Anabolic and androgenic steroids are available as prescription medications to be used in cases in which the body does not make enough hormone and supplementation may be required. Some hormone supplements in this pathway include growth hormone and testosterone itself. These medications are legally prescribed by health-care providers, but this group of drugs is often used illegally and abused to help increase athletic performance and improve body appearance. When used in a well-nourished body, anabolic steroids will cause weight gain primarily due to an increase in muscle mass.
Physiological effects of steroids can be estimated reasonably well because it can reasonably be supposed that few if any potential users are going to have significant pre-existing medical problems. But when trying to evaluate mental effects, that supposition has no basis. As Darkes (see farther below) and many others have pointed out, one of the chief failings of many studies of steroids and psychiatry is the failure to design the studies so that the cause-and-effect relationship is not tangled. While there are, in some reports, evidences of some possible correlation of steroid use and mental problems, what few if any of those studies address is which is cause and which effect .
It is very common for bodybuilders to use veterinary steroids for a precontest cycle. Since they are typically assimilated quickly, they do the best work in the shortest amount of time, and are generally out of the system relatively fast in comparison to other ‘roids. And, believe it or not, usually people see fewer side effects when using vet products than when using human ones. Why take anything else? Maybe not ‘why take anything else’, but why not include veterinary steroids, in one form or another, in every cycle? In my mind, veterinary drugs should really be everyone’s choice for extreme condition and definition. They combine well with androgens and other anabolics as well as any drug in the human realm of anabolic steroids. The only problem, these days anyway, is availability. You can find them in Mexico, but you risk fakes, counterfeits, lower quality, or lower dose per ml. You also, of course, face the possibility that you’ll be stopped.