As of November of 2015, there is not enough solid information about the use of 7 Keto DHEA to determine its side effects, according to WebMD. People use 7 Keto DHEA to promote weight loss because it may boost metabolic activity, increase activity in the thyroid gland and enhance the production of lean muscle mass, but there is not enough evidence to determine if the drug is effective.
7 Keto DHEA derives from a hormone that naturally occurs in the body known as dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, as WebMD explains. DHEA in the body converts to steroid hormones, such as estrogen and androgen, but oral consumption and topical application of 7 Keto DHEA do not appear to result in conversion into steroid hormones or to promote the production of steroid hormones.
There is no consensus on the risks of 7 Keto DHEA during pregnancy or the risks it poses when interacting with other medications. There is also not enough evidence to determine the correct dosage of the drug for efficacy and safety, as WebMD states. In addition to its potential benefits as a dietary aid, proponents believe that 7 Keto DHEA improves memory and enhances the function of the immune system.