Side effects of steroids and how to avoid them

Steroid drugs can have negative effects on the athlete’s body. Even if you buy them from a reliable store such as, it is still very important to use these specialized medications correctly so that you can avoid unpleasant consequences. Let’s take a closer look at the most common problems.

Anxiety and Aggression

Behavioral changes are by no means the most common side effect of sports pharmacology. Nevertheless, they are provoked by most anabolic steroids with high androgenic activity.


There can be several reasons for acne in an athlete using anabolic and androgenic steroids. First, an increase in estradiol to testosterone. Increased secretion of sebum, inflamed hair follicles and the formation of acne. In such a case, taking anti-estrogens (not any, as prescribed by the doctor) helps. Secondly, high-androgenic active substances contribute to the accumulation of 5-alpha-reductase in the skin. Further under the influence of dihydrotestosterone disruption of sebaceous glands occurs. If you are prone to acne, avoid powerful androgens and estrogen-containing medications.


Baldness is only threatened by athletes who are genetically predisposed to it. This is again due to the 5-alpha-reductase enzyme, which converts the inactive testosterone to very active dihydrotestosterone (from an androgenic point of view). Partial or complete alopecia occurs when exposed to it. Neither “chemists”, nor ordinary men who are unlucky with heredity are protected from hair loss. The problem is that androgens can accelerate the genetically programmed process of hair loss. Take this fact into account when planning a course with dihydrotestosterone-converting drugs.

Excessive water retention

A very common and dangerous side effect, contrary to its apparent simplicity. Excess fluid accumulating during a course of aromatizing steroids provokes an increase in blood pressure, which has a negative effect on the cardiovascular system as a whole. The reason for the complication is the same as for gynecomastia or feminization – a jump and retention of high estrogen levels in the blood. The most effective remedies against muscle water are aromatase inhibitors. If it is too late to try to prevent water retention, diuretics come to the rescue. The main thing is not to make a mistake by choosing a diuretic toxic for kidneys.


Gynecomastia can even occur in professional athletes. There have been cases when an athlete has been exposed for using sports pharmacology precisely because of hypertrophy of the pectoral glands. Again, as in the situation with excessive water retention in the muscles, one of the main causes of benign breast enlargement is the use of aromatizing steroids. Because of them, the balance between androgens and estrogens is disturbed. Be careful with active ingredients such as nandrolone, trenbolone, oxymetholone. However, you can use Sust 250 mg in a safe dosage to avoid negative effects.