Testosterone and other steroid drugs can not only cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, but people can easily abuse them. So the Food and Drug Administration said it's stepping up warnings about testosterone and other steroid drugs. "The new warning will alert prescribers to the abuse potential of testosterone and the serious adverse outcomes, especially those related to heart and mental health that have been reported in association with testosterone/anabolic androgenic steroid abuse," the FDA said in a statement. The FDA has previously warned against over-promotion and overuse of testosterone replacement products, saying they can raise the risk of heart disease. They are approved to treat men will medically diagnosed low levels of testosterone. ‘Long-term abuse of anabolic steroids can cause a range of health effects, including shrinking testicles, kidney failure and baldness.’ "Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility. Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia," it added. The FDA does not approve the use of testosterone to treat the effects of aging. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone. They are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS. "But some athletes and bodybuilders abuse these drugs to boost performance or improve their physical appearance," the National Institute on Drug Abuse says. "Long-term steroid abuse can act on some of the same brain pathways and chemicals — including dopamine, serotonin and opioid systems — that are affected by other drugs. This may result in a significant effect on mood and behavior." Source: Medindia << Nearly One Million TB Patients Miss Out Government Disease C... PACT Reduces Autism-related Symptoms in Kids >> Recommended Reading Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids can produce power- packed, adrenaline - pumping performances but they also reflect a saga of condemnation and shame. READ MORE Churg-Strauss Syndrome Churg-Strauss Syndrome is a rare disease characterized by inflammation of blood vessels that can restrict blood flow to vital organs. READ MORE Optic Neuritis Optic neuritis is acute inflammation of the optic nerve. Optic nerve connects the eye to the brain and carries visual signals from the retina to the brain where it is received and interpreted. READ MORE Andropause / Male Menopause Andropause or male menopause causing low libido in a man is due to decreasing level of male hormones, like testosterone. Symptoms of andropause are depression, irritability. READ MORE Adreno Cortical Carcinoma Adrenocortical carcinoma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that affects the outer cortex layer of the adrenals situated atop the kidneys. READ MORE Is Your Man Moody? Women get confused by the behavior of men in their lives. It is time they realize that men too have frequent mood swings. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Drug Side Effects Calculator A-Z Drug Brands in India Find a Hospital More News on: Andropause / Male MenopauseAdreno Cortical CarcinomaIs Your Man Moody?