Medication Guide App

DHT Side Effects

Generic Name: dihydrotachysterol

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of dihydrotachysterol. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name DHT.

Not all side effects for DHT may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to dihydrotachysterol: oral capsule, oral concentrate, oral tablet

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using dihydrotachysterol (the active ingredient contained in DHT) and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • bone pain, hard lumps under your skin;

  • eyes that are more sensitive to light;

  • eye redness or discharge;

  • weight loss;

  • metallic taste in your mouth;

  • urinating more than usual, especially at night;

  • nausea, vomiting;

  • severe stomach pain;

  • high fever; or

  • uneven heartbeats.

Continue using dihydrotachysterol and talk with your doctor if you have any of these less serious side effects:

  • dry skin;

  • changes in your bowel habits;

  • dry mouth; or

  • muscle pain.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to dihydrotachysterol: oral capsule, oral concentrate, oral tablet


Early signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia include headache, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, metallic taste, constipation, abdominal cramps, dry mouth, weakness, fatigue, muscle, and bone pain, ataxia, tinnitus, and vertigo. Later hypercalcemia may result in pruritus, mental confusion, coma, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, metastatic calcification, and renal insufficiency manifested by polyuria, nocturia, polydipsia, and proteinuria.

The effects of dihydrotachysterol (the active ingredient contained in DHT) can persist for up to one month after discontinuation of the drug.[Ref]

Metabolic side effects have included hypercalcemia.[Ref]


1. Miller SM "New perspectives on vitamin D." Am J Med Technol 49 (1983): 27-37

2. Araugo OE, Flowers FP, Brown K "Vitamin D therapy in psoriasis." DICP 25 (1991): 835-9

3. "Product Information. DHT (dihydrotachysterol)." Roxane Laboratories Inc, Columbus, OH.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. In addition, the drug information contained herein may be time sensitive and should not be utilized as a reference resource beyond the date hereof. This material does not endorse drugs, diagnose patients, or recommend therapy. This information is a reference resource designed as supplement to, and not a substitute for, the expertise, skill , knowledge, and judgement of healthcare practitioners in patient care. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate safety, effectiveness, or appropriateness for any given patient. does not assume any responsibility for any aspect of healthcare administered with the aid of materials provided. The information contained herein is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions, or adverse effects. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.