The FDA warns against using products advertised as alternatives to anabolic steroids for increasing muscle mass and strength.

These products are promoted as dietary supplements to improve sports performance and aid in recovery from training and sporting events.

In fact, they aren’t dietary supplements. More accurately stated, they’re unapproved new drugs that have not been reviewed by the FDA for safety and effectiveness.

The bottom line?
Adverse events experienced by people who use products that contain steroids or steroid alternatives include serious liver injury, stroke, kidney failure and pulmonary embolism (blockage of an artery in the lung).

The FDA recommends that consumers stop using all body building products that claim to contain steroids or steroid-like substances.

Able Pharmboy has much more to say on this topic here.

7/28/09 20:16 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.