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Jun 27, 2011

I, just recently began taking dhea after retinal reattachment surgery, I'm on ritonovir, presitza,atavaquone and truvada for hiv/aids, is there any danger with these meds?

Response from Mr. Vergel

What is the purpose of your taking DHEA? Do you have low blood levels? For energy?

Is your retinal detachment caused by CMV retinitis? If so, are your CD4 cells low?

DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) has been shown to improve energy levels but not testosterone in men. It can increase testosterone in women. You do not say if you are a woman or a man. It is an androgen mostly produced by the adrenal glands. DHEA can be understood as a prohormone for the sex steroids. It converts to its sulfated version in the liver (DHEAS) and may be viewed as hormone buffer and reservoir.

DHEA supplements are sometimes used as muscle-building or performance-enhancing drugs by athletes. However, a randomized placebo-controlled trial found that DHEA supplementation had no (statistically significant) effect on lean body mass, strength, or testosterone levels.

There is no published information about the effect of DHEA supplementation on retinal health after reattachment surgery.


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