Mixing Alcohol And Steroids
Alcohol is such a commonly used substance that unfortunately people often forget the possible repercussions of its use, and also the fact that it might not be a good idea to mix it with many other substances. One example of interactions you should know about are alcohol and steroids. What are the side effects of alcohol and steroids? They’re covered in depth below.
There are two types of steroids that are commonly discussed. The first are anabolic steroids, which are like male sex hormones and they can be given by doctors to help patients who have delayed puberty, or who have lost significant amounts of muscle because of conditions like cancer and AIDS. In addition to anabolic steroids being prescribed to patients, they’re also used illicitly by people who want to gain muscle or improve their athletic performance.
There are also corticosteroids, which don’t build muscle but treat conditions such as allergic reactions and autoimmune conditions. One widely prescribed example of a corticosteroid is prednisone, which can help treat a range of autoimmune conditions such as arthritis and lupus.
Anabolic steroids can be very dangerous and can have serious side effects. Some of the side effects of anabolic steroids can include jaundice, high blood pressure and cholesterol, kidney tumors, acne, testicle shrinkage, reduced sperm count and infertility, liver tumors, baldness, the development of breasts in men and prostate cancer. In women who take steroids, there are possible side effects including changes in menstrual cycle, deepening of the voice, male pattern baldness and increased facial hair.
Anabolic steroids are also linked to emotional and mood problems, including increased violence and aggression, paranoia, irritability, depression and impaired judgment.
While anabolic steroids can have many side effects, most of which are negative, unlike many other types of drugs they don’t affect the levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain, at least not in the short term. However, they can affect certain reward and emotional pathways with long-term use.
So what about alcohol and steroids? What are the side effects of alcohol and steroids?
For many people who mix alcohol and steroids, it’s not intentional. They may either be taking a steroid medicine or taking anabolic steroids and simply decide to drink at the same time without thinking about it. However, when people use some types of steroids, they might also mix them with alcohol in order to curb the negative effects of coming off the steroids, which can trigger depression.
If someone is combining alcohol and steroids as a way to stave off the negative emotional effects of the steroids, they may actually be doing more harm than good. There is some research showing that when you drink it increases the presence of estrogen in your body, and that can lead you to feel even worse than you would have otherwise. When you combine alcohol and steroids, it’s much more likely that you’ll develop a cycle of dependence on one or both substances.
Long-term steroid use is also associated with kidney and liver damage, and if you drink, particularly in excess it also harms these organs. If you’re combining alcohol and steroids, you’re amplifying your risk of damaging the kidneys and liver, and it can lead to cirrhosis or failure of the organs.
So, in addition to liver or kidney damage, what are the side effects of alcohol and steroids?
Other side effects of mixing alcohol and steroids can include dehydration, high blood pressure, depression, chest pain, allergic reactions and gastrointestinal problems.
Also, as was touched on above, some of the side effects of using steroids on their own can include rage, volatility, and emotional instability. These symptoms can all be exacerbated when you mix alcohol and steroids.
When you’re mixing alcohol and steroids, you may be putting yourself at risk, or you could be more likely to harm another person.
Most of the dangerous side effects of alcohol and steroids are related to anabolic steroids.
So, what are the side effects of alcohol and steroids prescribed to treat conditions like asthma? With corticosteroids, the side effects of mixing them with alcohol may be less severe, but it can aggravate your underlying condition for which you’re prescribed steroids if you drink. You should speak with your doctor if you’re taking corticosteroids and you want to know if moderate drinking might be okay.
Your doctor may advise you not to combine alcohol and steroids prescribed for a health condition because it could be rough on your liver as well. You should always speak with your doctor about drinking and any medicine you may be on.
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