Illegal Steroids in the UK And Why You Should Avoid Them

Steroids are not like your regular medication. Since they are highly potent with a high potential of severe side-effects, abusing such steroids can lead to big problems and even death. Because of such dangerous nature of steroids, they are illegal in many parts of the world.

In the UK, almost all anabolic steroids and some other steroids like Corticosteroids are classified as control substances. Anabolic steroids are classified as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 of the UK. Under this class, the possession of such substance is not a criminal offense, however, production, supply, and import are.

Steroids have been around for a very long time. We have discovered their benefits and side-effects both the hard way. Steroids are chemical compounds that can be used to treat certain medical conditions, improve body performance, and enhance muscles. There are different types of steroids, and the most popular among athletes and bodybuilders are anabolic steroids.

Other stronger drugs like amphetamines and methamphetamines are classified as Class B and Class A respectively. These are completely illegal in the UK and may get you in serious legal trouble. Not to mention all the grave health hazards they bring with them. Just for possessing a Class A drug, you could go to prison for up to 7 years.

Other stronger drugs like amphetamines and methamphetamines are classified as Class B and Class A respectively. These are completely illegal in the UK and may get you in serious legal trouble. Not to mention all the grave health hazards they bring with them. Just for possessing a Class A drug, you could go to prison for up to 7 years.

Nevertheless, steroids are still available, and bodybuilders still use them despite the side-effects.

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Here is a list of the 9 most popular illegal steroids in the UK, what they do, and why you should never use them:


Anadrol is an incredibly potent anabolic steroid that is also infamous for being very toxic to the liver. It also goes by the generic name Oxymetholone. The basic function of Anadrol like most other anabolic steroids is to increase the count of red blood cells. However, Anadrol is exceptionally great at that. The increase in red blood cells generation leads to greater protein synthesis and muscle enhancement.

Anadrol is also used for medicinal purposes, but for bodybuilders, the primary goal is to pump up their muscles. Obviously, that comes at a cost often too big. Anadrol is known to be highly toxic to the liver. Over-dosing and abusing this drug would lead to liver problems. Other possible side-effects include high blood pressure, bloating, and gynecomastia.

Methandrostenolonedbol pills

The more common name for Methandrostenolone is Dianabol or Dbol. Dianabol is similar to Anadrol and is a strong anabolic steroid. The main benefits of this steroid are muscle growth and strength. Its anabolic effects are much stronger than its androgenic effects. Dbol gives you instant pump for your workouts as you can work out harder after using it.

Dianabol targets muscles by retaining nitrogen and increasing protein synthesis. It also improves metabolism which accelerates muscle growth. While it has its benefits, there are proven side-effects as well. Anxiety is a common side-effect of this steroid. In the long run, you may be susceptible to cardiovascular problems because of increased body weight.

Even though Dianabol is technically illegal, you can still buy it online. That does not mean you should because despite its apparent benefits the health risk is too high.


Oxandrolone is a drug that is prescribed to patients who have lost considerable body weight due to medical conditions. However, this weight gain benefit caught the attention of bodybuilders and Oxandrolone became available to them under the name Anavar.

Anavar or Oxandrolone is an anabolic androgenic steroid that was legal for a very long time until its abuse became common among bodybuilders. It does work and is believed to be three times stronger than testosterone. It will improve your performance at the gym as your muscles will recover faster.

Anavar is not aromatizing, so women bodybuilders take it as well. However, there is still a chance of them developing male characteristics. There are potential side-effects of this drug too. If you are someone with liver problems, you should avoid it at any cost. Men may also experience hair loss problems and acne on their face and shoulders.  


You probably have not heard of this steroid by its technical name Stanozolol but by its other name which is Winstrol. As a drug, it is mainly used for treating inflammation. However, bodybuilders and athletes have been using it to enhance muscle growth.

Winstrol is one of the very few anabolic androgenic steroids that do not have estrogenic effects. It does not retain water and does not have effects like gynecomastia. That said it has side-effects that can potentially become life-threatening in the long run.

Stanozolol or Winstrol can give you cardiovascular and genitourinary problems in the long run. This steroid is illegal in many countries for this very reason. It is available both in oral and injectable form. The latter works very slowly and maybe even riskier.


Trenbolone is perhaps the most commonly used pre-workout steroid. It is an energy booster that pumps up your muscles and carries more oxygen to the tissues. As a result, your strength increases and you are able to lift heavier weight for longer durations.

There is no questioning the effects of Trenbolone. Those who have used it found it to be highly effective in giving them lean and cut muscles quickly. However, these results do not come without any health risks. There is a reason why it is a controlled substance in the UK.

Trenbolone mostly has the side-effects that are common for virtually all anabolic steroids. You can experience acne as long as you take it. Also, its effects are known to not last as long. You lose muscle mass on stopping the intake. Women should definitely avoid this steroid as it has terrible virilization effects (development of male characteristics like a deep voice and hair growth).



Testosterone is central to muscle growth. It is produced naturally in men and women both. This natural production is perhaps not enough to give you those big guns. Therefore, a lot of bodybuilders and athletes resort to taking testosterone esters to improve production of this hormone. This way their muscles improve and so does their performance.

The problem with this scenario is that it often creates a hormonal imbalance in the body. In men, the higher level of testosterone suppresses endogenous hormones which can alter your endocrine organs over time. Another common problem faced by men is the loss of sexual functionality. Loss of libido and erectile dysfunction is a common side-effect. 

In women, an increase in testosterone may give hard muscles but at the cost of androgenic properties. They may experience unnecessary hair growth, deepening of the voice, and clitoral hypertrophy.

Human Growth Hormone

Human Growth HormoneHuman Growth Hormone or HGH is produced naturally in our body and is responsible for growth as its name indicates. It produces and regenerates cells and is produced by the pituitary gland. Now, there are steroids that stimulate the production of HGH in our body in order to enhance the growth of muscle tissues.

It has become increasingly popular for a variety of reasons lately. First of all, its effects are very apparent and quick. Also, there is a belief that this drug goes undetected in steroid detection tests. However, HGH may cause muscle and joint pain, high cholesterol, and even increase the risk of diabetes and heart diseases.


Corticosteroids come in many other brand names. Bodybuilders would recognize it from the name Decadron or simply Deca. This is used medically to treat inflammation caused by arthritis. Corticosteroids are a different class than anabolic steroids. They are used for their recovery properties. They work like cortisol which the adrenal glands produce. The purpose is to improve the immune system and protect from inflammation.

Bodybuilders also take it for muscle gain as one of its short-term effects is weight gain. Nevertheless, there are negative side-effects too. These include nausea, puffiness, mood swings, and sleep problems. In the worst case scenario, you might be prone to catching infections.


Amphetamine is not a steroid but a stimulant drug that is downright trouble. Amphetamines classify as Class B drugs in the UK and even possession of such a drug can send you to prison. It basically stimulates the nervous system and increases the heart rate. It is very easy to get addicted to this drug while the side-effects are very acute.

There are many side-effects including some that are life-threatening like stroke, insomnia, hallucinations, and heart attack. Besides these grave risks, you may also face high blood pressure, tremors, weight loss, and dehydration. This is something you want to stay away from at all costs. It is just a stimulant and if you take it to enhance your performance you will keep taking more of it until you cannot live without it.

Stimulants are not really popular among bodybuilders; however, athletes have been taking them. There are varying degrees of stimulants, but amphetamines are one of the strongest. It is illegal almost everywhere for recreational purposes.


Steroids may seem like a good option to bulk up your muscles and get a fit physique quickly but at what price? You do not want to put your body and health in jeopardy just for some quick gains. These are illegal steroids that can get you in trouble with the law too besides ruining your health.

What many people do not realize is that there are safer alternatives as well. Science has come a long way to produce supplements that mimic the effects of some of these steroids. If you really must take something in addition to working out and controlling your diet, then go for something that does not compromise your health and take your life.