The effects of steroids
Jan 30 2020
How can steroids make you feel?
Steroids can cause various psychological effects - from euphoria to hostility. Some people who take steroids say that drugs make them feel strong and energetic. However, steroids are also known to increase irritability, anxiety and aggression and cause mood swings, manic symptoms and paranoia, especially when taken in high doses.
High doses, especially when taken orally, can cause nausea, vomiting, and stomach irritation. Other effects include fluid retention and trembling. Therefore, doses should be strictly controlled by your personal trainer.
Is it addictive?
Yes they can be. Addiction to steroids differs from many other drugs in that tolerance to the effects does not develop. However, some people who abuse steroids meet the criteria for drug dependence in that they:
-continue taking steroids even if they experience negative physical or emotional effects
-spend a lot of time and money on medicines
-experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as mood swings, fatigue, anxiety, depression, loss of appetite, insomnia, decreased sex drive and desire to take more steroids.
Are they dangerous?
Yes, if you take large doses of steroids, this increases the risk of:
- enlargement and abnormalities of the heart, blood clots, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Steroid heart failure was observed in athletes younger than 30 years old.
-aggression and violence ("rabid rage")
- negative personality changes, mania and depression; depression may persist for up to one year after drug use is stopped
-hepatitis, enlarged liver and liver cancer
-decreased fertility in both women and men
-tendon ruptures, cessation of growth in adolescents
-hepatitis or HIV if steroids are injected with shared needles, and infections if steroids are injected with dirty needles.
What are the long term effects of its use?
Some steroid effects disappear when drug use is stopped, but others are permanent. The effects of prolonged use include:
-acne, cysts, oily hair and skin, and thinning of the hair on the head in both sexes
-feminization in men, including continuous breast development
-decreased testicle, difficulty or pain when urinating, and an increased risk of prostate cancer in men
-masculinization in women, including reduction in breast and fat size, coarsening of the skin, enlargement of the clitoris, deepening of the voice, excessive growth of hair on the body, hair loss on the head and changes or termination of the menstrual cycle; with prolonged use, some of these effects may be permanent.
-in children or adolescents, a high level of testosterone stops bone growth, inhibiting their growth to full height
-aggression and violence; personality changes return when drug use is stopped.
The steroids should be used carefully and the doses should be strictly controlled by your personal trainer.