When are oral steroids prescribed?
Oral steroids are prescribed to cure certain diseases such as autoimmune hepatitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and allergies. Some are used to treat cancer, although they are not yet proven to be 100% effective.
When should oral steroids be taken?
Oral steroids must be taken as prescribed by your physician. For bodybuilders and athletes, oral steroids serve as strength and body enhancers. The dosage depends on your body type, physical activity, etc. It is best to consult a professional to learn the correct dosage to take.
Does the time of day matter?
Yes, the time you take the steroids, as well as the frequency at which you take them will have a great impact on the effects to your body. For the best results, take your oral steroids at even intervals throughout the day. Make sure that you take them on a full stomach to balance the effects in your body. Some athletes take them a couple of hours before they work out to maximise the effect.
What are the possible effects of oral steroids?
Oral steroids can cure diseases when used according to a doctor’s prescription. On the other hand, they can cause side effects if you abuse them. Some of the negative effects of abusing oral steroids include:
- High blood pressure
- High blood sugar
- Muscle weakness
- Risk of stomach ulcers
Can I buy oral steroids?
Yes, you can. Oral steroids are available from the pharmacy if you have a prescription. You can also buy them online through the Steroid Central website. In the UK, steroids are legally allowed for individual purposes such as medicine and body enhancers.
Reminders about oral steroids
Here are some things that you should keep in mind if you are planning to take steroids:
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory pain killers like ibuprofen. This could lead to a stomach ulcer.
- Always carry a steroid card if you are a regular user. This will include the type of steroids you are taking, as well as your dose. This is in case of an emergency.
- See your doctor regularly and do not self-prescribe.