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Facial or body hair growth, high blood pressure, and headaches are some of the potential side effects of dehydroepiandrosterone. These side effects were typically reported with higher doses of the supplement, such as 200 mg daily or more. Unpredictable side effects are also possible due to contaminants in dehydroepiandrosterone products, as supplements are not as tightly regulated as prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a naturally occurring hormone that is sold as a dietary supplement. Even though it is "natural" and available without a prescription, it can still cause side effects, including some potentially serious ones.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with dehydroepiandrosterone. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of dehydroepiandrosterone side effects with you.)
It is a good idea to let your healthcare provider know if you experience any possible dehydroepiandrosterone side effects, however minor they may seem. Dehydroepiandrosterone can affect your hormonal balance, and even side effects that might seem insignificant (such as acne) can be signs of a hormone imbalance. Definitely be sure to report any serious, unusual, or distressing side effects.
Theoretically, dehydroepiandrosterone might increase the risk of cancer when taken chronically, although much more research is needed before it is known if this really is a potential problem.
Unpredictable side effects are also possible due to contaminants in dehydroepiandrosterone products. Because supplements are not as tightly regulated as prescription or non-prescription drugs, they are sometimes contaminated with other supplements, medications, or even toxins such as heavy metals. In order to avoid such problems, it is important to choose a high-quality supplement from a trustworthy manufacturer.