Steroids: Bigger Is Not Better
- Those who use them for medical purposes
- Those who use them to enhance their strength and athletic ability, and/or enhance their physical appearance by adding muscle mass
- People with significant weight loss due to extensive surgery, trauma, HIV, cancer, or other conditions
- Bone pain accompanying osteoporosis
Athletes and Body Enhancers
Dangerous Side Effects
- Puffy face
- Severe acne (on face, chest, upper back, and thighs)
- Development of breast tissue in men
- Joint pain
- Increased weight gain over a short period of time
- Yellowing of skin and/or eyes
- Male pattern baldness
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Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration http://www.samhsa.gov
Council on Drug Abuse http://www.drugabuse.ca
Canadian Center on Substance Abuse http://www.ccsa.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2014 -
- Update Date: 07/24/2014 -
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