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anabolic steroids for 6 weeks safe?

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i have bipolar. is it safe for me to take anabolic steroids for 6 weeks and never use them again? I take 1000 mg of depakote for bipolar and 20 mg of paxil

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replied March 8th, 2011
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, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned about the use of anabolic steroids for 6 months and you also made a mention that you are bipolar.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone . They are often used to promote growth of muscle and bones because of their ability to increase cell growth and division but can also increase growth in other bodily tissues as well. Whether the steroids are used for medicinal or other reasons, they can produce many unwanted side effects. These include:

• high blood pressure
• increased total cholesterol levels
• increased acne
• hair loss and baldness
• prostate cancer
• liver damage (often caused by high doses of oral administration)
• excessive growth of oral gums

There are specific side effects in males. These include gynocomastia which is the appearance of female characteristics including breast development, sexual dysfunction and infertility and shrinking of the testicles.
A study by the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program revealed that patients who took different doses of Prednisone (a corticosteroid), from lowest to highest, had an increasingly greater incidence of mental disturbances: psychosis, mania and depression. Also while mania is the most frequent response to the use of steroids, depression is often triggered by steroid withdrawal. You must discuss all these facts thoroughly with your personal physician before taking anabolic steroids.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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