Steroids are legally prescribed to treat low testosterone levels, body wasting with AIDS, and other disease states.

Steroids are also used illegally by athletes, body builders, and others who claim the drugs give them a competitive
advantage or improve their physical appearance by promoting muscle growth.

Steroids may be taken orally or injected.

Cycling refers to taking multiple doses of steroid over a specific period of time, stopping for a period, and then restarting again.

Stacking refers to combining several different types of steroids to maximize their effectiveness while minimizing negative effects.

Side effects: Liver tumors, cancer, jaundice, fluid retention, high blood pressure, increases in LDL (bad cholesterol), decrease in HDL (good cholesterol), kidney tumors, severe acne, trembling.

Side effects for men: Shrinking of testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, development of breasts, increased risk of prostrate cancer

Side effects for woman: facial hair growth, male-pattern baldness, changes or cessation in menstrual cycle, enlargement of the clitoris, deepened voice.

Side effects for adolescents: Premature growth halted prematurely, accelerated puberty changes.

Anabolic-androgenic steroids are man-made substances related to male hormones. Anabolic refers to muscle building and androgenic refers to increased masculine characteristics.

Slang terms: Roids, Juice, Sauce, Slop