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Selective Androgen Receptor modulators, also known as the more common term SARMs, are becoming the next biggest thing in the athletic and bodybuilding world. 

Many people have heard of the supplement SARMs, but people may not be aware of all the factors that play into the drug. 

In this article, you will learn about SARMs, typical side effects, different types of SARMS, and the commonalities of SARMs and Steroids.

What Are SARMs?

The drug SARMs was initially formulated to help people with several different medical issues surrounding medical problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, Osteopenia, prostatic enlargement, and much more. The number one reason why SARMs came about is to treat prostate cancer. More commonly, SARMs are used for muscle growth and performance enhancement. 

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Steroids are a lot more fast-paced and harmful to one’s body. Whereas SARMs will let your body know when to control muscle cells before it becomes dangerous. In other words, SARMs are similar to anabolic steroids, but SARMs will focus more on a natural way of the body building more testosterone.

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SARMs are “safe” than steroids in two ways; the first is they focus on specific tissues like muscle and bone rather than every other organ in the body. The second reason is that don’t cause your body to go through a million different side effects.  

Common Side Effects of SARMs

Unfortunately, SARMs have only been around for the past twenty years and don’t have much research about side effects. Although, we do know a few of the more common ones users have experienced when consuming SARMs. 

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Here are a few of the short-term and long-term side effects that have been taken into account by SARMs users. 


Like any other drug or steroid, liver damage may become a long-term side effect of consumption. In some cases, people have developed liver injury due to taking SARMs. Although this is rare, it is still a side effect to be aware of.


A short-term effect that most users have experienced is an unpleasant appearance of acne. When consuming SARMs, the body produces testosterone rapidly, which in many cases will cause an acne outbreak.

Mood Swings 

Unlike Steroids that contain a lot of DHT and mess with one’s hormones, SARMs don’t include any DHT but may still cause short-term mood swings. When taking any drug prescribed, it is essential to understand that your hormone levels may be heightened. Mood swings are a side effect to be aware of when consuming SARMs. 

Sexual Health

When consuming SARMs, your body may alter similar heightened hormone increases that are similar to most steroids. As a result, your sperm count may die down, and your desire to be sexually active may be a loss of interest. 

As stated before, SARMs do not contain enough research to confirm any side effects listed above. Most SARMs are being sold as black-market products. Doctors disapprove of SARMs unless they are prescribed for medical-related issues.

Hair Loss

Hair loss is one of the less common side effects that SARMs users have experienced. This doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. Anyone consuming too much of a drug may experience rapid hair loss if taken incorrectly.  

Different Types of SARMs 

When it comes to getting your hands on SARMs, there are several different options. 

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Some of the most popular SARMs include MK-2866 or GTx-024 (Ostarine), LGD-4033 (Ligandrol), LGD-3303, GSX-007 or S-4 (Andarine), and GW-501516 (Cardarine).

Again, SARMs have not been FDA approved or provided much research about them. It is essential to understand what you are taking into your body and the various side effects. 

SARMs Vs. Steroids

SARMs and Steroids are similar in the way in which they are used to grow muscle rapidly and enhance performance.

Steroids can target various advancements, but that doesn’t always mean it is safe. SARMS are more focused on a handful of things and are believed to be safer than steroids.

What are Steroids?

Steroids are drugs that are used to promote muscle growth and enhanced performance. Steroids are an easy way of “bulking” into the size you want to achieve in a short amount of time. 

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While all of this sounds wonderful, there are a lot of downsides to taking steroids. Steroids cause a large number of side effects in men and women. More importantly, these side effects could develop into long-term results. Steroids contain large amounts of DHT, which is what gives men masculine features inside and out. Too much DHT may cause one to experience hair loss. 

Viewers should know that steroids are illegal and should only be used if instructed or prescribed by a doctor. If you consume steroids outside of a medical physician, you should fully understand what you are getting into. 

What is Safer? 

There is no way to tell if SARMs or Steroids are safer. Both of these muscle enhancements are never going to be deemed safe. 

With our minimal research about SARMs, we can say more confidently that SARMs would be deemed the safer drug. SARMs don’t target unwanted variables in the body as opposed to steroids. SARMs also cause fewer side effects, given the research we have for now. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Are SARMs illegal?

Yes and no. SARMs are deemed legal if prescribed by a medical physician.

Are SARMs addictive?

Like any drug SARMs may be addictive to users. Although, no research has proven that SARMs are addictive. 


Selective Androgen Receptor modulator (SARMs) is the next most significant safe drug for athletes and bodybuilders. 

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Given the minimal information we have about SARMs, nothing will be 100% when it comes to side effects or long-term progress. 

With the information we have, when we compare steroids to SARMs, we can gather more pros from SARMs than we can from steroids.

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After several near-death surgeries and a heart attack at 29, I decided to get serious about my health and went from 278lbs to 181lbs in only six months. How? I built an entire team, including a personal trainer, nutritionist, psychologist, physical therapist, and sports masseuse. Having the same team as Hollywood stars allowed me to reach my goals fast and produce insane results.

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