The new Warning will alert prescribers to the abuse potential of testosterone and the serious adverse outcomes, especially those related to heart and mental health that have been reported in association with testosterone/AAS abuse. In addition to the new Warning, all testosterone labeling has been revised to include information in the Abuse and Dependence section about adverse outcomes reported in association with abuse and dependence of testosterone/AAS, and information in the Warning and Precautions section advising prescribers of the importance of measuring serum testosterone concentration if abuse is suspected. Prescription testosterone products are FDA-approved as hormone replacement therapy for men who have low testosterone due to certain medical conditions. Examples of these conditions include failure of the testicles to produce testosterone because of genetic problems, or damage to the testicles from chemotherapy or infection.
Even though anabolic steroids do not cause the same high as other drugs, they can lead to addiction. Studies have shown that animals will self-administer steroids when they have the chance, just as they do with other addictive drugs. People may continue to abuse steroids despite physical problems, high costs to buy the drugs, and negative effects on their relationships. These behaviors reflect steroids' addictive potential. Research has further found that some steroid users turn to other drugs, such as opioids, to reduce sleep problems and irritability caused by steroids.
Lastly, it is important to understand that these values are not the end-all-be-all in determining the capabilities of an anabolic steroid. But they should be the first place to start when reading and researching different compounds. The figures discovered using the Hershberger Assay provides us a general and reasonable idea of the anabolic and androgenic qualities of a given anabolic steroid. Within science and medicine, these are the very first initial tests that are conducted when a new anabolic steroid is discovered or developed in order to determine whether or not further testing and research into a particular anabolic steroid is worth the time and effort or not. If the Hershberger Assay of a given anabolic steroid provides desirable anabolic and androgenic values, it would likely progress to the next stage of testing, and ultimately towards human clinical trials.