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Steroids

Steroids are available legally only by prescription, to treat conditions that occur when the body produces abnormally low amounts of testosterone, such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence. They are also prescribed to treat body wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases that result in loss of lean muscle mass. Abuse of anabolic steroids can lead to serious health problems, some of them irreversible.

Today, athletes and others abuse anabolic steroids to enhance performance and also to improve physical appearance. Anabolic steroids are taken orally or injected, typically in cycles of weeks or months.

In addition, people who inject anabolic steroids run the added risk of contracting or transmitting HIV/AIDS or hepatitis, which causes serious damage to the liver.

Scientific research also shows that aggression and other psychiatric side effects may result from abuse of anabolic steroids. Many users report feeling good about themselves while on anabolic steroids, but it also know that they can cause extreme mood swings also can occur. Other effects can including symptoms leading to violence. Depression often is seen when the drugs are stopped and may contribute to dependence on steroids.

Research has indictaed that some users might turn to other drugs to alleviate some of the negative effects of anabolic steroids.

Most anabolic steroids users are usually male students.

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