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Anabolic Steroids are drugs that are forms of the hormone testosterone. They are known for their effects on muscle. However, they also have effects like growth of facial hair, deepening of the voice, and changes in behavior. Anabolic steroids are occasionally prescribed to help AIDS patients gain weight and to treat some types of severe anemia. These drugs are also used illegally by some athletes to improve performance, and by others to get a more muscular appearance.
Anabolic steroids such as: Anadrol, Dianabol, Winstrol, Deca-Durabolin, Oxandrin and Testosterone come in various forms including pills, patches, gels, tablets and injectables.
Both adults and children use anabolic steroids. Since 2010, use in children has increased 39% among 8th graders, 67% among 10th graders, and 84% among senior in high schools. A recent survey reported that one of very 16 high school students has used anabolic steroids.
Steroid use by college athletes has increased by 55% since 2010 as well, and many professional athletes continue to use these drugs illegally for performance enhancement. The latest athlete in the media who has been suspected for using steroids is Alex Rodriguez.
Anabolic steroids have dangerous physical and psychological side effects. These may be more dangerous in young adults because they can stop growth, and in females they can cause permanent changes in the voice and genitals. After stopping these drugs, people can experience severe depression and moodiness.
Injections of anabolic steroids carry the risk for infection with AIDS or hepatitis if needles are shared. Anabolic steroids obtained without a prescription are unreliable and may contain additional substances, and may not even contain the steroids!
Other side effects in males include: gynecomastia , shrunken testicles, acne, baldness, liver abnormalities, aggressive behavior(“roid rage”), paranoia, and blood clots.
In females: Facial hair, deep voice, increased body hair, irregular periods, and an increased appetite.
If you are using anabolic steroids without a doctor’s prescription, stop! You could be causing irreversible damage to your body. If you have used anabolic steroids and are experiencing health problems, see your endocrinologist!