Module 2: Basic Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs and Substances

Lesson 1

Anabolic steroids РPharmacodynamics/mechanism of action

At prescribed doses, anabolic steroids produce muscle development, physical vigor, and a feeling of well-being. Synthetic anabolic steroids are designed to mimic the body-building properties of testosterone. These drugs increase lean muscle mass by increasing protein within muscle cells, strength, and endurance. No scientific studies, however, support their performance-enhancing effects. (Canadian Pharmacists Association, 2014).


  • Canadian Pharmacists Association. (2014). E-Therapeutics. Ottawa: Author.