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What is the difference between testosterone replacement and performance-enhancing steroids?

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It's true that anabolic steroids used by some bodybuilders and athletes contain testosterone or chemicals that act like testosterone.

The difference is that doses used in testosterone replacement only achieve physiologic (natural) levels of hormone in the blood. The testosterone forms some athletes use illegally are in much higher doses, and often combined ("stacked") with other substances that boost the overall muscle-building (anabolic) effect.

SOURCES:

Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

Drugs.com: "Androderm Side Effects."

Swerdloff, R. , 2000. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Striant.com.

Wilson, J. , 1980. American Journal of Medicine

Bhasin, S. , 2006. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

Karen Herbst, MD, PhD, assistant professor in medicine, University of California, San Diego.

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 14, 2019

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