The different steroids, based on the way in which they are administered, are injectable liquids, oral pills, and skin patches. These drugs are also called anabolic-androgenic steroids.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones made to mimic testosterone, a type of male hormone. Certain types of anabolic steroids are prescribed by medical professionals to treat a number of health problems in both men and women.
Hormone problems in men and delayed puberty in boys and are the most common reasons why anabolic steroids are prescribed. A medical professional will prescribe testosterone or a synthetic form of it, such as methyltestosterone or fluoxymesterone, to be taken orally by the patient each day. Patches also can be placed on the skin to release the hormone slowly. Testosterone cypionate and testosterone enanthate are injectable types of anabolic steroids.
Other health conditions sometimes warrant the use of different anabolic steroids. Postmenopausal women and Breast cancer patients might temporarily require synthetic testosterone to help balance out their hormone levels. Anabolic steroids are used to help patients gain weight but rarely to aid in weight loss.