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What are the symptoms of withdrawal from steroids?

      Athletes who abuse steroids often take them in a "cycling"
 pattern:  They take the drugs in very high doses for a period of
 weeks or months, then stop taking them.(1,2)  Stopping
 anabolic steroids can lead to several physical and psychological
 side effects, such as "depression, fatigue, decreased sex drive,
 insomnia, loss of appetite, dissatisfaction with body image, and
 craving for more steroids."(1,3)  

      Some researchers feel that there are two phases to the
 withdrawal, but this concept is not widely accepted:(3,4)  Phase
 I occurs during the first week of withdrawal, and includes flu-
 like symptoms such as joint pain, runny nose, diarrhea, and
 elevated temperature.(3,4)  Phase II begins the second week of
 withdrawal and may last up to several months; symptoms are
 depression and craving for steroids.(3,4)  Whether this model
 adequately describes the withdrawal symptoms of high-dose steroid
 abuse or not, suicidal depression may occur after steroids are
 withdrawn.(4-6)  If possible, withdrawal from steroids should be
 monitored by a health care professional to determine the risk of
 suicide in each case.

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REFERENCES 1. Brower KJ, Eliopulos GA, Blow FC, Catlin DH, Beresford TP. Evidence for physical and psychological dependence on anabolic androgenic steroids in 8 weight lifters. American Journal Of Psychiatry 1990 Apr;147(4):510-2. 2. Kashkin KB, Kleber HD. Hooked on hormones - an anabolic steroid addiction hypothesis. JAMA J Am Med Assoc 1989 Dec 8;262(22):3166-70. 3. Brower KJ, Catlin DH, Blow FC, Eliopulos GA, Beresford TP. Clinical assessment and urine testing for anabolic-androgenic steroid abuse and dependence. American Journal Of Drug And Alcohol Abuse 1991;17(2):161-71. 4. Brower KJ. Addictive potential of anabolic steroids. Psychiatric Annals 1992 Jan;22(1):30-4. 5. Narducci WA, Wagner JC, Hendrickson TP, Jeffrey TP. Anabolic steroids - a review of the clinical toxicology and diagnostic screening. Journal Of Toxicology-Clinical Toxicology 1990;28(3):287-310. 6. Brower KJ, Blow FC, Eliopulos GA, Beresford TP. Anabolic androgenic steroids and suicide. American Journal Of Psychiatry 1989 Aug;146(8):1075. by Trent Tschirgi, R. Ph. (c) 1992 University of Maryland Office of Substance Abuse Studies. All Rights Reserved.
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