Oral steroids are the most popular choice for bodybuilders and workout enthusiasts who are looking to speed up their progress in the gym. This is partly because they are very simple and easy to take, and partly because they get to work very quickly. They do come with some side effects and should therefore be taken with caution.
The aspect of oral steroids that makes them more harmful than their injectable counterparts is that they are what’s known as ‘hepatotoxic’. This means that they have a negative effect on the liver, due to having been specifically synthesised to survive their passage through the body.
When you first start using oral steroids you should stick to a low dose. This will help your body acclimatise to the new levels of hormones that you will be experiencing and will also help you to avoid negative side effects in the first instance. Recommended doses of oral steroid for first time users tend to be between 60mg to 80mg. More experienced users will be able to increase their steroid use over time.