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  • Anabolic steroids are a group of synthetic drugs. They copy the masculinising effects of the male sex hormone, testosterone.
  • Anabolic steroids are often referred to as a ‘performance and image enhancing drug’. Their use includes increasing sporting performance and outcomes.
  • There are some legitimate medical uses for anabolic steroids.
  • People who misuse anabolic steroids may include athletes, bodybuilders and people who feel they need to look muscular to feel good about themselves.
  • The misuse of anabolic steroids can cause long-term side effects. These can include cardiovascular complications, liver disease, reproductive organ damage and severe mood swings.
  • Support is available for anabolic steroid users who want to change their dependence on these drugs.

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Reviewed on: 23-03-2021