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 18 8
Loss of energy 15 10
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 12 2
Adrenal Fatigue 6 3
Brain fog 6 2

Show all 35 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 3
Moderate 6
Mild 6
None 31

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 2
Heart palpitations 2
Jittery feeling 2
Anxiety attacks 1
better mood and fatigue management 1
Difficulty urinating (dysuria) 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 7
50 mg daily 5
5 mg daily 2
6.25 mg daily 1
10 drop(s) daily 1
12 mg daily 1
15 mg daily 1
20 mg daily 1
25 mg twice daily 1
100 mg daily 1

See all 11 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 14
Other 11
Side effects too severe 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 4
Expense 4
Personal research 3
See all 46 patients who’ve stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration

Currently taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 7
10 years or more 4

Stopped taking Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 33
Usually 8
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 41
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 6
< $25 25
Not specified 15
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5 patient evaluations for Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA

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darinmnj
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darinmnj
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: severe
Chest: moderate
Legs: severe
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See darinmnj's full Dehydroepiandrosterone DHEA history

May 1, 2012 (Started Oct 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
HappyPhysicist
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HappyPhysicist
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: moderate
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: moderate
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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Jun 21, 2011 (Started Mar 15, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (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
gravityboy
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gravityboy
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 0
External Stress: Severe
63 M
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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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

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