Dehydroepiandrosterone appears to work for several different uses. However, there are many claims for dehydroepiandrosterone that are completely unsubstantiated or greatly exaggerated (see Does DHEA Work? for more information).
The best doses of dehydroepiandrosterone have not been established. Studies have used varying doses, depending on several factors (including the condition being treated).
(Click Dehydroepiandrosterone Dosage for more information.)
While low doses of dehydroepiandrosterone are often well tolerated, high doses can cause significant side effects, including (but not limited to):
- Facial and body hair growth (hirsutism)
- Hair loss
- Deepening of the voice
- Menstrual irregularity
- High blood pressure (hypertension).
(Click Side Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Dehydroepiandrosterone may potentially interact with a number of medications (see Drug Interactions With Dehydroepiandrosterone).