Pharmacologic Category: Steroid hormone
What is this medicine used for? Improves energy, vision, memory, clarity of thinking, well-being, and often sexual enjoyment or libido. It may be considered a good brain enhancer in those who are deficient. Studies in rodents show it to be one of the most effective and powerful memory boosters. Some women report reduction of hot flashes or premenstrual symptoms.
Who should not take this medicine? Do not use if you suffer from seizure disorders. You also should not use pregnenolone if you are taking DHEA supplements.
Key warnings before taking this medicine: Your health care provider needs to know if you have any of these conditions: a history of breast cancer, prostate cancer, seizures, prostate enlargement, heart disease, low “good” cholesterol (HDL), history of seizures; using any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug. Pregnenolone is not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, or those with liver or kidney disease.
What are the precautions when taking this medicine? Possible interactions include benzodiazepines. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
How is it best taken? Take this medication by mouth daily unless directed otherwise by your healthcare provider.
What do I do if I miss a dose? If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take two doses at the same time.
What are some possible side effects of this medicine? Insomnia, irritation, agitation and changes in mood and personality, acne, hair loss, hair growth on the face (in women), aggressiveness, irritability, and increased levels of estrogen. This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. Call your health care provider immediately if you are experiencing rapid or irregular heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, or other similar symptoms.
How should I store this medicine? Store this medication at 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C) and away from heat, moisture and light. Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Do not flush unused medications or pour down a sink or drain.