As defined in the Encyclopedia, steroids are a large group of naturally occurring and synthetic lipids or fat-soluble chemicals, with a great diversity of physiological activity.  Included among the steroids are certain alcohols (sterols), bile acids, many important hormones, some natural drugs and poisons found in the skin of some toads.  Cholesterol, a major contributor to arteriosclerosis, is a sterol.  Steroid hormones, which are similar to but not identical with sterols, include the adrenal cortical steroids hydrocortisone, cortisone, aldosterone and progesterone and the female and male sex hormones, Estrogen and Testosterone.  Most oral contraceptives are synthetic steroids consisting of female synthetic derivatives of this substance. There are many types of steroids including:  Testosterone, Winstrol, Clenbuteral, Clomid, Dynabolon, Deca Durabolin, Sustanon, Finapliz, Equipoise and Nubian.  Most of these are Anabolic Steroids.

Testosterone is a male hormone. It is considered a synthetic male hormone manufactured for the purpose of achieving muscle growth.  It comes in many different esters.  The more prevalent Testosterone Esters are Cypionate, Enanthate, propionate and Suspension.

Winstrol is a common brand name for the drug stanazolol.  It is a 17-aa steroid designed for oral administration but it is also available in injectible form.  It is classified as an anabolic. People take it for body building. There is strict government control on it and it is very expensive.  There are many forms of counterfeit Winstol so one must be very careful when purchasing it.

Clenbuterol is known as a sympathomimetic.  It is taken to mimic adrenaline and noradrenaline in the human body.  It is selective beta-2 agonist that is used to stimulate the beta-receptors in fat and muscle tissue in the body.  It does work well as a fat burner but not as a body builder.

Clomid is a brand name for the drug clomiphene citrate.  It is usually prescribed for women to help in ovulation.  In men the natural lever of testosterone production is increased with this drug.  The effect of this drug is beneficial to athletes, especially when they are discontinuing the use of steroids.  It plays a crucial role in preventing a crash in athletic performance.  Clomiphene citrate is widely available on the black market.  Until recently it was easy to get it through foreign mail order.  Clomid is becoming harder to obtain.

Dynabolon is used by athletes for muscle gain.  It also goes hand in hand with gain in strength.  The increases in body weight and improved strength are the result of water retention in tissues and joints.  Bodybuilders who use the drug usually inject it twice a week.  Female athletes rarely use it since they prefer Durabolin which is discussed next and has a shorter duration of effectiveness.

Deca Durabolin is an inject able steroid.  It is a low androgenic steroid with high anabolic properties.  It is good for developing size and strength.  It can be used by almost all athletes with very low side effects.

Sustanon is an oil-based injectable containing four different testosterone compounds.  It is an androgenic steroid with a pronounced anabolic effect.  It leads to less water retention an estrogenic side effects.  When first starting the drub you can expect to gain about 20 pounds within a couple of months.  The counterfeit drug is rarely seen on the US black market.

Finaplix is a veterinary cattle implant which contains the potent androgenic steroid trenbolone acetate.  It is the same drug which was once available as an injectable in the US labeled Finaject.  It is very effective at burning fat.  It can be very toxic especially to the kidneys.

Equipoise or boldenone undecylenate is a favorite veterinary steroid for many athletes.  Its effects are strongly anabolic.  It will provide a steady and consistent gain in mass and strength. Muscle hardness and density can be improved when it is combined with Parabola or Winstrol.  If injections are made too often an oil abscess will form at the injection site.  If this happens a doctor will have to drain the site.

The last one is Nubain which is a popular pain killer used by bodybuilders or weight lifters to combat injuries and break through the “pain barrier”.  It is also highly addictive.

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