Steroids For Medical Purposes

 Steroids are used everyday in the medical field. 

Discover the reasons for and side effects from this type of medication!

Steroids in the contemporary society are being used not only for human consumption but also for various other domestic purposes. When we talk of steroids, we are referring to the class of drugs generally classified into two major groups namely: anti-inflammatory and anabolic steroids.  Anabolic steroids are the most misused drugs especially by athletes. Weight lifters, wrestlers and body builders are fond of anabolic steroids primarily to amplify muscle size and body strength.  

Anabolic steroids are sometimes used to treat various medical conditions in human s as well as pets. It is however the anti-inflammatory group of steroids which widely used as drugs for health problems. The specific clinical conditions in which anti-inflammatory steroids are employed include:  brain swellings and internal inflammation, allergies, spinal inflammation, immune mediated instances, arthritis inflammation and both stomach and intestinal inflammation. Research has established that steroids are highly effective when employed to reduce inflammations and tissue swelling. They are also some definite symptoms relieved, though for a brief duration, by anabolic steroids.

The most common anabolic steroid drugs used for medical conditions are like Prednisone, Triamcinolone, Prednisolone, Dexamethasone and Medrol. Typical prescriptions for oral doses are stated at the initial stage of medication, followed by consecutively lower doses, until the dosage is clinically discontinued.  Steroids seem like if they mimic a naturally occurring human hormone called adrenaline.

When anti-inflammatory steroids are used, production of natural adrenaline decreases because the body recognizes natural adrenaline and the orally administered steroid as similar molecules. Abrupt discontinuation of adrenaline production can be lethal to a patient and it is therefore essential to taper oral steroid doses carefully so as to prevent a steep deficit of natural adrenaline in the patient's body.

Steroids are used to prompt muscle growth and repair especially in muscle wasting diseases like cancer. They are also vital ingredients in vitality medications aimed at improving the sexual drive of both male and females. Most acute forms of terminal diseases need steroid derivatives to boost recovery of wasted body tissues and promote general body strength, which is in most cases is critically needed.

There are however some side effects associated with the use of anti-inflammatory steroids whether for leisure or medical purposes. This is adequately exemplified by pets. Numerous research findings have concurred that dogs show severe side effects if they are continually exposed to the steroids more than rats. They increase rate and intensity of thirst and general appetite, closely followed by increased urine production, and a steep weight gain. Dogs begin to pant seriously after minimal exhaustion and alter moods frequently for no external reason at all.

These mood swings are particularly important in understanding why human users of the steroids are always easily irritable and overly aggressive or even violent. Tapering the steroid dosage down helps decrease the side effects.  Alternative medication should be sought if steroids are ineffective or are producing extreme negative side effects.

But patients and physicians should always remember that long term steroid usage induce numerous internal changes in the patient's body, often resulting to over-production of the natural steroid called cortisol. In fact research findings indicate that medical prescriptions if given for an extended period become addictive. If a specific steroid medication is deemed necessary they should be controlled and tapered down.