- Anabolic Steroids
- Sustanon 250
- Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids
Scientific Names: Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids (AAS)
Generic Names: Enwau Generig: Product names include: Anavar, Deca-Durabolin, Dianabol, Stanozolol, Sustanon 250.
Desired Effects:Enhanced muscle mass & performance, greater physical definition.
Side Effects:In men, inability to get an erection, sterility/impotence, shrinking and hardening of the testicles, breast enlargement.
In women, enlarged clitoris, disruption to menstrual cycle, growth of facial hair, acne, deepening of the voice. If used when pregnant risk of severe damage to foetus.
- Steroids can be toxic to your liver. If you notice a yellowing of your eyes (jaundice) it can indicate a serious liver problem. Seek medical advice immediately.
- If injecting steroids ensure that needles are clean and have not been used; get clean needles and safer injecting information from a needle exchange or drug agency.
- Injectable steroids always are injected into the muscle; there is no anabolic steroid designed for intravenous use.
- Before using steroids seek advice from a drugs worker. They can give you safer injecting advice and direct you to information about steroids.
- Taking steroids orally will reduce the risks and problems with injecting. However, taking steroids orally can do more damage to your liver and may be more toxic to your kidneys.
- It is advised to stop using steroids periodically. Always reduce dosages gradually, don't stop suddenly.
Long term risks:Dependence, tolerance, liver damage, heart disease, paranoia, increased aggression sometimes known as 'roid rage'. Harmful changes in cholesterol, acnes, high blood pressure and dangerous changes in the structure of the heart. If taken by young people the abuse of anabolic steroids can interfere with normal growth. If this or any other drug is injected there are risks associated with this form of drug use: it can cause vein damage, ulcers and gangrene particularly if using unhygienic needles or the same injection site. Shared needles and other injecting equipment can spread HIV and hepatitis virus infections.
Short term risks:Psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania, mood swings.
For more information, please go to the IPEDS website.
Parents & other relatives
Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.