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Anabolic steroids Category: Performance and Image Enhancing Substances

Also called: steroids, roids, juice, nandrolone, restandol, striant, sustanon.

How it’s used

Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of the male hormone testosterone. You can get them as a tablet, capsule or liquid to inject. Your doctor may prescribe them to treat specific conditions. They are also popular with bodybuilders, athletes and other sports people because they can improve your performance.

Short-term effects

Long-term effects

Other dangers

If you are pregnant

Do not take steroids if you are pregnant as we don’t know what the risks are to your baby.


Steroids are not physically addictive but you can become psychologically dependent, so you find it hard to cope without them.


Withdrawal from steroids can make you feel tired and depressed. You may also have muscle pain.

What help is available?

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