Q. I have Still's disease from 15 years. Can I take steroids for bodybuilding?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 11, 2017

Hello doctor,

I am suffering from Still’s disease from the past 15 years, and I was 13 years old at that time. Now I am 28 years old, and I have no problems from the disease since the past seven years. The treatment was with Methotrexate and Medrol (Methylprednisolone). From the past seven years, I do not take any medication. I go to the gym every day, but I do not see any difference. Can I use steroids like Oxandrolone (Anavar)? I want better and quicker results in the gym, but my concern is my disease. Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • If you take anabolic steroids, your Still's disease will not come back. The only concern while using steroids in your case would be that if you use them, and later stop in life, your Still's disease may relapse.
  • You may develop adult-onset Still's disease. So my best opinion for you would be to avoid steroids as far as possible. 

I hope it helps you. If you have any further query, please ask me.

For further queries consult a rheumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/rheumatologist

Hi doctor,

Thanks for the quick reply. What do you mean by stopping steroids later in life? If I would take them, then I will only use them for a month or two. I know that when you take steroids, you need to stop them slowly. Is there any concern in that way?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Yes, once you start steroids, your body becomes dependent on that. Still's disease is a disease of inflammation, and steroids reduce the inflammation drastically.
  • So, even if you gradually stop it later in life, there are changes of the disease precipitating again. The reason is, the use of steroid in the case of bodybuilding is a long-term use. But, short-term use is not harmful.

If you have any further query, please ask me.

For more information consult a rheumatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/rheumatologist

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