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DHEA (Supplement)

Last updated on 21/03/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)


BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Natrol, Piping Rock, Puritan’s Pride


USED FOR: Androgen replacement / adrenal insufficiency 

OTHER DRUGS IN THE SAME CLASS: Estrogen, Levothyroxine, Progestin

What is DHEA for?

DHEA is a steroid hormone naturally produced by the adrenal glands. In the body, DHEA is further broken down into testosterone (male hormones) and estradiol (female hormones). It is believed that DHEA can improve sexual and cognitive functions, help with depression and reduce inflammation. It is hence commonly taken as a supplement to enhance exercise performance and as an adrenal androgen replacement in menopausal women. However, there is limited scientific evidence to conclude that taking DHEA supplement is effective for these purposes.

How to use it?

DHEA supplement is taken by mouth in the form of tablet or capsule. The usual adult dose is 25-100 mg once daily. For specific dosages, refer to the product label.

What are the side effects of DHEA?

As DHEA alters the balance of sex hormones, side effects of DHEA supplements may include acne and unwanted hair growth in women.

Who should not take DHEA?

No specific situation or population in which DHEA should not be used have been reported.

Pharmacist Tips:

DHEA should only be taken by women for adrenal deficiency and with impaired moods despite other treatments. 

Common dosing schedule:
Take DHEA as per product instructions.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications DHEA may interact with:
No significant interactions between DHEA and other medications have been reported. 

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy DHEA in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, DHEA supplements can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health. 

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of DHEA in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.