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Specific Drug: Androgens

Classification: Anabolic steroids

Commercial Names: Testosterone, Androstenedione, Dianabol, Winstrol, Durabolin, Anadrol

Common Names/Nicknames: Steroids, roids, juice, gym candy, pumpers

Active Compound: Various anabolic androgens (such as testosterone and androstenedione)

Found in: Prescription androgens

Mode of Consumption: Injection, ingestion, epidermal absorption


DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule III, legal with prescription.


Long-term use: increased physical performance, slight euphoria, increased energy, increased competitiveness


Long-term use: increased hostility, aggression, acne, heart damage, liver damage

Males: decreased libido, hypogonadism, gynecomastia; Females: menstrual irregularities, deepened voice, male pattern body hair, clitoromegaly

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Potentially dangerous mix with blood-thinners (eg Coumadin, Heparin), and diabetes medications.

Special Considerations:

Though non-addictive per se, steroid users do report positive feelings when using and feelings of fatigue, depression, and insomnia when stopping use.

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