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Anabolic steroids and epilepsy

10/27/2008

Question:

Can u take anabolic steroids if u have epilepsy? My neurosurgeon said I could, my neurologist also said I could, then said I couldn`t. I think he said that just because he don`t want me to take them. Can I or can`t I take them?

Answer:

Anabolic steroids have significant long term health effects. Specifically in epilepsy, anabolic steroids are not recommended because they can alter the metabolism of seizure medications.

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Response by:

David M Ficker, MD David M Ficker, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati