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For years anabolic steroids have been used by competitive athletes have used to improve performance through muscular size or strength and by noncompetitive weight trainers for purely cosmetic physique enhancement In the vast majority of cases users of that have taken steroids for prolonged periods have reported considerable gains in physical size and strength However a large number of side effects and health risks have been linked to extended use of anabolic steroids Research has indicated that the negative effects of steroid use far outweigh the positive effects As a result anabolic steroids are now illegal to use for performance enhancement in professional and competitive sports The Controlled Substances Act CSA passed by Congress in 1991 defines anabolic steroids as any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone other than estrogens progestins and corticosteroids that promotes muscle growth DEA Steroids are available legally only by prescription to treat conditions that occur when the body produces abnormally low amounts of testosterone such as delayed puberty and some types of impotence and also to treat body wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases The most common types of anabolic steroids sold on the illicit market are equipoise Maxibolin Halotestin Dianabol Durabolin Deca-Durabolin Anavar Anadrol Winstrol and Finajet Steroid Law Anabolic steroids can be taken orally injected intramuscularly or rubbed on the skin when in the form of gels or creams Cycling is the most common pattern in which steroids are used This process involves taking multiple doses of steroids over a specific period of time stopping for a period and starting again Users also frequently combine several different types of steroids in a process known as stacking By doing this users believe that the different steroids will interact to produce an effect on muscle size that is greater than the effects of using each drug individually Another mode of steroid use pyramiding in which users slowly escalate steroid use reaching a
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