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Dehydroepiandrosterone

Molecule Description

DHEA is a natural hormone produced in the body which is used in the biosynthesis of male and female sex hormones.

Uses of Dehydroepiandrosterone

  • Topical medicine used post menopause to decrease pain during intercourse
  • Skin ageing
  • Low mood disorder
  • Low bone density

Contraindications of Dehydroepiandrosterone

When should one not use Dehydroepiandrosterone

  • Do not take this medicine if you have:
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • PCOS/ PCOD

Side effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Indigestion
  • Pimples on face or body
  • Menstrual cycle changes
  • Voice deepening
  • Unwanted hair growth

Precautions and Warnings of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Pregnancy

Q:
Can I take Dehydroepiandrosterone during pregnancy?
A:
This medicine can harm the unborn baby, therefore avoid this medicine during pregnancy.

Breast Feeding

Q:
Can I take Dehydroepiandrosterone while breastfeeding?
A:
This medicine can pass into breast milk and may cause adverse effects in breastfed babies. Therefore avoid this medicine if you are breastfeeding.

Driving

Q:
Can I drive if I have consumed Dehydroepiandrosterone?
A:
Taking this medicine usually doesn’t affect the ability to drive.

Alcohol

Q:
Can I consume alcohol with Dehydroepiandrosterone?
A:
No information is available on interactions of this medicine when taken with alcohol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
You have cardiovascular diseases, prostate enlargement, high blood cholesterol, liver disease. There is an increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition when on this medication.

Mode of Action of Dehydroepiandrosterone

How Does It Work?

DHEA is a neurosteroid that is naturally synthesized by the human body and acts on specific tissues or cells in the body.

Interactions of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Interactions with other medicines

  • Clozapine, Carbamazepine, Lithium, Phenothiazines decreases the effectivity of this medicine
  • Do not use DHEA along with medicine containing estrogen and testosterone hormone

Interactions with food items

No information is available on interactions of this medicine when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dietary Restrictions of Dehydroepiandrosterone

No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.

Dosage of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Overdose

  • High doses of DHEA may cause the body to stop making the hormone on its own. High doses can also be toxic to liver cells.

Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose of medicine, take it as soon as you remember. If it's time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose of medicine to compensate for the missed one.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Q: What is the impact of DHEA on memory?

A: This medicine supplementation has not established to be useful for memory function in average middle-aged or older adults.

Q: Should I consult a doctor before taking DHEA?

A: DHEA is a prescription medicine; therefore, take it only when advised by the doctor.

Q: What special precautions should I follow?

A: Do not take DHEA if you have diabetes or have an enlarged prostate.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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