What is it? An anabolic/androgenic steroid altered to produce better muscle-building properties, making it very popular for bodybuilders.
How it’s taken: Tablets or injections
Brand names: Winstrol, although that brand is no longer in production in the United States.
Legalities: Regulated as a Schedule III drug, meaning a valid prescription is required for possession.
What it does: Promotes muscle growth. In the past, it has been prescribed for patients with osteoporosis, growth deficiencies and hereditary angioedema, a disease that causes swelling.
Side effects/risks: Oily skin, acne and hair loss. More severe risks include liver damage, cardiovascular strain, mood changes and hardening of the arteries.
In the news: Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson was stripped of his 1988 Olympic gold medal after testing positive for stanozolol.
Jeff Passan’s comment regarding amphetamines is ridiculous. Uppers keep you going during a game when you may otherwise have been winded. Steroids keep you going strong all the time and, unlike amphetamines, there is no crash after using for a game or 3. A common misperception is that steroids make you stronger and thus able to hit many more homers. This is just not true. What they do is keep you at peak level and beyond so that a 35 year old man can hit more home runs from age 35 to 40 than he did in his prime… Bonds. Steroids can help to keep you healthy and fit for a long season year after year. It is a long term fix and not a single game boost. It is cheating, period!