Injectable steroids are injected into muscle tissue, not into the veins. They are slowly released from the muscles into the rest of the body, and may be detectable for months after last use. Injectable steroids can be oil-based or water-based. Injectable anabolic steroids which are oil-based have longer half-life than water-based steroids. Both steroid types have much longer half-lives than oral anabolic steroids. And this is proving to be a drawback for injectables as they have high probability of being detected in drug screening since their clearance times tend to be longer than orals. Athletes resolve this problem by using injectable testosterone early in the cycle then switch to orals when approaching the end of the cycle and drug testing is imminent.
Each user experiences their own unique feelings when using steroids and coming off the drug. When someone chooses to stop using they can experience a variety of withdrawal symptoms linked to addiction. Symptoms can include mood swings, fatigue, restlessness, loss of appetite, insomnia, reduced sex drive, the desire to take more steroids, and depression. Evidence for steroid addiction is certainly not as strong as it is for other drugs like cocaine or heroin. Though it is clear that people develop a tolerance and dependence on them and willingly experience negative consequences when using steroids - both of which are signs for drug dependence.
The most obvious benefit that injectable steroids have over their oral cousins is that they are not hepatotoxic. Injectable steroids are safer on the liver and the user does not risk hepatic injury because injectable compounds don’t require specific chemical alterations which allow them to survive passing through the liver without being broken almost entirely down. It’s also worth consider that injectable steroids have a much longer half-life due to the ester attached to the hormone. To get the maximum benefit from oral steroids, most must be administered daily, or sometimes they are spread out throughout the day. The ester present in injectable steroids allows a much more infrequent administration and don’t need to be administered daily. More information about Esters