What is Nandrolone?
Nandrolone is an illegal anabolic androgenic steroid that is produced naturally by the body in minuscule amounts. It is a low androgenic steroid with a high anabolic effect.
What are the common names or slang terms for Nandrolone?
Nandrolone is sold illegally under the commercial names Deca-Durabolin (“Deca”) and Durabolin. Deca-Durabolin is one of the most common illegally used injectable steroids.
What are its short and long-term effects on the body?
Although anabolic androgenic steroids like Nandrolone may increase lean muscle mass, strength, and the ability to train longer and harder, the serious side effects of steroids are many and may not be reversible. The minor side effects of steroid use include acne, oily skin, excess hair growth, and deepening of the voice. The major side effects of steroid use include an increased risk of cancer, increased risk of heart and liver disease, jaundice, fluid retention, reduction in HDL-C (“good cholesterol”), high blood pressure, changes in blood coagulation, increased risk of atherosclerosis, swelling of the soft tissues of the extremities (edema), and obstructive sleep apnea.
Side effects specific to men can include testicular atrophy or the shrinking of the testicles, reduced sperm count, infertility, baldness, and the development of breasts. For women, side effects can include enlargement of the clitoris, changes in the body contour growth of facial hair, disruption of the menstrual cycle, deepened voice and infertility.
An increase in androgenic (male) hormones from steroid use may also lead to aggressive behavior. Research also indicates that steroid users often suffer from paranoid jealousy, extreme irritability, delusions, and impaired judgment stemming from feelings of invincibility.
Adolescents who abuse steroids like Nandrolone are at a significant risk of suffering irreversible side effects, including stunted growth, accelerated puberty changes and abnormal sexual development. Adolescent girls in particular may suffer from severe acne, excessive body and facial hair, deepened voice, permanent enlargement of the clitoris, disruption of the menstrual cycle, and permanent infertility.
What is its federal classification?
Nandrolone is included in Schedule III of the Code of Federal Regulations' Schedule of Controlled Substances.