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DHEA
Basics
by Erowid
DESCRIPTION #
DHEA is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. Research shows that natural DHEA levels decline as humans get older, peaking sometime around age 18-25. Low levels of DHEA have been linked to immune system decline.
Dose #
5-25 mg / day
Price #
Price Summary Needed.
Law #
DHEA has been classified as a controlled substance by some countries including Australia, Canada, and Norway. It is not scheduled in the U.S. (as of 2001) and is available over-the-counter without a prescription.
Chemistry #
Chemistry Summary Needed.
Pharmacology #
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Production #
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History #
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Terminology / Slang #
Brand Names:
Prastera, Fidelin, Fluasterone.
The Substance:
DHEA; Dehydroepiandrosterone.
The Experience:
No common terms known.
EFFECTS #
Effects Summary Needed.
Onset #
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Duration #
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Visual Effects #
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PROBLEMS #
Common side effects include Acne and skin oiliness, unwanted facial hair growth in women, irritability or mood changes, overstimulation and insomnia. Less common side effects may include fatigue, headaches, menstrual irregularities, increased hair loss, hearth irregularities.
Contraindications #
  • DHEA should NOT be used by persons who are suffering from prostate or testicular cancer.
  • Pregnant women should consult their doctor before taking DHEA during pregnancy.

Addiction Potential #
Addiction Potential Summary Needed.
Long Term Health Problems #
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Risk of Death #
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CAUTION & DISCLAIMER #
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