Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.
Dr Raghunatha Reddy Organizing chairman mentioned “Another alarming consequence of such abuse is the emergence of resistance to commonly used antibiotics and antifungals rendering the treatment of infections more difficult and more expensive”. As required by law in India; strong steroids can be sold only with a registered medical practitioner’s prescription. However, topical steroids are exempt and can be purchased over the counter, which needs urgent revision. Another problem that leads to the inappropriate use of topical steroids is that too few specialist dermatologists are available.