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Does DHEA interact with other medications?

DHEA produces androgen and estrogen in the body and therefore, if taken as a supplement, may increase the levels of estrogen and testosterone in the blood to unhealthy levels and cause the body to stop making these naturally. Using DHEA supplements could interfere with anti-psychotic drugs, breast cancer therapy, insomnia medication, on insulin for diabetes. DHEA may also interact with corticosteroid medications used to treat inflammation. If you are taking prednisone, prednisolone, hydrocortisone, beclomethasone, triamcinolone, or other anti-inflammatory steroid treatment, speak to your doctor. DHEA may also interfere with antifungal, high cholesterol, cancer, and allergy drugs, and oral contraceptives that break down liver enzymes. Soy products may have a negative impact on DHEA function in the body.

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