Topics - Steroids

Steroids Steroids are a class of legally available drugs obtainable only by prescription and used to treat conditions of low amounts of testosterone, that may be caused by delayed puberty or by certain types of impotence. Anabolic and androgenic steroids are synthetic substances chemically related to the male sex hormones. Anabolic steroids are muscle-building substances, whereas androgenic steroids increase the masculine characteristics of an individual. They are also used to treat body wasting in patients with AIDS and other diseases that result in reduced muscle mass. The unnecessary use of anabolic steroids can lead to serious irreversible health problems. The effects of anabolic steroid abuse include liver tumors, fluid retention, high blood pressure and increases in LDL and decreases in HDL. Other effects include kidney tumors, severe acne, and tremulous. The steroid hormones have been separated by liquid chromatography using a silica gel column, 25 cm long, 4.6 mm I.D. packed with particles 5 micron in diameter. The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of 76%v/v n-hexane and 24%v/v 2-propyl alcohol and was used at a flow rate of 1 ml/min