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PRASTERONE (also known as DEHYDROEPIANDROSTERONE, or DHEA), is a dietary supplement. DHEA is a pro-hormone produced in the body. It is mostly promoted to replace DHEA in the body that declines with aging. The FDA has not approved this supplement for any medical use. Compare multivitamin and mineral supplements.
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Dhea Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Women should inform their doctor if they wish to become pregnant or think they might be pregnant. There is a potential for serious side effects to an unborn child. Talk to your health care professional or pharmacist for more information.

DHEA use is banned in competitive sports. Both college (NCAA) and olympic (USOC) committees do not allow DHEA use among athletes.

Supplements are not regulated like medicines. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:

  • Always read product labels and follow directions.
  • Natural does not mean a product is safe for humans to take.
  • Look for products that include USP after the ingredient name. This means that the manufacturer followed the standards of the US Pharmacopoeia.
  • Supplements made or sold by a nationally known food or drug company are more likely to be made under tight controls. You can write to the company for more information about how the product was made.
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Side Effects to watch for

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • acne
  • breast pain, swelling, or change in breast appearance
  • trouble passing urine or change in the amount of urine
  • dark urine
  • general ill feeling or flu-like symptoms
  • hair growth in unusual places
  • hoarseness of the voice
  • light-colored stools
  • nausea, vomiting
  • menstrual changes
  • right upper belly pain
  • unusually weak or tired
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • change in sex drive or performance
  • headache
  • loss of appetite

What may interact with this drug?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • dietary supplements containing DHEA

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

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