Difference between Steroid Use and Steroid Abuse

Steroids use to gain some superficial health benefits only for a short span of time is not a new thing from last five decades. But to buy steroids and use them in terms of health benefits is not an easy task. Especially, in the condition when it has imposed with charge in case of possession.

Though, steroids are beneficial but they have some restrictions as well. Steroids are drug of choice in the HIV infected, cancer and in renal impairment patients, where these become the only uttermost choice.

If we implement the old saying, ‘excess of everything is bad,’ on the steroid use we can exactly comprehend the meaning. The important aspect is the use of steroid than its purchase or possession.

If you have decided to enhance your muscle mass via using steroids, you should get complete guideline and pros and cons of the steroid use. The sale of steroids is legal only in fifty countries but also required a prescription. Online purchase of drugs is also a legal act.


There concern of possible serious health problems associated with the steroids abuse, is prevailing which includes both short and long-term side effects. The short-term adverse effects are reversible in men with discontinuation of steroid use.

Masculinizing effects in women are irreversible even after the discontinuation, which include deepening of the voice, excessive hair growth on all over the body, enlarged clitoris. The long-term side effects of steroid abuse are still unknown.

However, it is hypothesized that it must have adverse effect on the cardiovascular system, renal impairment and steroid dependency.

Physical side effects

  • High cholesterol levels in blood serum.
  • Severe acne
  • Baldness (specially in men)
  • Fluid retention
  • Hypertension
  • Liver disorders
  • Sexual & reproductive disorders:

Psychological side effects

  • Mood swings even madness
  • Impaired judgment
  • Depression
  • Extreme irritability
  • Hostility and aggression

Some of the oral steroids can cause serious damage to the liver, as steroids have meant for the intramuscular use. Orally administered steroids include Dianabol, Anadrol, Anavar, Winstrol and many more. The oral dosage should not exceed the recommendations and usage period, above than 6 months, could be harmful.

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Difference between Steroid Use and Steroid Abuse
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