What are anabolic steroids?
Anabolic steroids are drugs derived from testosterone, which is a male hormone.
Some come in tablet form, while others are injected directly into muscles.
Some anabolic steroids are:
It is important to note that if you buy steroids from a gym or a dealer, you may get something completely different. For example, you might be sold drugs that were meant for animals. They might also be incorrectly labelled or fake.
Some names of steroids which are made for use on animals are:
Risks of Using Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic steroid use comes with risks, whether taken in tablet form, or via injections.
While different drugs cause different side effects at different doses, every time you use another steroid, increase the steroid dose and extend the time you use steroids, you increase your chances of getting more side effects.
Besides that, Anabolic steroids cause hormonal imbalances in the body. It is also important to remember that injecting anabolic steroids increases the risk of contracting blood-borne diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B and C.
The Effects of Steroids
Anabolic steroid users often say that they experience :
- a feeling of euphoria (feeling high) or improved self-esteem (feeling better about themselves).
- Some may have mood swings, violent or aggressive behaviour (‘roid rage’), become paranoid or depressed.
If you think you are experiencing any of these side effects, you should discuss them with your doctor.
You may become psychologically dependent on anabolic steroids.
If this happens you may crave steroids and find it very difficult to stop using them, even when you know they are negatively affecting your health.
People addicted to steroids exhibit certain behaviors that cause them to put their drug use above all else.
Common behaviours linked to steroid addiction may include:
- Prioritizing steroid use over potential health risks
- Having cravings for steroids
- Experiencing issues with family and friends due to drug use
- Going to great lengths to find and obtain steroids
Many users overlook the addictive potential of anabolic steroids. Steroid users who are not addicted to steroids may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the drugs.
This is because the body becomes physically and emotionally dependent on the drugs.
The hormonal imbalances caused by steroids make quitting “cold turkey” dangerous for the user.
Headaches and muscle cramps are common physical withdrawal symptoms, but the most dangerous part is the psychological withdrawal.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) on Anabolic Steroids
Will anabolic steroids work better if I use more?
No. There is really no point in taking extra anabolic steroids when they have no extra effects on your build – and can certainly cause more side effects.
Are anabolic steroids used for medical reasons?
Yes, there are medical uses for Anabolic steroids. For example, Anabolic steroids are used to treat certain hormonal problems, where there is a deficiency of natural male hormones.
However, bodybuilding or improving sporting performance are not medical reasons for using anabolic steroids.
Should I tell my doctor if I use anabolic steroids?
Yes, your doctor may discover early side effects from using anabolic steroids, which you may not have noticed.
Your doctor can also give you advice on how to decrease the side effects.