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Why do some people use anabolic steroids without a prescription? What problems can using illegal anabolic steroids cause? Anabolic steroids can cause serious side effects. Some of these effects can be permanent. In men, anabolic steroids can: Reduce sperm count. Shrink the testicles. Cause you not to be able to father children. Enlarge the breasts. In women, anabolic steroids can: Increase body hair.
Make skin rough. Decrease breast size. Enlarge the clitoris. Deepen the voice. In both men and women, anabolic steroids can cause: High blood pressure, heart attack, or stroke. Liver disease and possibly liver cancer. The chance of these problems is higher when steroids are taken as a pill. Oily skin, acne, and male-pattern hair loss. Skin infections that can become severe if the drug was tainted with bacteria. Irritability, rage, aggression, violence, uncontrolled high energy mania , false beliefs delusions , and substance use disorder.
How is anabolic steroid misuse identified? How is it treated? Doctors usually advise: Treatment in a program that includes medicines for withdrawal symptoms and other health problems. Family and social support. Individual or family counseling. Medical aspects of sports medicine. In PJ McMahon, ed. Nieman LK. Pharmacologic use of glucocorticoids. Long-term glucocorticoid therapy. Mayo Clinic; Wilkinson JM expert opinion. Mayo Clinic. Acetyl-L-carnitine: Can it relieve MS fatigue?
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