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Side Effects From Overdose Of Dhea
7-keto DHEA (7K-DHEA): It is related to dhea, androstenedione and other molecules that can be converted into testosterone & estrogen. 7k-dhea, however, cannot be converted into either of these. It is fairly new, and touted for weight loss & body building. It is sold as a dietary supplement, meaning no studies proving effectiveness were required. No side effects have been demonstrated. It is banned by wada for athletes. ...Read more
43yold taking 200mg progesterone (day1-15)-400mg (day15-28)and dhea 50mg x2yrs-from compounding pharmacy. Can I just stop taking? Side effects of stop?
Unclear: It is not clear why you are taking this particular regimen. This is not a very common combination for a 43 year old. Before stopping a medication I recommend discussing with the prescribing doctor. It is important to know why you are taking these medication before we could advise someone to stop them. ...Read more
I am looking to start on a course for dhea after a failed ivf. Anything I should avoid during this period and how bad are the side effects?
Not much info: This is a controversal medication to use for fertility since its not available made by a commerical pharmaceutical company, you find it in health food stores or compounded. There are no good studies that show an improvement in pregnancy rates, and many mds around the country do not use it. ...Read more
I am taking dhea - my skin recently has begun to emit a faint urine-like odor. Should I be concerned or is this one of the expected side-effects?
43yrold-progesterone 200mg (day1-15)-400mg (day15-28)and dhea 50mg-for PMS symptoms x2yrs. What happens if I quit cold turkey? What will side effects be?
Why cold turkey?: Discuss with your GYN about changing your hormone regimen. You have an interesting combination since the progesterone is likely turning down (if not off) your natural estrogen/progesterone production while the DHEA is a precursor for hormone production. If it's doing anything for you, stopping cold turkey is going to leave you feeling fairly crummy. ...Read more
I am a 31 year old PCOS patient, had miscarriage twice. Can I take supplements like DHEA and CoQ10. Are there any side effects? What dosage?
Can dhea be used without the side effects of testosterone therapy as stroke heart disease heart attack?
DHEA: For men dhea will not be strong enough to replace testosterone deficiency. However, you are likely low on dhea so taking it will likely benefit you anyways. Based upon your history, I would recommend that you be evaluated by anti-aging specialist who could shed light on the testosterone controversy as well as talk to you about heart/stroke prevention because it gets a lot more complex. ...Read more
No: Dhea is metabolized to cortisone, estrogen and testosterone -- and you can't control which one is goes to. Also, there is no medical indication to take it in the first place, and most of the dhea supplements have little dhea in them. Don't get your medical advice from tv or the internet! ...Read more
I'd like to try a topical dhea cream for muscle growth. I'm concerned about the acne effects. I've never had acne problems in my life. Thoughts?
Not for bodybuilding: Topical dhea is a putative anti-aging cream and it won't touch your muscles. At your age, hit the gym hard, get some creatine, maybe an electronic muscle stimulator if it's okay with your physician, and enjoy yourself. I'm also glad you're avoiding Anabolic steroids -- they're for lawbreakers and cheaters and most women prefer a naturally-fit looking man. Best wishes. ...Read more
Adrenal disease?: Dhea is the precursor to sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone). Testosterone is also released by the testes, and estrogen is also released by the ovaries. Some have used dhea for premature ovarian failure to help libido in women. However, these are mostly off-label uses that poor-quality studies to back them. Other uses (memory, aging, muscles, etc) are not validated and can be unsafe. ...Read more
You can take it but.: Dhea can be bought in certain stores selling vitamins and nutritional supplements and it will raise your blood level. Problem is very few studies show any measurably benefit from doing so, except perhaps in people whose adrenals have stopped working. Lots of hype about various benefits (energy, immune system) but no hard data to show it helps. ...Read more
Uncertain at most:
If levels of dhea decline with age, can replacing the hormone reverse aging in humans? Nobody knows for sure. In studies, laboratory animals given dhea supplements live up to 50 percent longer than normal. But we humans metabolize dhea differently than animals, so these results don't necessarily apply to us.
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See answer: Elevated dheas can cause wide range of issues, from hair problems, acne, irregular or scant periods. Your lifestyle, diet and stress levels all contribute to the amount of dhea in your body. Reducing stress, losing weight, eating less carbs and meat, vitamin e, licorice, and saw palmetto have all been promoted to lower one's dhea. Latter claims are anecdotal rather than scientifically validated. ...Read more
Possible, but....: Athough theoretically possible, it would require suppression of the adrenal glands, which the body typically does a great job of regulating on its own. I have seen advertisements for "estrogen and testosterone binders" but these generally do not help, and can cause many side-effects... ...Read more
Hormone replacement: Its never a good idea to take a hormone as a supplement unless there is a deficiency. Even in some hormone deficiencies, the drawbacks to replacement outweigh the benefits. While there is some limited evidence that dhea replacement can help specific groups (people with addison's disease for example), I am unaware of evidence for pregnenolone replacement. Endocrinologists have this knowledge. ...Read more
Probably nothing: If you are male, it is of little concern. Dheas is a much weaker androgen than testosterone. If you are female, it depends on how old you are, how high it is and what symptoms you have. Facial hair? Acne? No periods? Infertility? If you have no symptoms or if they are mild, I would not pursue further. If you are symptomatic, would talk to doc about checking adrenals or ovaries. ...Read more
While ACTH: Can stimulate dhea production, the exact mechanism of dhea regulation is unknown. Beware of junk you read on the internet re: dhea and it's significance in medical disease or use as a therapy. It is metabolized to estrogen, testosterone or cortisone -- and you can't control which it's converted into. Stay away from dhea supplements, most don't have much active ingredient anyway. ...Read more