Steroids – An FDA advisory

In addition to drug testing and wellness screening services for employers, Quest Diagnostics also offers a variety of panels that test for steroids and other performance-enhancing substances. With this in mind, a recent notice from the FDA caught our attention and we wanted to pass along some important information.

While it is common to think of steroids as injectable solutions, some body building products marketed as “dietary supplements” are also known to contain steroids or steroid-like substances. For more information on the FDA Consumer Advisory click here.

A growing number of public safety and security-centric companies are beginning to test their employees for steroids and other harmful controlled substances. Steroid use can cause the following symptoms: yellowing of the skin, acne, gynecomastia, fluid accumulation, and psychological disorders such as aggression. Dangers of steroid use include liver dysfunction, adverse changes in blood lipid levels and increased risk for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension and stroke, and infertility.

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