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These are also called as Anabolic androgenic steroids. These drugs have a structural similarities. Anabolic steroids also have androgenic and virilizing properties. These were indentified in 1930’s and are widely used in therapeutic medicine to stimulate muscle growth and appetite. Anabolic steroids are drugs that are chemically related to the main male hormone testosterone.
They are best known for their effects on building muscle (called anabolic). Anabolic steroids have dangerous physical, mental, and emotional side effects. These may be more dangerous in young adults because they can stop growth. In women, they can cause permanent changes in the voice and genitals. Anabolic steroids come in various forms, including pills, creams, patches, tablets, injections or drops. Anabolic steroids are used as “performance-enhancing drugs.”