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Side Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone

Possible Side Effects of Dehydroepiandrosterone

It appears that low doses of dehydroepiandrosterone are generally well tolerated (although more studies are necessary in order to know this for sure). Higher doses, such as 200 mg daily or more, have been reported to cause a variety of different side effects. These possible dehydroepiandrosterone side effects include:
  • Acne
  • Facial or body hair growth
  • Hair loss
  • Deepening of the voice
  • Menstrual changes
  • Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Liver dysfunction (which might cause problems such as yellow eyes or skin, dark urine, or upper right abdominal pain)
  • Insomnia
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Decreased levels of HDL cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
  • Mania symptoms (such as racing thoughts, careless spending, or risky sexual activity).

Final Thoughts

It is possible that you may experience some or none of the side effects explained above. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have side effects from a medicine that you have never tried. Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects while taking dehydroepiandrosterone or if something "just does not seem right" during treatment. While it may not be a side effect of dehydroepiandrosterone, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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