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.
Acne is often present. Acne conglobata is a particularly severe form of acne that can develop during steroid abuse or even after the drug has been discontinued. Infections are a common side effect of steroid abuse because of needle sharing and unsanitary techniques used when injecting the drugs into the skin. These are similar risks to IV drug abusers with increased potential to acquire blood-borne infections such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS . Skin abscesses may occur at injection sites and may spread to other organs of the body. Endocarditis or an infection of the heart valves is not uncommon.
When women tend to consume steroids for developing their body, they need to be aware that this can lead to excessive levels of steroid consumption leads to high level of male hormone, the testosterone in the body. This makes them more manly by producing more facial hair, severe acne, vast mood swings and increased irritability. Likewise when men consuming high levels of steroid , their male hormone, testosterone converts into female hormone estrogen, leading to more women like features. It can cause male breasts, lowered sperm count, impotence and reduced testicles. Hence medical advice is very important before starting the consumption steroid.