"For years I had been a "junkie"--addicted to prescription and over the counter drugs. used oral and topical anti-inflammatory corticosteroids for 9 years to suppress my eczema/psoriasis. The steroids' side effect nearly killed me and did nothing to cure my eczema. The side effects caused me to swell-up like a balloon and triggered terrible mood swings from deep depression to nasty outburst our rages. Functioning of vital organs such as my liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen were nearly shut down and I thought I would die." Shirley
Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer steroids when they have the chance, just as they do with other addictive drugs. People may continue to abuse steroids despite physical problems, high costs to buy the drugs, and negative effects on their relationships. These behaviors reflect steroids' addictive potential. Research has further found that some steroid users turn to other drugs, such as opioids, to reduce sleep problems and irritability caused by steroids.
In general it has been found that oral steroids are more likely to prove detrimental to cardiovascular health than injectable forms of non C-17 alkyl steroids. In this regard it is important to point out that estrogen is actually known to have a positive effect on cholesterol levels, enhancing HDL levels, and keeping LDL levels under control. It is when aromatase inhibitors in ancillary compounds come into play during the steroid cycles that the individual is at risk of cardio-vascular diseases owing to estrogen levels being subdued. Further, it has been seen that when the individual is committed to a healthy diet that supports desired cholesterol levels during the steroid cycle , the risk of cardiovascular disease arising from steroid use can be kept under control.