Por sí solos ninguno de estos síntomas indica que alguien está tomando esteroides anabólicos, pero podrían alertar a los padres y a los entrenadores sobre la posibilidad de que el abuso de la droga está ocurriendo. Hay pocas enfermedades médicas en la juventud en las que la prescripción médica de testosterona es apropiada e indicada; el uso apropiado de testosterona no debe causar ninguno de los síntomas físicos enlistados arriba. El uso sin autorización médica de esteroides anabólicos plantea un peligro grave. La posesión y distribución de los esteroides anabólicos para propósitos no médicos, es ilegal bajo la ley federal, porque los esteroides están clasificados como una droga Programa III bajo el Controlled Substances Act.
Anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) were initially created for therapeutic purposes, and synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone. Due its great anabolic effects, these drugs are being used on a large scale, for the improvement of sports performance. In this present study, we aim to show the history of it’ use, present their mechanisms of action, more particularly its use correlate with improved body composition, muscle mass, aerobic capacity and verify their possible side effects, analyzing their use therapeutic and indiscriminate, through direct scientific research with the sports. Sources were reviewed scientific the following search engines: PUBMED, LILACS and SCIELO. The results showed that in presence of a suitable AAS and diet can contribute to increases in body weight, particularly lean body mass and muscle strength gains achieved by high intensity exercise, these effects can be further potentiated, the use of supraphysiological doses, but in the aspect of aerobic power, there are not scientific evidence to support their improvement. Regarding side effects, the use of AAS, is related to several complications in the liver, cardiovascular system, reproductive system and psychological characteristics, always assigned by the non-therapeutic and abuse of AAS. Thus we conclude that the use of AAS, are directly linked to gains muscle mass, strength, as well several side effects, always assigned to abusive and indiscriminate doses, it is noteworthy that the scientific literature, still has a certain lack of studies, mainly randomized, controlled, with supraphysiological doses in human, so many effects are still unknown.