steroid-side-effectsLots have been said about the negative sides of synthetic steroids, and only a few positive feedbacks are making it to the mainstream media. Roid rage, aggression, infertility, liver damage, hirsutism – are just a few terms associated with steroid use.

The term ‘anabolic-androgenic steroids’ conjures up images of cheating athletes, of normal people being transformed into angry, beefed up monsters. But is this perception correct?

Anabolic-androgenic steroids do have legitimate medical uses foremost of which are treatment of chronic wasting conditions in individuals suffering from HIV and AIDS, as well as decreased levels of hormones on the aged that can result to low energy, depression, sexual dysfunction, and attention deficit.

Many medical practitioners, such as sports orthopaedics expert Kevin Plancher, believe that synthetic steroids could offer a lot of medical benefits. On steroids positive effects on chronic wasting diseases, Plancher says: “Anabolic steroids have a very limited scope of legal use here in the United States. But they can be helpful in a number of critical situations, and there is research underway to study their effects in still other problematic areas where current protocols are not yielding optimal results.”

He further discusses the steroids role in particular condition like chronic wasting diseases whereby patients suffer considerable and drastic weight loss and the inability of the body to gain it back – no matter how much they eat. “Anecdotally, we hear of patients who take Anabolic Androgenic Steroids to regain lean muscle after being diagnosed with Chronic Wasting Disease, and the evidence is positive,” Dr. Plancher notes.

Likewise, several medical researches have been continually exploring the potential of anabolic-androgenic steroids in the medical therapy of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

Plancher, however, stresses that there is a need for the patient who is taking steroids to be closely monitored by a physician.

“Doctors whose patients are taking steroids, whether for arthritis, asthma, rehabilitation, or as an experimental treatment for a serious medical condition, should be watchful for a number of serious potential side effects,” he says. “Yet, all of these symptoms are far less likely to occur if a doctor is managing the quality, duration and dosage of the steroid therapy,” Dr. Plancher assures. “The key to successfully using these or any other drugs is to use the smallest dose of the best medication available to treat the exact duration of any given medical condition.”