd appreciate any thoughts and best options by others.
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