Skin infections that can become severe if the drug was
tainted with bacteria.
Irritability, rage, aggression, violence, uncontrolled high
energy (mania), false beliefs (delusions), and addiction.
Teens who take illegal anabolic steroids are at risk for the same problems as adults who use them. Also, bone growth in teens may stop before it is complete. The teen
may not reach his or her full adult height.
People who use anabolic steroids on a routine basis can have
withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking them.
Symptoms include having depression, being extremely tired, and having no desire to
How is anabolic steroid misuse identified?
Your doctor may ask
questions about your fitness activities and what kinds of dietary supplements
and other substances you use. The doctor may do a physical exam and order urine
and blood tests.
How is it treated?
Treatment for misuse of
anabolic steroids has not been studied much. Doctors
Treatment in a program that includes medicines
for withdrawal symptoms and other health problems.