Steroidal drugs and medicines are used for patients with medical conditions. These steroids are of the kind corticosteroids, anabolic steroids and androgenic anabolic steroids. Corticosteroids are used for the treatment of inflammation, immune and allergic conditions. Anabolic steroids are prescribed for people suffering from cancer and other diseases where the muscle is wasted. Androgenic anabolic steroids are used for treating libido and fertility treatments. These are all legitimate medical treatments and are administered by a medical practitioner. Outside of the medical community, these drugs have been found to be used by athletes and bodybuilders for their performance enhancement and other growth-related factors. These are the not the legal use of the drugs and have been frowned upon by many.
Steroid drugs are artificial chemical compounds which may be used to increase or decrease the hormonal levels in a body. Some people use the anabolic steroids for their muscle building and fat reducing capabilities. Androgenic anabolic steroids are used to increase libido and sexual desire by some. When these drugs are under supervision, the side effects can be controlled with other medicines. However, when they are abused then it becomes a serious condition in which the user has crossed over to the addiction side and has no control over its use. The user as well others better be informed about the warning signs of addiction before it becomes too late.
Signs and Symptoms
Steroid addiction can be found out by medical examination but difficult to find out by outward symptoms. None of the users will come out and say outright that they use it but others can know by certain signs and symptoms. If one understands these warning signs of addiction, then asolution might be easy to find before it becomes too difficult.Signs include using the words like stacking, bulking or cutting. Or the sudden ramping of veins and arteries, sudden muscle growth in the arms, legs and chest. Symptoms include fluid retention in the lower part of the leg, joint pain, enlargement of breast in men, bad breath common among men and women users. Women who are using the drug may experience male characteristics like hair growth or loss, deeper voice, or infertility. These are the outward or physical effects. The psychological effects are much worse and can include extreme mood swings, nervousness or irritability, anger or fear and hostility
Safety in Usage
Medicinal use is controlled by the dosage, quantity and period by the medical practitioner based on a lot of factors. When it is time to stop the drug, it is likely that the physician will slowly decrease the dosage day by day or by weekly. This is to avoid what is called as ‘withdrawal symptoms’ as this may pose a serious threat in the long run. However, the athletic community is not under any supervision and easily can abuse them. This is where understanding the warning signs of addiction plays a major role. Even before someone goes into that phase, others can take preventive and remedial measures. One should compulsorily seek a physician’s advice who will give the best care.