Nomenclature Commonly used terms-Steroids, ‘Roids’, juice, hype, weight
trainers, gym candy, Arnolds, stackers, Pumpers
Anabolic steroids can produce power-packed, adrenaline–pumping performances but they also reflect a saga of condemnation and shame.
'Anabolic' - Greek - 'Build up'
, also known as Anabolic-Androgenic
), belong to the family of steroid hormones and closely
resemble the male hormone, testosterone
. They are quite different from
the corticosteroids widely used in the treatment of asthma.
steroids help to build up cellular tissue, especially in the muscles, by increasing their protein content
this process is referred to as anabolism. These drugs in conjunction with
adquate diet, and high intensity work- outs, build muscle mass
strength besides enhancing speed, enduarance and stamina
. For this
reason they are very popular among athletes, body builders and weight lifters.
steroids were first artificially synthesized in the 1930s. Recently, they have
found good use in the treatment of chronic and sometimes terminal conditions
such as AIDS and Cancer
and in the treatment of individuals in whom the
male hormone testosterone is produced in low quantities.
are several variations of anabolic steroids of which testosterone is the most
potent, determining even the level of aggressiveness in a person. This hormone
is produced in males and females, but in small quantities in the female.
steroids that are made in Mexico and sold in other parts of the world, besides
Mexico. The majority of these Mexican
are veterinary steroids intended for animal use and
hence they are called “Mexican veterinary steroids”
they are extremely popular among body builders because they are among the
cheapest anabolic steroids present in the market.
The Mexican pharmaceutical companies producing
these anabolic steroids are focused on earning money and tend to compromise on
the quality of the drugs. As a result they cause illness or infections among
the gullible athletes and fail to provide them the intended benefit. The
government of Mexico however is now establishing modern pharma companies with
an eye for quality, in keeping with international standards.
of these synthetically manufactured anabolic steroids are banned
almost all sports organizations because they have several adverse side effects.
Besides, their mode of performance remains unclear. Physicians in the US
are not allowed to prescribe these drugs for non -medical purposes. However, their illegal use continues despite the
fact that the sporting career of these sportsmen can be irrevocably destroyed
There are more than one million users of AAS in the USA alone
several of whom are
Some of these drugs are also manufactured in
discreet laboratories across Europe and South America, which then find their
way to the American black market for the people who require them.
Some of the banned drugs include Boldenone, Androstenedione, Testosterone, Dromostanolone, Dihydrotestosterone and Methenolone.