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FDA Warns About Testosterone and Related Steroids

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Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 11:55 AM

Testosterone and related anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) can cause heart attacks, personality changes and infertility, and are easily abused, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says in a new warning.

"Testosterone and other AAS are abused by adults and adolescents, including athletes and body builders. Abuse of testosterone, usually at doses higher than those typically prescribed and usually in conjunction with other AAS, is associated with serious safety risks affecting the heart, brain, liver, mental health, and endocrine system," the agency said in a news release.

"Reported serious adverse outcomes include heart attack, heart failure, stroke, depression, hostility, aggression, liver toxicity and male infertility. Individuals abusing high doses of testosterone have also reported withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, irritability, loss of appetite, decreased libido and insomnia," according to the FDA.

It said labeling on all prescription testosterone products -- which are approved to treat men with low testosterone due to certain medical conditions -- will be revised.

Millions of men use testosterone pills, gels or get injections. Anabolic steroids are synthetic variations of testosterone and are legally prescribed to treat conditions such as delayed puberty and diseases that cause muscle loss, such as cancer or AIDS, NBC News reported.

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