Steroids BLOG

The thought of performance-enhancing drugs conjure up images of anabolic steroids, EPO, and testosterone thanks to Lance Armstrong's almost unforgivable doping scandal that dragged cycling into a roomful of suspicions. But apart from getting that bulky physique and long-lasting endurance, performance-enhancing drugs might also mean drugs that help people perk up for their jobs and daily activities. Granted this may be the case, Cracked.com listed several drugs that could improve useful activities. Here are some of them:

Stimulants

Perhaps, the most affordable and widely used of them all is coffee and soda like Coke. In the last couple of years, a slew of energy drinks laced with high amounts of caffeine invaded store shelves, which a growing number of teens are using to keep up with the exams week -- or sometimes to rev up their partying. People who are often seen downing caffeinated beverages and other forms of stimulants include truck drivers, fighter pilots, soldiers, shift workers, and journalists.

Beta Blockers

These are drugs used to treat angina, heart failure, migraines, high blood pressure, anxiety, and tremors. But they are also used off-label by people whose jobs require calm nerves and steady hands, such as musicians, actors, surgeons, or pool players. In one study, a group of ophthalmology residents was given propanolol or placebo one hour prior performing complex and delicate eye surgery. Those who took propranolol were found to have decreased surgical tremors and anxiety, though the research couldn't say whether or not it helped with how well the surgery went. In the case of sports, the World Anti-Doping Agency has banned the use of beta blockers for a professional competition like archery, billiards, golf, shooting, and other sports because of the drugs' ability to reduce tremors and improve hand/arm steadiness.

Painkillers

Needless to say, painkillers have become a popular drug of abuse among adults and teenagers alike. People who were prescribed these drugs to treat chronic pain following an accident are most likely to abuse their medications in order to perform their daily tasks. Soldiers use them, too as a way of coping with the bruises, blisters and other pains they experience in combat operations. Military veterans have a troubling rate of substance abuse, in part because of painkillers.


Anti-Nausea Drugs

These are popular for workers on boats or cruise ships, as well as scuba divers and astronauts. As the name suggests, they help professionals not to get nauseated or vomit once they're on the job.