Anabolic androgenic steroids are a controlled substance taken by a prescription from a health care provider for the treatment of certain serious medical conditions or more commonly, by recreational, amateur, and sometimes even professional athletes and body builders to enhance performance and for aesthetic purposes. You may have heard somebody casually throwing around various slang terms in reference to discussions of anabolic androgenic steroids, including a great number of abbreviated terms. The following guide may help to clue you in a little more on what is really being said.
AS or AAS refer to the drug anabolic steroids, the latter being the abbreviation to the full title of anabolic androgenic steroids. The performance enhancer is also referred to as juice or gear. Gear may also refer to the paraphernalia associated with anabolic androgenic steroids. There are many trade names that are abbreviated in various ways also. A trade name is the name given to a particular product by the manufacturing company. Examples of these abbreviations include CYP: testosterone cypionate, DBOL: Dianabol, Drol: Anadrol (also known as A-bombs, or A50 when referring to Anadrol 50), CLEN: clenbuterol, DECA: nandrolone decanoate, EQ: Equipoise, FINA: Finaplix, Primo: Primobolan, Prop: Testosterone proprionate, NYC: norephedrine yohimbe caffeine, Nolva: Nolvaldex, Winny: Winstrol or winstrol-v. The list goes on and on of the different means of describing the different drug compounds available on the market.
Other commonly abbreviated terms include referring to the equipment used, the measurements, the methods of administration, and the frequency of administration. A dart, ned, pin, or poke refers to the syringe, often specifically the needle, and case means the actual syringe. IM is short for intramuscular, the administration method for injectable anabolic androgenic steroids, also given as sub q, meaning sub cutaneous. INJ is simply short for injection. A cc is a cubic centimeter, or one thousandth of a liter. 1 cc is equivalent to 1 ml, or milliliter. You may also hear measurements as mg - milligrams, or mcg - micrograms, where micrograms are smaller than milligrams. 17 AA is the more simple way of saying 17 alpha alkylated, a specific formulation of the testosterone compound, or TEST. Your steroid routine may involve taking the drug ED (every day), EOD (every other day) EW (every week) or EOW (every other week). You cannot buy anabolic steroids OTC - over the counter, although this may be a means of purchasing a steroid alternative, also known as legal steroids.
Other terms that may be used in a steroid related conversation, particularly in the BB (body builder, body building, but also used in reference to benzyl benzoate) community include HGH or GH - human growth hormone, SLIN - insulin, UG lab - the underground lab where illegal anabolic androgenic steroids are manufactured, T3 - a thyroid hormone, ALA - alpha lipoid acid, ECA - ephedrine/caffeine/aspirin, or IGF - insulin growth factor. Male users beware, although the androgen aspect to anabolic androgenic steroids will enhance your manly man characteristics, you dont want to fall prey to gyno or bitch tits. Gynocomastia is the development of breast tissue in men, growth that is irreversible and only removed through a surgical procedure.