You’ve probably heard of athletes or bodybuilders who take steroids or of someone being prescribed steroids to treat an ailment. But there’s more than one type of steroid, and depending on what you’re taking, you are likely to experience different side effects. Anabolic steroids are the kind that bodybuilders take while corticosteroids are steroids given to treat health problems. The latter act as anti-inflammatory medication to heal and cure the body of a range of illnesses. And we are exploring these here. “Steroid” in what follows means corticosteroid.
There are an unknown percentage of people that become addicted to steroids from abusing the drug. Steroid abusers tend to spend vast amounts of money and time to obtain this drug. This is an obvious indication of addiction to steroids. People who abuse this drug show signs of withdrawal symptoms as soon as they halt the usage. Some of the side effects of steroid abuse can be fatigue, decreased hunger, loss of sex drive, and craving more steroids. The worst effect being depression, which can lead to attempting suicide, if this symptom is not addressed the effect has been known to last over a year after stopping the usage.
Effects of steroid withdrawal are known to emulate and kick start many other medical complications as well. Weakness, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea (further resulting in liquid and electrolyte complications), as well as abdominal pain are some of the most common effects that steroid withdrawal is often associated with. Constant decrease in blood pressure which simultaneously causes a person to faint or causes fits and dizziness are other complications the steroid use can cause.
Blood sugar levels are known to have dropped in many people who consume steroids. In women, menstrual changes have been reported widely. Muscle and joint pains, fever, changes in mentality, as well as elevation in calcium levels have been reported in some cases. Gastrointestinal contractions decrease dramatically which may ultimately lead to the swelling of the intestine .