Anabolic and androgenic steroids are available as prescription medications to be used in cases in which the body does not make enough hormone and supplementation may be required. Some hormone supplements in this pathway include growth hormone and testosterone itself. These medications are legally prescribed by health-care providers, but this group of drugs is often used illegally and abused to help increase athletic performance and improve body appearance. When used in a well-nourished body, anabolic steroids will cause weight gain primarily due to an increase in muscle mass.
Anadrol has been shown medically to have a low rate of virilization at doses considerably higher than needed for non-extreme female bodybuilding or strength training. A total dosage of 25 mg/day is only half of the minimum medical dose ever routinely used, but is remarkably effective for muscle anabolism in women. Even mg/day can be quite effective. As with any female use of oral anabolic steroids , divided doses across the day are probably safer than single-dose use for given total dosage per day, as peak levels will not be as high.