Common Uses for Androgenic Steroids
The most common uses for androgenic steroids are in athletes wishing to increase their muscle mass, and consequently their athletic performance. The emasculating effect of the androgen includes development of skeletal muscle above and beyond what is naturally expected.
COMMONLY ABUSED STEROIDS
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Though the research on other uses in the medical field is underdeveloped, it has been suggested that these drugs can also be used to:
Treat cases of delayed puberty.
Combat effects of androgen deficiency.
Help to restore and maintain lean body mass in patients suffering from diseases which destroy muscle, such as HIV and, kidney failure.
Treatment of female breast cancer.
Stimulation of growth, weight gain, and red blood cell production.
Treatment of osteoporosis, as bone mass is gained in association with the conversion of fat into muscle tissue. (Need et. al, 1993, Mottram, 1988)
Restoring muscle mass in severely traumatized individuals who have lost high proportions of body mass (for example, burn victims and victims of other accidents).
Replacement therapy in men. (Mottram, 1988)
Gynacological disorders. (Mottram, 1988)
Protein anabolism (Mottram, 1988)
Anaemia (Mottram, 1988)
Due to the many negative effects these drugs have on the human body, medical application of these drugs must be monitored carefully by a knowledgeable physician.
Common drugs used in medical settings include:
Colton & Casper (1996) report that androgenic steroids have been used to assist performers in controlling vagal effect from stage fright or "jitters prior to a performance".
What are androgenic/anabolic steroids?
Effects of androgenic steroids on the voice, general effects
Implications of androgenic steroid use in voice therapy