Anabolic Steroids

Street name: Iron Brew

Street use: To increase body weight and build muscle

Description: Tablets, injections, capsules

Drug effect: Users will take the drug as an aid to muscle development. There is a chance that users will become more aggressive.

Dependency: Psychological dependence is common.

Therapeutic use: Can be used in the treatment of anaemia and thrombosis, and often used to build muscle for patients who are long – term bedridden.

Withdrawal: Some steroid users have reported lethargy and depression on stopping use.

Long-term use: It is difficult to offer conclusive evidence regarding the effects of the long-term use of steroids as most users are taking multiple combinations and at doses that are well above the recommended level. There is some clear evidence that persistent and heavy use may cause infertility or lack of sex drive in men. Conversely some men may become sexually violent. Women may develop masculine side-effects such as deeper voice and smaller breasts. Some of these effects are irreversible.

Overdose risk: Can cause high blood pressure. In extreme cases liver damage can result and there is some evidence of liver cancer.

Legal status: Anabolic steroids are prescription only medicines and Class C controlled drugs. They may be possessed in their medicinal form without a prescription but it is an offence to supply them to others.
Anabolic Steroids