Use of the dietary
supplement and androgenic steroid hormone androstenedione1
presents a number of questions and challenges. Is it a supplement or a
drug? Should youngsters be allowed to use it? Should it be sold
over-the-counter? Does it work as advertised? Is it safe?
During the past year, the public was exposed to a barrage of drug
scandals in sports. These involved Olympic champions in track and
field, swimming, and snowboarding, as well as elite cyclists, a 3-time
winner of the Boston Marathon, and a professional tennis
player.2 However, of all the drug-related stories in 1998,
none received more media attention than home run record holder Mark
McGwire's admission that he used androstenedione as a
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