Androstenedione Essay by CalDR

An examination of the chemical makeup of the drug androstenedione and a discussion of the pros and cons of its use.
# 29546 | 1,537 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Aug 04, 2003 in Chemistry (Biochemistry) , Medical and Health (Drugs)

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This paper looks at the muscle building synthetic hormone called androstenedione or androstenediol, also nicknamed "andro" which became the first in a list of performance-enhancing substances called pro-hormones. It is called a pro-hormone because it is a precursor to testosterone and metabolizes directly into testosterone and is commonly used by athletes. It analyzes the so called beneficial effects which make "andro" attractive to males of different persuasions with (mostly) cosmetic, non life threatening problems and how research has shown that the negative effects far outweigh the potential benefits. It looks at how aggressive behavior, mood swings and bad moods are commonly reported side effects of androstenedione as well as hair loss, blurred vision, acne, enlarged breasts, shrunken testicles and rarely, liver cancer.

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