BASIC FACTS ABOUT STEROIDS
What are Steroids?
Steroids are manufactured testosterone-like drugs that are
usually taken to build muscle, enhance performance, and improve appearance.
While some steroids are used medically to treat many conditions including
asthma, chronic lung disease, skin conditions and allergic reactions such as
poison ivy, non medical use of steroids for cosmetic purposes can have serious
side effects. Using steroids for cosmetic or athletic purposes is not sanctioned
in the United States.
What are the street names?
Juice, Roids, Gym Candy, Pumpers, Stackers, Balls or Bulls,
Weight Trainers, Arnies, A’s or Anabolics
What Are Trade Names?
Anatrofin, Anaxvar, Annadrol, Bolasterone, Decadiabolin,
Decadurabolin, Dehydropiandrosterone (BHEA), Delatestryl, Dianiabol, Dihydrolone,
Durabolin, Dymethazine, Enoltestovis, Equipose, Gamma Hydroxybutilate, Maxibolin,
Methatriol, Methyltestosterone, Parabolin, Quinolone, Therabolin, and Winstrol
to name a few.
How are they taken?
Swallowed in tablets or liquid; or injected. Users take them in
patterns called “cycling”, which means they take them over a specific period of
time, stop, then start taking them again instead of continuously using them.
Many users also take different types of steroids in combination with other
drugs. This is known as “stacking”.
Signs and Symptoms of Steroid Use
Steroid abusers often exhibit the following symptoms:
Drug Test Detection
Oral steroids can be found in your system up to several weeks
after use. Injected steroids can be found for several months after use.
Use of steroids can increase muscle mass, strength, and
endurance, but can also cause liver tumors, jaundice, water retention, and high
blood pressure. Some users show bad judgment because the drugs make them feel
invincible. Other users suffer from uncontrolled aggression and violent behavior
called “Roid rage,” severe mood swings, manic episodes and depression. They
often suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability and can have
When the body experiences a build up of steroids in its system,
conditions such as hypertension; high cholesterol; kidney disease, stunted
growth; and heart damage are likely to occur. Women can experience irreversible
deepening of the voice, shrinking of the breasts, menstrual irregularities,
baldness and hair growth on other parts of the body, and genital swelling. Men
can experience baldness, breast enlargement, sterility, shrinking of testicles
and impotence. Steroids such as prednisone and other synthetic steroids, can
cause a rise in blood sugar by blocking the effect of insulin. Over time, users
can develop diabetes.
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