Side-Effects of Steroid Use

The side-effects of steroid use can be problematic; however, they can also be controlled and are commonly overstated and even exaggerated. What you may find interesting is that the side-effects of steroid use can greatly vary depending on which steroids youre using; there are numerous forms and theres no one size fits all side-effect list. Granted, there is a list of possible side-effects we can put together, and we will provide such a list, but not all steroids carry the risk of all the side-effects, and of the ones that are potential each steroid carries the risk with its own level of probability. Of course, theres even more to say, as the side-effects of steroid use can largely be avoided; you can supplement with anabolic steroids without any problems or serious risk to your health, but there is a criteria you must meet if you are to enjoy such success. Haphazard supplementation will almost always lead to problems; sure, you might be able to get away with such supplementation for a while, but side-effects will normally develop in one way or another. As this is the case, we want to go over the criteria for successful supplementation, list the possible side-effects of steroid use and then connect them with the steroids that they belong with.

The Base Criteria:

If youre going to avoid the side-effects of steroid use or at least stand a chance in combating them, there is a set criteria you must meet and follow. Failure to follow this criterion will result in problems, and many of which can be quite dramatic. If you meet this criterion, you are strongly encouraged to research each and every last steroid you desire to use before you ever begin a supplementation program, and if you do you will garner success. The criterion is as follows:

- You must be an Adult: Children should not supplement with anabolic steroids, as the results can be quite traumatic. Supplementation can severely damage a developing androgen system in an irreversible manner, and this can lead to problems with the individuals overall development. Further, while it has never been officially proven, there is evidence that supplementation may stagnate growth by closing growth plates before the child has reached full maturity Finally, many children suffer from depression once use is discontinued, as their bodys cannot handle the high influx of hormones being taken away, and will not have enough naturally produced hormones to counter the effects.

- You must be a Healthy Adult: Beyond being an adult, you must be in a state of good health before you ever begin a supplementation plan; the side-effects of steroid use can worsen certain conditions if they are already in a negative state. If you suffer from any of the following, you should not supplement:

- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Any Heart Condition
- A Diseased or Damaged Liver
- Any Kidney Issues
- An Enlarged Prostate

- Female Control: If you are a female who wishes to supplement with anabolic steroids, you must choose steroids that carry low virilization ratings; virilization being the promotion of masculine traits. All anabolic androgenic steroids carry a potential for virilization; however, with responsible use with the right steroids this can be avoided. Failure to choose such steroids will most certainly result in virilization, but if such occurs even with the right steroids there is hope. If for any reason problems occur, if you discontinue use at the onset of symptoms the effects will fade away rapidly, but if ignored, they could become permanent. It must be noted; most healthy adult women who supplement with anabolic steroids that carry a low virilization rating responsibly will not have a problem.

- Overall Responsible Supplementation: Male or female, if you do not have the ability to supplement responsibly, meaning you lack self-control you are going to have problems; this is guaranteed. Of course, this raises an important question; how do we define responsibility? Responsible supplementation is any supplementation that does not cause you harm; this is the only sane and logical definition. Of course, depending on the steroids you choose, responsible doses and time frames of use will vary; further, your own genetic response will dictate variances in the levels of dosing and in some cases, the time of use, but there will be standard ranges. Again, this makes researching each anabolic steroid you supplement with beyond important, and the only reasonable course of action before any supplementation plan begins.

- Living a Healthy Lifestyle: If you are in a good state of health prior to your supplementation plan, you must continue to promote the continuation of this good health in every way possible; in-fact, you should give it extra attention. You will need to avoid excess alcohol consumption, especially with oral steroid use; in-fact, avoiding all alcohol is a good idea when supplementing with oral steroids. Further, you should limit your use of Over the Counter (OTC) medications with oral steroid use; oral steroids carry a hepatotoxic nature, and many OTC medications are just as if not more hepatotoxic. Further, your diet must be healthy and promote the continuation of healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Possible Effects:

There are 18 specific side-effects of steroid use, and of the 18 only two are guaranteed in men who supplement with anabolic steroids; they are interconnected and with proper supplementation they can be of no concern. We have listed the 18 possible side-effects of steroid use below, their most common causes and of course, what you can do about them to avoid them or combat them should they become a concern. Even so, there will be a few side-effects that are of a unique nature; side-effects of steroid use that can occur even with responsible use based on an individuals poor response to a particular hormone. This is not a concept that is unique to anabolic steroids, there are many prescription and even OTC medications most of us can take but some of us cant due to a poor response to the medication; even many foods carry this same concept. With this in mind, lets take a look at the 18 possible side-effects of steroid use and offer a bit of hope. It must be noted; side-effects revolving around adolescent use are not mentioned, for as stated in the above criteria adolescents should not supplement. Further, if it is not mentioned, things like Roid Rage that is because it is not an official possible side-effect; we are only looking at the hardcore facts.

- Acne
- Common Cause: normally caused by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) based anabolic steroids in individuals who are sensitive to acne strongly based on individual sensitivity can be caused by other steroids in sensitive individuals but is unlikely those who are not prone to acne issues will rarely have a problem can also be caused by contaminated products regardless of sensitivity
- Solution: keep your skin clean and dry at all times always shower after becoming sweaty if you cannot shower, change your shirt avoid any oils, lotions or other products that might make the skin oily avoid DHT based steroids if you are extremely sensitive to acne

- Anxiety
- Common Cause: caused by a poor genetic response to a particular hormone only possible with a few anabolic steroids
- Solution: if this becomes a problem for you, do not supplement with steroids that cause this problem

- Body-Hair Growth
- Common Cause: almost always due to virilization making it a primary female based side-effect men can experience body-hair growth in some cases with extremely high levels of testosterone but it is normally nothing of note
- Solution: do not supplement with steroids that cause virilization in you if problems occur, discontinue use immediately and wait before trying another steroid later down the line

- Clitoral Enlargement
- Common Cause: always due to virilization making it a primary female based side-effect
- Solution: do not supplement with steroids that cause virilization in you if problems occur, discontinue use immediately and wait before trying another steroid later down the line

- Deepening of the Vocal Chords
- Common Cause: always due to virilization making it a primary female based side-effect
- Solution: do not supplement with steroids that cause virilization in you if problems occur, discontinue use immediately and wait before trying another steroid later down the line

- Enlarged Prostate
- Common Cause: almost always caused by the use of DHT based steroids results when there is a massive buildup of DHT can be caused by testosterone based steroids if there is a high rate of DHT conversion, but will normally take very large doses for extremely long periods of time
- Solution: supplement with responsible doses for responsible amounts of time, and if your prostate was healthy to begin with it will remain healthy if problems occur for any reason, you may want to try the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor Finasteride as it has been shown to have the ability to significantly reduce prostate enlargement this is the only time Finasteride use is highly recommended

- Gynecomastia
- Common Cause: almost always caused by steroids that aromatize heavily aromatization refers to the conversion of testosterone into estrogen, and when estrogen levels become high and they attach to the receptors this problem can occur can also be caused by progestin based steroids even if they do not aromatize in individuals who are sensitive to the condition
- Solution: your genetic response and overall dosing will dictate quite a bit, but your first line of protection will be the use of an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI) AIs inhibit the aromatase process, decrease estrogen levels in the body and some will even protect against progestin based Gynecomastia the best AIs for prevention include Arimidex and Letrozole if symptoms begin to show, only Letrozole has the ability to reverse them if they are caught early on

- Hair-Loss
- Common Cause: almost always caused by the use of DHT based anabolic steroids and can only occur in men who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness can be caused by some non-DHT based steroids but is extremely rare but will still only be a risk to those who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness if you are not predisposed, there is no anabolic steroid that can cause you to lose any hair if you are predisposed, you were going to lose the hair any way, but the steroids may speed it up
- Solution: if you are predisposed, do not supplement with steroids that carry this possible side-effect if your hair-line is a concern the use of Finasteride products such as Proscar and Propecia can provide protection; however, as they are strong androgen suppressors they are normally not recommended for this purpose caution is advised with Finasteride use for this purpose

- High Blood Pressure
- Common Cause: high levels of aromatization can have a negative impact extremely high doses of specific steroids can have a negative impact a genetic predisposition to high blood pressure can have a negative impact not living a healthy lifestyle will be the biggest factor
- Solution: follow the rules in the criteria at the top of the page keep an eye on your blood pressure and do not supplement with steroids that cause a problem if your dose is high, simply lower the dose and see if this corrects the issue but it may mean this steroid isnt for you eat right, exercise and take care of yourself and you will more than likely not have a problem the use of an AI can have a positive effect if the problem is estrogen related

- High LDL Cholesterol
- Common Cause: high levels of aromatization can have a negative impact extremely high doses of specific steroids can have a negative impact a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol can have a negative impact not living a healthy lifestyle will be the biggest factor
- Solution: follow the rules in the criteria at the top of the page keep an eye on your cholesterol and do not supplement with steroids that cause a problem if your dose is high, simply lower the dose and see if this corrects the issue but it may mean this steroid isnt for you eat right, exercise and take care of yourself and you will more than likely not have a problem the use of an AI can have a positive effect if the problem is estrogen related

- Insomnia
- Common Cause: caused by a poor genetic response to a particular hormone only possible with a few anabolic steroids
- Solution: if this becomes a problem for you, do not supplement with steroids that cause this problem

- Liver Toxicity
- Common Cause: caused by the use of C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroids most oral steroids are C17-aa steroids with one common injectable steroid also carrying this nature there are a couple of oral steroids that are not C17-aa the C17-aa nature refers to a structural alteration of the steroidal compound at the 17th carbon position that allows it to survive the first pass through the liver; without it the liver would destroy the compound before the body could use it but this also makes it toxic liver enzyme values will increase with C17-aa use not all C17-aa steroids carry the same hepatotoxic nature
- Solution: avoid all alcohol consumption with C17-aa use avoid all OTC meds when possible with C17-aa use use responsible doses for responsible periods of time if you do these things, if your liver was healthy to begin with, while enzyme values will increase they will return to normal shortly after use is discontinued you can always forgo C17-aa use and stick with non-C17-aa anabolic steroids

- Low HDL Cholesterol
- Common Cause: can be caused by testosterone and progesterone based anabolic steroids dosing, genetic predisposition and overall lifestyle will play massive roles
- Solution: as testosterone and progesterone based steroids encompass a large portion of anabolic steroids, to combat this issue there is only two solutions; diet and proper dosing ensuring your diet is rich in omega fatty acids will have a strong, positive effect

- Night Sweats
- Common Cause: caused by a poor genetic response to a particular hormone only possible with a few anabolic steroids
- Solution: if this becomes a problem for you, do not supplement with steroids that cause this problem

- Rapid Heart Rate
- Common Cause: caused by a poor genetic response to a particular hormone only possible with a few anabolic steroids
- Solution: if this becomes a problem for you, do not supplement with steroids that cause this problem

- Testicular Atrophy
- Common Cause: caused by the use of anabolic steroids that suppress natural testosterone production and this will be nearly all anabolic steroids if youre a male supplementing for the purpose of performance enhancement, this effect is guaranteed and completely dependent on the effect below
- Solution: see testosterone suppression

- Testosterone Suppression
- Common Cause: when we supplement with anabolic steroids, our natural testosterone production is suppressed the severity of suppression will vary from steroid to steroid but will almost always warrant a remedy as testosterone is produced in the testicles, with suppressed production this is why the testicles atrophy
- Solution: supplement with exogenous testosterone any time you supplement with anabolic steroids the form of testosterone you choose is inconsequential all that matters is you provide your body with what it needs once the use of anabolic steroids has been discontinued and all the hormones have cleared your system your natural testosterone production will begin again and your testicles will return to their normal size

- Water Retention
- Common Cause: almost always caused by aromatizing steroids can be caused by progestin based steroids in extremely sensitive individuals but it is rare and normally not all that significant excess carbohydrate consumption can make water retention worse with the use of aromatizing steroids
- Solution: use an AI and do not overeat; especially carbohydrates

Specific Effects with Specific Steroids:

You now understand the possible side-effects of steroid use, and as such its time to connect the dots. In the chart below, we have listed the most commonly used anabolic androgenic steroids, attached their possible side-effects as well as their occurring potential; if it is not listed next to the steroid, it is not possible. Each effect is listed by abbreviation with a reference key at the bottom of the chart. All steroids are listed by actual compound name and its most common associated name; in some cases, these will be one in the same.

Steroid

Common Name

Side-Effects

Oxymetholone

Anadrol

GYNO strong potential

HBP strong potential

LDL moderate potential

HL yes in PD

AC yes in PD

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

INS rare

Liv High

PE only with HD

Oxandrolone

Anavar

VZ very low

AC yes in PD

HL yes in PD

Liv - low

T moderate

PE only with HD

Nandrolone-Decanoate

Deca-Durabolin

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T strong

Methandrostenolone

Dianabol

GYNO strong potential

HBP strong potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Liv: Moderate

Nandrolone-Phenylpropionate

Durabolin (NPP)

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T strong

Boldenone-Undecylenate

Equipoise

GYNO low potential

HBP low potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate potential

VZ low

T strong

Trenbolone-Acetate

Fina

GYNO low potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

HDL low potential

VZ moderate to high

AX possible

INS possible

NS possible

RHR possible

HL - low

T strong

Fluoxymesteron

Halotestin

VZ high

HBP strong

LDL moderate to strong

Liv extremely strong

T moderate

Drostanolone-Propionate

Masteron

HBP modrate potential

LDL moderate potential

HL yes in PD

AC yes in PD

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

PE only with HD

Testosterone Mixture

Omnadren

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Trenbolone-Hexahydrobenzylcarbonate

Parabolan

GYNO low potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

HDL low potential

VZ moderate to high

AX possible

INS possible

NS possible

RHR possible

HL - low

T strong

Methenolone

Primobolan

VZ low

AC yes in PD

HL yes in PD

Liv - low

HPB moderate to low

HDL low

LDL moderate

PE only with HD

T moderate

Mesterolone

Proviron

VZ moderate to high

AC yes in PD

HL yes in PD

PE only with HD

Testosterone Mixture

Sustanon-250

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Testosterone-Cypionate

N/A

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Testosterone-Enanthate

N/A

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Testosterone-Propionate

N/A

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Testosterone-Suspension

N/A

GYNO strong potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

WR strong potential

HDL moderate to low potential

VZ strong

T moderate to strong

Trenbolone-Enanthate

N/A

GYNO low potential

HBP moderate potential

LDL moderate potential

HDL low potential

VZ moderate to high

AX possible

INS possible

NS possible

RHR possible

HL - low

T strong

Stanozolol

Winstrol

VZ low to moderate

LDL moderate to high

AC yes in PD

HL yes in PD

PE only with HD

T moderate to high

Liv - High

Key:

1. GYNO Gynecomastia

2. HBP High Blood Pressure

3. LDL High LDL Cholesterol

4. HL Hair-Loss

5. AC Acne

6. WR Water Retention

7. HDL Low HDL Cholesterol

8. VZ Virilization

9. T Testosterone Suppression & Testicular Atrophy

10. INS: Insomnia

11. Liv: Liver Toxicity

12. PE Prostate Enlargement

13. AX Anxiety

14. NS Night Sweats

15. RHR Rapid Heart Rate

16. PD Predisposed

17. HD High Doses