What is Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA?

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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an endogenous hormone (made in the human body) secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA serves as precursor to male and female sex hormones. It is used in the treatment of adrenal insufficiency, depression, induction of labor and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 43 13
Fatigue 22 8
Loss of energy 15 8
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 12 2
Brain fog 6 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 1
Moderate 5
Mild 6
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 2
Jittery feeling 2
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) 1
Hair loss 1
Heart palpitations 1
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) 1

Show all 9 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Dosage Patients Percentage
50 mg daily 6
25 mg daily 3
5 mg daily 1
6.25 mg daily 1
10 mg daily 1
100 mg weekly 1
20 mg daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 14
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 7
Side effects too severe 7
Doctor's advice 3
Expense 3
Personal research 3
See all 46 patients who've stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration

Currently taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 35
Usually 7
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 5
< $25 24
Not specified 15
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5 patient evaluations for Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

May 1, 2012 (Started Oct 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 21, 2011 (Started Mar 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Apr 4, 2010 (Started Oct 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 9, 2009 (Started Oct 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I have always felt that DHEA gives me a little help with stamina and energy. It may also help with a general sense of well-being. Seems to be a relatively safe way to slightly boost testosterone.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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