Effective January 20, 2005, the U.S. issued the Anabolic Steroid Control Act, an amendment to the Controlled Substances Act. This act defined and banned drugs or hormonal substances related to testosterone, including androstenedione and norandrostenedione (see expanded list below).

In releasing this amendment, the FDA sent warnings to dozens of U.S. manufacturers alerting them of this change and demanding production of these harmful supplements to stop.

One popular drug-maker, Muscletech did not receive this warning since they are not a U.S. company. But Muscletech has recently pulled two controversial supplements off the market because of their side effects. Anotesten containing androstenedione and Nortesten containing Norandrostenediol.

Androstenedione (andro), is manufactured as a dietary supplement which mimics a natural hormone that produces testosterone and estrogen. By taking this supplement or prohormone, body builders and athletes are able to produce more testosterone "naturally", building muscle mass and increasing strength.

Common side effects of these drugs may include acne, hair loss, aggressiveness, irritability, and facial hair growth (in women). With repeated or long-term use of these steroid-like supplements, increased levels of hormones can lead to liver disease, blood clots, the formation of breasts (in men), impotence, prostate enlargement or prostate cancer. Increased estrogen can increase the risk of several types of cancer. The affects on adolescents or children is even more frightening, often causing irreversible damage to sex hormones and reproductive organs.

Banned substances per the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004:

Androstanediol, androstanedione, androstenediol, androstenedione, bolasterone, boldenone, calusterone, clostebol, dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, 4-dihydrotestosterone, drostanolone, ethylestrenol, fluoxymesterone, formebolone, furazabol, 4-hydroxytestosterone, 4-hydroxy-19-nortestosterone, mestanolone, mesterolone, methandienone, methandriol, methenolone, methyltestosterone, mibolerone, nandrolone, norandrostenediol, norandrostenedione, norbolethone, norclostebol, norethandrolone, oxandrolone, oxymesterone, oxymetholone, stanozolol, stenbolone, testolactone, testosterone, tetrahydrogestrinone.

Dangerous Supplements In the News

The FDA warns manufacturers of athletic-performance enhancers and steroid-like supplements to stop production. According to a 2002 survey, 1 in 40 teenagers had taken Andro or Androstenedione supplements to enhance performance. (Mar-11-04) [FDA]

The FDA outlines extensive side effects associated with Androstenedione, the Androgenic and Estrogenic risks to men, women, and adolescents. (Mar-11-04) [FDA]

Two Canadian men charged with illegally trafficking counterfeit nutritional products manufactured and sold by Muscletech of Ontario, Canada. The two key officers of Muscletech admitted to arranging the sale of counterfeit supplements in the U.S., including popular products, Acetabolan II, Anotesten, Nortesten, Hydroxycut, and Cell Tech. The case was investigated by the FBI. (Jan-23-04) [U.S. Department of Justice]

Register your Muscletech Complaint

If you or a loved one has taken Anotesten or Nortesten from Muscletech and suffered negative side effects, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill in our form on the right to submit your complaint and we will have a lawyer review your Muscletech complaint.

Justice for Everyone
Last updated December 6 2005

Reader Comments

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what ever happened with the lawsuit? im still waiting.

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I had to have surgery from getting gyno. I was way to young for that crap, and had no idea what was in it.

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I ended up with a blood clot from taking this, I never knew there was a lawsuit. Almost killed me and I'm 10 percent disabled in my leg. I was to young to know what was going on.

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I have been diagnosed with high liver functions (Enzymes) that prevents me from getting affordable life insurance.

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