Injectable steroids are rightfully considered one of the most popular remedies for athletes. They help to increase muscles, endurance, and strength, and all this without exhausting efforts, although, of course, you cannot do without workouts when taking them.
It was anabolic steroids in injections that first appeared on the sports nutrition market. After testosterone was synthesized, injectable propionate appeared on the market, and later, in the 1950s, longer-acting enanthate. In the 1950s and 1960s, the pharmaceutical industry became increasingly interested in new androgens, and by the end of the 1980s, over a thousand anabolic steroids had been developed. And most of them are used in injectable form.
How Do Injectable Anabolic Steroids Work?
Such drugs are administered intramuscularly. Thanks to this method, the dose of steroids quickly enter the bloodstream and begins to act. Testosterone and all anabolic steroids act through androgen receptors. Androgen receptors are located on the x chromosome of cells and are ubiquitous in the body. In addition to muscles, androgen receptors affect the heart, immunity, and nervous system.
Anabolic steroids are often used in courses. The course of application can last from several weeks to several years, but on average, several months. There are often breaks of several months between periods of use. In the initial phase of use, the dose of steroids is increased gradually. In the final phase, steroid use is gradually phased out over 1–2 weeks. The purpose of the breaks is to reduce side effects and restore hormonal function in the body.
When used wisely, virtually all side effects of steroids can be minimized. The most powerful injectable drugs impact:
- On the cardiovascular system. Large doses of steroids can lead to an increase in bad cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels.
- Reproductive function. A side effect of steroids can affect fertility and sperm production in men.
- Testosterone and anabolic steroid drugs also affect the central nervous system. The areas in the brain that they affect are closely associated with centers that regulate mood, sex drive, and aggressiveness.
But the side effects for the liver with injectable steroids are much less pronounced than with drugs in pill form.
Today there are several hundred anabolic steroids available in injectable form. Moreover, almost all drugs of this type were initially produced in the form of injections, and only after lengthy development did they appear on the market in the form of tablets.
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