Anabolic steroid misuse

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Anabolic steroids are prescription-only medicines that are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance.

If used in this way, they can cause serious side effects and addiction. 

Anabolic steroids are manufactured drugs that mimic the effects of the male hormone testosterone. They have limited medical uses and aren’t to be confused with corticosteroids, a different type of steroid drug that’s commonly prescribed for a variety of conditions.

This article explains the dangers of misusing anabolic steroids, and aims to advise and support those who are addicted to the drugs. It covers:

  • anabolic steroids and the law
  • why people misuse anabolic steroids
  • how they are taken
  • side effects
  • addiction
  • getting help.

Are anabolic steroids illegal?

Anabolic steroids are class C drugs, which c

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