Both doctors agree that because there are many different steroid creams available (and seven different categories of steroids), it's critical to visit a board-certified dermatologist instead of a primary care physician. "If a person uses too much of a steroid cream or one that's too strong for their skin, there can be complications," says Dr. Rand. "General doctors may not be aware of the specific strengths and recommendations for these products. I've also heard from patients that their pharmacists made a decision to give them a different cream based on price, and this is also a concern. Most likely, the pharmacists also aren't aware of the specifics regarding these creams. However, when used appropriately, steroid creams can be a total game changer and even help save people’s lives."
Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer steroids when they have the chance, just as they do with other addictive drugs. People may continue to abuse steroids despite physical problems, high costs to buy the drugs, and negative effects on their relationships. These behaviors reflect steroids' addictive potential. Research has further found that some steroid users turn to other drugs, such as opioids, to reduce sleep problems and irritability caused by steroids.
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