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Steroids Legal Or Illegal
Yes: The international olympic committee banned androstenedione in 1997 and placed it under the category of androgenic-anabolic steroids. On april 11, 2004, the United States food and drug administration banned the sale of androstenedione, citing that the drug poses significant health risks commonly associated with steroids. (info from wikipedia). ...Read more
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Maybe: A particular medication might be taken by an athlete for the sole purpose of increasing their performance with no specific medical indication. This is often banned. But, there might be a legitimate medical indication for a particular medication so that is could be prescribed to patients. ...Read more
I'm looking into anabolic steroids. I know their illegal I just want a doctors take on the use of them and if I should use them I'm 6'4 165lds and 21?
If I have an epidural steroid injection for bad back/leg pain & enter a race will it show as an illegal drug?
Anabolic steroids?: Glucocorticoids are prescribed after weighing benefits vs the considerable risks, but Anabolic steroids will be used by maybe a million us gym types this year. Lawbreaking & cheating are bad for you, most women prefer a natural bodybuilder, and the greatest danger is to your mind -- you may do something you'll regret terribly. Physical dangers are real but usually less catastrophic. ...Read more
Taper?: Generally do not have to taper. Oral steroids are tapered for two reasons. #1 to prevent flare of disease. #2 to reduce likelihood of adrenal insufficiency. Most diseases do not flare when steroids are stopped abruptly (there are some exceptions) - they do flare when stopped too early. Adrenal insufficiency can occur but only with higher dose and prolonged courses of steroids. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on the doctor, the drug, body part injected and the size of the needle. Actually, when doing procedures the injection of the local anesthetic placed under the skin hurts worse than the needle. A doctor should only use a needs large enough to allow the medicine to flow through the needle. Large needles, of course, are mor painful than small ones. ...Read more
Seroid Use: Steroids allow an athlete to become faster, stronger, bigger, etc., and that translated into being a "better" athlete. In some professional arenas of sport this is illegal, and others may not be. The bottom line is that steroid use for prolonged periods has potentially detrimental affects also. ...Read more
What type?: Glucocorticoids such as prednisone are basically safe if used exactly as prescribed by a competent physician. A short course, for example, is great for poison ivy. Anabolic steroids are widely used, and the greatest danger is that the user will do something impulsively that they'll regret terribly for the rest of their life. Guys I've known who've tried them have all advised against it after. ...Read more
Rarely and temporary: Generally and realistically, this happens very seldomly in clinical practice. When it does happen, it's almost always due to water gain, and it is rapidly shed by the body after the steroid is eliminated by the body (generally about a month for a typical "steroid" such as triamcinolone/kenalog). ...Read more
What are we treating: We try to spare the use of steroids as much as possible rheumatology. This really depends on what you're treating. In the specific clinical setting there are certain medications we can use to help avoid or decrease the dose of corticosteroids. This is going to be medical specificity and not a blanket answer. ...Read more