Steroids are powerful hormones that are often prescribed in the treatment of medical conditions.
They’re also widely and illegally purchased and used without a prescription or the oversight of a physician by athletes and bodybuilders.
When using any drug, it’s important to know not only what it is and how it functions in the body, but potential side effects as well as withdrawal symptoms.
You don’t have to take a drug for a long time to have withdrawal symptoms.
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Whether you’re taking a prescription-only drug such as steroids legally or illegally, it’s important to be aware of the potential for adverse reactions when stopping too quickly.
In the medical profession, when a drug is discontinued, it is titrated.
This means that dosages are incrementally decreased over time, which helps present side effects and adverse reactions. The same applies to coming off steroids safely.
Be aware that when you use steroids, the body senses that levels of testosterone are adequate and may cease producing testosterone on its own.
During the time when you’re coming off steroids, the body is going to be confused until the natural production of testosterone kicks back in.
This may cause a number of physical as well as psychological side effects for the individual coming off steroids due to unbalanced levels of hormones like testosterone and estrogen in the body.
Bodybuilders often use steroids in cycles, sometimes with ancillary medications that are believed to prevent side effects of increased levels of testosterone and which also help to balance the estrogen levels.
Doctors recommend when coming off steroids that the individual continue to work out, as exercise and physical activity boosts the manufacture of endorphins in the brain, which can help protect the body and reduce depression.
Drink plenty of water and eat a nutritious and balanced diet.
Because the addictive effects of steroids can be as powerful as mind-altering drugs, be prepared for physical as well as psychological reactions.
Medical professionals recommend interaction with your physician or healthcare provider during this process, whether you’ve been using steroids legally or illegally.
Depending on the severity and frequency of use, athletes coming off anabolic steroids should also be prepared to deal with withdrawal symptoms.
As with any addictive drug or substance, anabolic steroid withdrawal symptoms are possible. They may be physical or psychological, or both. These are just a few:
Preparing may include having a plan for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) or tapering off in your steroids schedule.
Anabolic steroids and corticosteroids are considered steroids or steroid hormones.
Anabolic steroids are derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. They’re manufactured in a laboratory.
Anabolic steroids boost strength and encourage growth and development of tissues in the body, specifically muscle tissue.
Corticosteroids are produced inside the adrenal cortex of the adrenal glands in the body.
Corticosteroids are an effective steroid hormone that plays a role in the immune system and fights against inflammation and helps boost immune system function.
Bodybuilders often inject anabolic steroids to promote and accelerate their efforts in regard to physique, endurance, and stamina.
This is because they’re a synthetic variation of the male hormone testosterone responsible for giving men their secondary sex male characteristics, increasing muscle mass, libido, and overall strength and endurance.
Neither corticosteroids nor anabolic steroids are legally available without a prescription.
They are extremely potent, can affect numerous body systems and functions, and have a potential for misuse and abuse. Coming off steroids can also provoke some side effects.
Prescription-strength corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are often recommended in the treatment of:
Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids cause a number of side effects if dosage is too high.
Some of the most common side effects of increased levels of anabolic steroids can include complaints of headache, severe acne, high blood pressure, higher cholesterol levels, and increased psychological effects such as mood swings, increased irritability, aggression, and hostility.
With the oversight of a doctor, the potential for side effects are reduced, but coming off steroids, depending on severity of usage and frequency of dosages, can also produce side effects.
Before you stop, be aware that your use of anabolic steroids or corticosteroids may have altered hormonal functions in your body.
As those functions return to normal following the titration of anabolic steroids, your body is going to go through a period of transition. You may need steroid withdrawal treatment in this time.
For most, coming off steroids is a process that occurs over several days. For others, it may take a week or two.