Testosterone precursors: use and abuse in pediatric athletes.

Title

Testosterone precursors: use and abuse in pediatric athletes.

Creator

Smurawa Troy M; Congeni Joseph A

Publisher

Pediatric Clinics of North America

Date

2007
2007-08

Description

The dietary supplements androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone, and androstenediol are precursors in the endogenous production of testosterone. The efficacy and safety of these prohormones are not well established but are promoted to have the same androgenic effects on building muscle mass and strength as anabolic-androgenic steroids. Studies have demonstrated repeatedly that acute and long-term administration of these oral testosterone precursors does not effectively increase serum testosterone levels and fails to produce any significant changes in lean body mass, muscle strength, or performance improvement compared with placebo. The Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004 lists androstenedione as a schedule III controlled substance, and it is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Testosterone precursors are banned by most major sports organizations.

Subject

*Androstenediols/adverse effects; *Androstenedione/adverse effects; *Dehydroepiandrosterone/adverse effects; *Doping in Sports; Child; Dietary Supplements; Humans; Substance Abuse Detection

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

787–796, xii

Issue

4

Volume

54

Citation

Smurawa Troy M; Congeni Joseph A, “Testosterone precursors: use and abuse in pediatric athletes.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 24, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/3763.

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