Steroid administration

Anabolic/androgenic steroids are not medically approved to promote excessive muscle mass gains (bodybuilding) or improve athletic performance. Aside from early experimentation on athletes by a handful of sports physicians, an extensive effort to study the physique- and performance-enhancing properties of these drugs, specifically with an eye on developing strategies for using them to maximize benefits and minimize adverse effects, has not been undertaken by the medical community. Because of this, illicit users have been left to develop their own protocols for administering these drugs. The result has been a large variety of different approaches to using these agents, some safer or more effective than others. While it would not be possible to comprehensively evaluate all known approaches, this section will discuss some of the most fundamental and time-proven methods for using AAS.

01. Steroid Cycles

Anabolic/androgenic steroids are not medically approved to promote excessive muscle mass gains (bodybuilding) or improve athletic performance. Aside from early experimentation on athletes by a handful of sports physicians, an extensive effort to study the physique- and performance-enhancing properties of these drugs, specifically with an eye on developing strategies for using them to maximize benefits and minimize adverse effects, has not been undertaken by the medical community. Because of ...

02. Sample Steroid Cycles

The following cycles are presented as examples of common steroid administration protocols. These programs have not been evaluated in a clinical setting for safety and efficacy, and are provided for informational purposes only. These are not recommendations for anabolic/androgenic steroid use. As with any supplemental drug program, it is important to examine your own individual health status, health risks, and performance goals before deciding to engage in any anabolic/androgenic steroid use. For ...

03. PCT - Post-Cycle Therapy

Post-Cycle Therapy, or PCT for short, refers to the practice of using certain medications to assistant in the discontinuance of anabolic steroids. While steroids are not addictive drugs in a classical sense, they do suppress your own hormone production, at least temporarily. This is an issue that should be addressed at the conclusion of use. If the steroids are discontinued abruptly without addressing internal hormone production, the result could be a prolonged state of hypogonadism (low ...

04. OCT - Off-Cycle Therapy

The objective of anabolic steroid therapy (when nonmedical applications are involved) should be to elicit the desired benefits with the lowest cumulative exposure and side effects. This normally includes diligence with optimizing all aspects of training, rest, and diet, as well as adhering to a Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT) program at the conclusion of each steroid cycle. One the one hand, we want to make each cycle as productive as possible. On the other, we are striving to retain the most gains so ...

05. Injection Protocols

Anabolic/androgenic steroid injections are always given deep in the muscle (intramuscular). Some other performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone and insulin injections are given by injection in the fat layer between the skin and muscle (subcutaneous). The protocols for both injection types are provided. Improper injection technique can result in health complications such as inflammation, bacterial abscess or other infection, scar tissue development, septic shock, or other tissue ...

06. Understanding Blood Tests

The abuse of anabolic/androgenic steroids can have a number of potential negative health consequences, most commonly with regard to cardiovascular and liver health. These issues, however, can almost always be identified in blood work well before physical symptoms become apparent. Cardiovascular disease, for example, is a disease that can take decades to progress. Cholesterol and triglyceride testing can be used to identify and control early risk factors and decisions that would support the ...

07. Harm Reduction / Safer Use Guidelines

Harm reduction is a concept among healthcare workers that seeks to reduce the negative health consequences of drug abuse. The principles of harm reduction call for an acceptance of the fact that, good or bad, illicit drugs exist in today’s society. Instead of ignoring drug users, harm reduction practitioners actively work with them to promote safer use strategies and decrease the health damage of drug abuse. The effort of harm reduction is always helping, not judging, the individual. Although ...

08. Sterilizing Injectable AAS

Anabolic steroid products made by licensed drug manufacturers have an expectation of sterility. This is assured by the rigid government regulations applied to these companies. Unfortunately, there is no such expectation for counterfeit and underground steroid products. Most are assembled under conditions that are not sterile. On many occasions, independent laboratory tests have found bacterial contamination in products of illicit origin. There also appears to be a slightly higher prevalence of ...

09. Counterfeit Steroids

As the name implies, counterfeit steroids are copies of real anabolic/androgenic steroid products, which are made from illicit producers. These drugs are intended for sale on the black market, ultimately to consumers who believe they are buying a legitimate pharmaceutical item from the labeled company. There are many important issues to consider with the potential use of counterfeit steroids. For one, these products are made by criminal operations. The contents of such products, by the very ...

10. Counterfeit Steroid Identification

This section pertains to methods for differentiating between legitimate pharmaceutical products and illegitimate copies (counterfeits). Before we begin, I need to remind you that counterfeiting anabolic steroids is a very lucrative business these days. Counterfeiters are investing a lot of money in printing and packaging equipment so that you’ll have a hard time picking out their products. Furthermore, there are now many large “commercial scale” counterfeiting operations, with the capacity ...

11. Country Specifics

In most countries, a pharmaceutical company is required to meet a specific set of regulations pertaining to the physical packaging of a pharmaceutical product. In some cases these regulations can be used to help evaluate the legitimacy of black market steroids, as all counterfeiters may not have the resources or forethought to implement the required features. Here, we discuss a number of attributes to examine, which should hold true for all of the drugs produced in the specified country.

12. Underground Steroids

An underground steroid is an anabolic/androgenic steroid product that was made by an illegal (underground) laboratory. These drugs are specifically manufactured for sale to athletes and bodybuilders on the black market, and are not available through legitimate channels such as pharmacies and drug distributors. These companies are unlicensed, unregulated, and operate in a completely clandestine manner. At one time the term underground steroid was considered synonymous with counterfeit steroid, ...

13. Designer Steroids

There is a fatal flaw in the steroid detection methods used by the various sports agencies. That is, in order to test someone for anabolic steroids, you need to know exactly what you are looking for. You can’t just look for “steroids” in the urine, but are forced to test for each specific compound individually. To make things even more complicated, you need to know more than just what these steroids look like chemically before they are administered. You need to know what they are going to ...

14. Anabolic Steroids and the Law

United States law prohibits the possession of anabolic steroids without a legal medical prescription, imparting severe penalties (including fine and/or imprisonment) for those that choose to violate these laws. Under influence of U.S. government officials, World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) members, and public criticism following numerous doping scandals, a growing number of countries are following the U.S. by adopting their own laws against the possession of anabolic steroids and other sports ...

15. Acquiring AAS (Best Practices)

This section assumes that the decision has already been made to use anabolic steroids. It places no judgment on the decision itself, and concentrates only on reducing risks relating to the drug supply. How one goes about obtaining these substances is an extremely important consideration. Much more than money is at stake with this decision. The illicit market for anabolic steroids can be a highly volatile place, with significant quantities of low quality counterfeit and underground drugs in ...

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