Androsterone can be taken transdermally through a patch or orally with a capsule. When cycled on its own, Androsterone should be taken orally in 400mg to 600mg daily doses or transdermally in 200mg to 300mg daily doses. When stacking Androsterone, the doses should be lowered by 200mg to 400mg, depending on the amount of steroids in the stack. For the first cycle, it’s recommended to take the lowest dose possible to get used to the increased androgenic hormones in the body. On the second or third cycle, the dose can be increased for athletes with a tolerance for the steroid.
Laws and Penalties: Concerns over growing illegal AAS abuse by teenagers, and many of the just discussed long-term effects, led Congress in 1991 to place the whole AAS class of drugs into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Under this legislation, AAS are defined as any drug or hormonal substance, chemically and pharmacologically related to T (other than estrogens, progestins, and corticosteroids) that promotes muscle growth. The possession or sale of AAS without a valid prescription is illegal. Since 1991, simple possession of illegally obtained AAS carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a minimum $1,000 fine if this is an individual’s first drug offense. The maximum penalty for trafficking (selling or possessing enough to be suspected of selling) is five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 if this is the individual’s first felony drug offense. If this is the second felony drug offense, the maximum period of imprisonment and the maximum fine both double. While the above listed penalties are for federal offenses, individual states have also implemented fines and penalties for illegal use of AAS. State executive offices have also recognized the seriousness of AAS abuse and other drugs of abuse in schools. For example, the State of Virginia enacted a law that will allow student drug testing as a legitimate school drug prevention program (48, 49).