Why are Steroids Harmful?
According to the majority of studies and trials, use of steroids can be extremely harmful to human health.
In other medical related conditions like Bronchitis, Corticosteroid a type of steroid is used for the anti-inflammatory purposes.
The use of Corticosteroids is allowed under strict supervision of an expert on physician because cases of Anabolic Steroid abuse are increasing every day.
Anabolic steroids are an imitation of essential male hormone i.e. Testosterone.
In the majority of cases, the substance is abused by many youths to induce early puberty or to increase the physical stamina for the short time being. It can also be used to ease the suffering of patients from AIDS or Cancer.
As mentioned earlier, this group of the drug is being abused by many athletes and bodybuilders as well who use it to enhance their physical appearance and performance level.
Anabolic Steroids are abused by following users
- Athletes who use it to enhance their sports skills by inducing the extra amount of energy and power.
- Weight Lifters to increase muscle gain.
- To accelerate the recovery period from an injury.
Are they Addictive?
Some groups of people believe that steroids are addictive and they can cause potential side effects to the user who’s abusing it.
While others believe that it is not addictive since the abuse of this substance does not create a feeling of euphoria, which in the majority of drug’s case has been observed.
Anabolic steroids are also known by the name Anabolic-androgenic steroids, which requires a lot of money to spend on creating an addiction.
Immediate/Short-Term Effects of Steroids
People abuse Anabolic steroids mainly for improving their physical performance and to put extra mass on their bodies.
With this intention, they can welcome some of the drastic unwanted side effects which are Muscle fatigue, acne, changes in normal behavior, mood swings, insomnia,delirium, restlessness, with decreased sperm count and in some case Impotence.
Steroids are mainly used in the form of injectable liquids which leaves an infection or swelling mark after administration.
The creams are also used, but it also has a stingy and unpleasant odor.
Side Effects of Anabolic Steroids
Anabolic Steroids are the substance which mimics the effect of androgens male hormone Testosterone.
However, in case of abuse, this category of steroid can leave certain impacts on a person’s gender.
For the desperate measures, many people take the doses up to 80-100 times than the normal dose.
The frequency of side effects is way higher that includes
- Testicular Shrinkage which can lead to Prostate cancer
- Gynecomastia, development of male breasts
- Unhealthy sperm cells
- High Blood Pressure
- Continuous mood swings
- Growth of facial hair and deepening of the voice
- Growth of chest hair
- Unbalanced Menstrual Cycle
- Elevated Mood Swings
- Decline rate of Fertility
- High Blood Pressure
Long-Term Effects of Steroids
Long-term effects of Steroids are listed under the lethal side effects which can be observed from the user’s behavior and physical changes.
Steroid abuse, unlike abuse of other controlled substance such as heroin or cocaine, does not have the immediate effects on the brain but the effects can be seen over time.
The long-term use of steroid can cause a hindrance to some essential neurotransmitters in the brain, which then leads to irregular mental behaviors and change in the mental condition of an individual.
Change in brain chemistry can cause mood swings and certain alteration in a person’s behavior.
Effects of Long-Term steroid abuse include:
- Mental Agitation
- Damage to vital organs i.e. Heart, Liver & Kidney
- Heart Attack
- Give rise to blood-related diseases from the site of Injection
- Tumor in Liver
The term “Roid Rage” is used for the condition of extreme anger caused by the overdose of Steroid.
Drug Dependency is a common term used for the condition where a person is unable to perform any physical or mental task due to the lack of drug in his/her system.
In case of steroid abuse, chances of drug overuse are very much common which increases the hormonal level as a result of which one may experience severe side effects.
After steroid withdrawal in many cases, it was observed that a person feels a strong urge of taking them again.
Even though the occurrence of side effects is at higher risk.
Withdrawal treatment, in this case, gets necessary which should be done by an expert or certified health practitioner to eliminate the frequency of side effects and traces of drugs from a person’s body.
Withdrawal Treatment in case of Steroid Abuse is done by slow minimizing the dose to overcome the withdrawal symptoms.
This practice is commonly known as “Tapering Program” which treats following symptoms in an individual.
- Decreased Libido
- Loss of Hunger (Anorexia)
- Muscle Fatigue
- Joint Pain
In the majority of cases, one of the most severe withdrawal effects is “Depression” which can stay for a long time and could reach the extreme level.
Suicidal attempts were observed in some cases who were during the withdrawal period. It is mandatory to seek a medical supervision to guarantee the safety so that any chances of negative outcomes can be overcome.
Steroid abuse, addiction, and dependence are fortunately treatable which are much safer in a short-term scenario.
Withdrawal treatment will help you reduce the occurrence of risks any prevent further exacerbation.