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DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone manufactured within the body's adrenal glands and brain that supports the body's production of androgens and estrogens. After most people reach the age of 30 their DHEA level begins to decrease, sometimes significantly. Many patients suffering from hormonal disorders are found to have low levels of DHEA in their bodies. Doctors may prescribe DHEA as part of a treatment plan for obesity, osteoporosis, and depression. DHEA is also prescribed for anti-aging, sexual dysfunction, to improve cognition in the elderly, to slow the progress of Alzheimer's disease, and to help prevent breast cancer, diabetes, infertility, metabolic syndrome, clogged arteries, and many other conditions.

How to Use DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA comes in various forms, ask your doctor about which method of delivery is right for you. Consult with your compounding pharmacist and he or she will craft a method of delivery tailored to your specific needs.

Possible Side Effects

Many side effects are possible. Until beginning use of DHEA it is impossible to now which side effects, if any, you will experience. Some common side effects are listed below for your information but note that this is a partial list. Any side effects that are troubling or increasing in intensity or lingering should be taken seriously and you should contact your doctor right away.

In Women:

  • Unnatural Hair Growth
  • Irregular Periods
  • Smaller Breast Size
  • Deepening Voice
  • Oily Skin
  • Increase in Genital Size

In Men:

  • Urinary Urgency
  • Reduced Size of the Testes
  • Breast Tenderness
  • Aggression

In Men and Women:

  • Sleep Problems
  • Itchy Skin
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Mood Changes


Information on the long-term use of DHEA is scant. Long term use of this drug is not advisable unless under the constant care of a doctor.

WARNING: DHEA could possibly increase the risk of some cancers. Ask your doctor about your risks and options before using DHEA in any form.

DHEA could cause negative interactions with other drugs or negatively impact other conditions and diseases so anyone considering the use of DHEA should schedule a full medical workup and consultation with their doctor before taking DHEA.

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