Injectable steroids are preparations administered intramuscularly to build up the muscle mass, increase endurance and power performance. Injectable steroids are used in sports, especially bodybuilding and powerlifting. Injectable steroids greatly accelerate the muscle building process, accelerate the synthesis of protein, and help to metabolize the carbohydrates and fats better.
When anabolic steroids are administered intramuscularly (injected), it slowly passes through the muscle tissue to the bloodstream. Injectable steroids leave traces in the body for longer period of time, therefore, the effect of injectable steroids on doping test can be seen even after one month.
Apart from oral steroids, injectable steroids administered intramuscularly can provide much more benefits than their oral counterparts. Steroid tablets enter the stomach and only enter the bloodstream after gastric acid absorbed them through, while injectable steroids enter the bloodstream immediately. With injectable steroids, it is not uncommon that the athlete can build up to 30 lbs of muscle mass in a single month.
What are injectable steroids?
Injectable anabolic steroids are steroidal androgens that include natural androgens like testosterone as well as synthetic androgens that are structurally related and have similar effects to testosterone. They are anabolic and increase protein within cells, especially in skeletal muscles, and also have varying degrees of androgenic and virilizing effects, including induction of the development and maintenance of masculine secondary sexual characteristics such as the growth of facial and body hair.
Ergogenic uses for injectable anabolic steroids in sports, racing, and bodybuilding as performance-enhancing drugs are controversial because of their adverse effects and the potential to gain unfair advantage in physical competitions. Their use is referred to as doping and banned by most major sporting bodies. For many years, anabolic steroids have been by far the most detected doping substances in IOC-accredited laboratories.
Are there any side effects from using injectable steroids?
Anabolic steroids carry with them possible adverse side-effects. How great the probability of such effects occurring is can vary from one steroid to another and total dosing and individual response can both play large roles in this final outcome. Even so, when it comes to side-effects there is the issue of liver toxicity that is always a concern and quite commonly brought up when anabolic steroids are discussed. Most all oral anabolic steroids are toxic to the liver; they possess this hepatic nature due simply to the nature of their existence.
Injectable steroids do not carry this trait with the exception of injectable Stanozolol. This means that through the use of injectable steroids over oral steroids we create less stress, we put less stress on our body and can largely concern ourselves with more exciting things like the benefits we desire.
How are injectable steroids injected?
Injectable anabolic steroids are always given deep in the muscle (intramuscular). Some other performance-enhancing drugs such as human growth hormone and insulin injections are given by injection in the fat layer between the skin and muscle (subcutaneous). Improper injection technique can result in health complications such as inflammation, bacterial abscess or other infection, scar tissue development, septic shock, or other tissue or nerve injury. Furthermore, the sharing of needles or vials may result in the transmission of blood-borne pathogens including HIV and hepatitis. It is important to closely follow accepted sterility and safety practices for every injection, including the proper disposal of all equipment immediately after use.
Is there an injection protocol for injectable steroids?
Please follow these steps when using injectable steroids:
1. Thoroughly clean the intended site of injection with second alcohol pad. Preferred locations are the upper outer quadrant of the buttocks, or the outer side of the thigh. Let air dry for 15 seconds.
2. Remove needle cap. With free hand, stretch the skin around the site of injection with two fingers. Move the skin over the muscle to the side by 1-1.5” (Z-Track method).
3. In a swift motion, insert the needle into the target muscle at a 90-degree angle with the dominant hand. Make sure the needle is deep within the muscle.
4. Pull back on the plunger (aspirate). If the syringe fills with blood you have hit a blood vessel, and the injection should be aborted.
5. Inject the medication slowly into the muscle.
6. Withdraw the syringe. Release the skin with your other hand. The skin and subcutaneous tissue will rebound, which helps close off the needle shaft and prevent leaking.
7. Dry injection site with dry cotton ball. Cover with plastic bandage if necessary.
Precautions: Never inject into skin that is discolored, broken, or irritated, or if there are lumps, knots, or feelings of pain in the area. Do not inject more than 3mL at one time. Rotate the site of injection so that you do not inject in the same muscle more than once every two weeks.