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DHEANatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions. DHEA is sold as an herbal supplement in the U.S. but is available only by prescription in most other countries.
Warning 1 - Contraindications: Men with prostate cancer or significant prostate problems should not use DHEA at all, since it is a precursor to testosterone, it may cause tumors to grow.
Women who have been diagnosed with estrogen-dependent cancers should avoid DHEA entirely or consult with a healthcare provider before taking it.
Pregnant or nursing women should avoid DHEA entirely.
For those with liver problems, diabetes, depression and mood disorders, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), taking DHEA might make these conditions worse.
Warning 2 - Hormone Replacement Therapy: DHEA may interfere with estrogen and androgen therapy. Since DHEA is a hormone, taking it in supplement form has some risks. Blood tests to determine current levels of DHEA-S should be taken before anyone considers using this supplement. DHEA therapy should be considered only when blood levels are low.
Warning 3 - Increased Cancer Risk: According to the Mayo Clinic DHEA supplements may increase your risk of developing breast, prostate cancer, and other types of cancer that are affected by hormone levels.
Warning 4 - Mood management medications: Taking DHEA supplements while on mood managing medication may produce sexually aggressive behavior in inappropriate situations.
Used as a natural health supplement: DHEA is still controversial. It is used internally for the following benefits and conditions:
Side Effects of DHEAIt appears that doses of DHEA below 200 mg daily are generally well tolerated by most people. Doses of 200 mg daily and higher have been reported to cause a variety of different side effects. These possible DHEA side effects include:
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