Use of any performance enhancing drugs (PED) may cause serious health problems and adverse side effects because:
- Some of PEDs are intended for therapeutic purposes and they should only be prescribed by physicians only. It will pose serious health risks if athletes use these substances when it is not medically necessary.
- Prolonged use of drugs or taking a combination of drugs may cause permanent damage to the body.
- Some PEDs can create both physical and psychological dependence. Withdrawal symptoms may occur when the drug is discontinued.