Users' questions

Does DHEA interact with any medications?

Does DHEA interact with any medications?

Drugs that may increase DHEA levels — Drugs that may increase DHEA levels in the body include alprazolam (Xanax), amlodipine (Norvasc), anastrozole (Arimidex), nifedipine (Procardia), danocrine (Danazol), diltiazem (Cardizem), ethanol (alcohol) ,methyphenidate (Ritalin), and metopirone (Metyrapone).

What are the side effects of taking DHEA?

Possible side effects of DHEA supplements can include:

  • Oily skin and acne, as well as skin thickening.
  • Hair loss.
  • Stomach upset.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Changes in menstrual cycle.
  • Facial hair in women.
  • Deepening of the voice in women.
  • Fatigue.

What happens if androstenedione level is high?

An excess level of androstenedione and other androgens can cause children to have sex organs that are not clearly male or female (ambiguous external genitalia), excess body hair (hirsutism), and abnormal menstrual periods in girls and precocious (early) puberty in girls and boys.

Does DHEA increase androstenedione?

An interesting finding in our study was a change in hormonal concentrations upstream to androstenedione and testosterone. DHEAS concentrations increased by 84% at time 0 after 28 days of supplementation with androstenedione (p = 0.09). This pattern is consistent with those observed by Broeder et al.

Are there any side effects when taking androstenedione?

Androstenedione is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for most people when taken by mouth. Some side effects experienced by men include reduced sperm production, shrunken testicles, painful or prolonged erections, breast development, behavioral changes, heart disease, and others.

Where does androstenedione go in the female body?

In females, the outer part of the adrenal glands (known as the cortex) and the ovaries release androstenedione into the bloodstream where it is converted to provide around half of all testosterone and almost all of the body’s oestrone, a form of oestrogen.

Why is androstenedione called a pro-hormone?

Androstenedione is described as a ‘pro-hormone’ because it has few effects itself. Instead, it is important because of the ability of different parts of the body to convert it into the hormones, testosterone and oestrogen, which exert many effects on the body.

What happens if a fetus has too little androstenedione?

In addition, if a male foetus has too little androstenedione, he may be born with abnormal genitalia. Too little androstenedione in later life would cause the same changes for both men and women as too little testosterone and oestrogen.