Side-effects from the use of steroids are extremely common and can be quite significant. Most side-effects are reversible once the athlete stops usage although serious long-term side-effects and even death have occurred as a direct result of steroid use.
• Decreased sperm production and sex drive
• Increased aggression, irritability and mood swings
• Liver disorders
• Baldness (alopecia)
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• Raised cholesterol
• Gynecomastia (development of over-sized mammary glands in males)
• Menstrual irregularities (in women)
• Hirsuitism (excessive hair growth occurring in females which follows the pattern of male hair growth, . facial)
• Deepening of the voice
• Reduced immunity
• Possible development of tumors (wilm’s tumor, prostate carcinoma and leukemia have been reported, although a connection is not proven)
I asked Catlin to check if Amazon has allowed the products back yet again. Sure enough, Amazon continues selling dangerous steroids and stimulants banned in sports and at least one drug regulated by the DEA, M-Drol , which contains the anabolic steroid methasterone. It is illegal to sell methasterone without a prescription and a DEA license. The DEA warned about methasterone in 2011, and this specific product has been recalled , yet it keeps making its way back onto Amazon. Amazon also trades in many compounds that are dangerous to the human body and banned by anti-doping agencies but aren’t yet illegal. One example is trenavar, marketed as TR3N , which is a “prohormone” that the body converts into another active compound. That compound is trenbolone, a DEA-controlled anabolic steroid. There’s nothing unusual about prodrugs as pharmaceuticals. We use many prescription prodrugs in daily medical practice, all regulated by the FDA, that become active only when processed inside the human body . That the DEA can’t easily regulate prodrugs of scheduled substances like trenbolone is simply an artifact of the outdated legislation that created the agency.
Remember, nothing is alleged to--or can have--happened to all of MLB over some one or two seasons: the claim is that PEDs were being used at a slowly but steadily increasing rate (and thus "distorting records") from very roughly 1980 through the present. Were that so, or anything like it, we would expect to see a clear long-term uptrend during this period. But we don't: we see a nearly flat line that, if anything, slopes slightly down. The "boost" just isn't there. But that doesn't seem to stop anyone from talking about it.