Oral steroids

The steroids that are designed to be taken through the mouth i.e. orally are known as oral steroids. They are widely marketed and available as pills or capsules but a few syrups also exist in the market. Oral steroids are prescribed by doctors for a variety of reasons and many pharmacies have a stock of these steroids in order to satisfy the demands of prescription users. Oral steroids are not the usual over the counter drugs and their usage come with a certain amount of risk. It is important to inform the users on why oral steroids have been prescribed, how to go about using them, and what Oral Steroids symptoms to watch out for in case of a complication so that a report can be lodged with the doctor as soon as possible.

When using oral steroids the risk of infection is minimized because one does not need any auxiliary equipment or any precautions for keeping sterile the whole process of injection. Oral steroids are fast-acting and provide fast results, thus they are preferred by users that expect quick results.

Orals are considered very hard to liver, especially those oral steroids that are 17-alpha alkylated, so many experienced steroids users prefer to take them in combination with injectable steroids. The 17 alkylation is added to improve the bioavailability of oral steroids. Without this chemical alteration, drugs may not be able to survive the first-pass metabolism of the liver, and thus may not be able to exert anabolic effects.

Psychological side effects of steroids include irritability, agitation, euphoria or depression. Insomnia can also be a side effect. These changes in appearance and mood are often more apparent with high doses of steroids, and may begin within days. Injected triamcinalone (see above), or oral dexamethasone seem to cause these changes less, but they stay in the body an undesirably long time, rendering them second choices.

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