Additional substances banned by FDA Pro-hormones are substances that when ingested are converted by the body into anabolic hormones. They produce similar effects as that of anabolic steroids. Some of the dietary supplements present in the market today,which contain pro-hormones were Tren, Havoc and Spawn. They seemed a little harmless over anabolic steroids because they can be purchased over the counter without a doctor’s prescription, as long as you’re 18 years old and above.

Aside from giving the same effects as anabolic steroids, pro-hormones also give out the same stress level to the liver as steroids do. It can also produce the same side effects as steroids such as estrogenic effects and alteration of hormonal levels in the body.

A college football athlete shared his experience with Tren, a brand of pro-hormone. He experienced sleepless nights, excessive hunger and a severe acne case after his post-cycle therapy.

In July, pro-hormones were included in the FDA’s list of banned substances. It is now illegal to distribute but those with a hidden agenda would always find a way to obtain it.

High school and college coaches like Gary Ekegren, head man at Missoula Big Sky, hopes the ban could lead to decreased use of pro-hormones in young athletes.

According to the Missoulian:

Bulking up has always been a part of football, but some athletes have been using banned substances to achieve their goals. Pro-hormone, a substance with effects similar to steroids, was recently banned by the FDA.