Anabolic agent use in adults with cystic fibrosis

Paediatr Respir Rev. 2015 Oct;16 Suppl 1:28-30. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2015.07.014. Epub 2015 Sep 26.


The use of non-prescribed anabolic agents amongst non-athletes is increasing with young, adult males with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the highest risk demographic. There is evidence that anabolic agents increase weight and muscle mass in adults with a variety of catabolic conditions but there is no evidence for their use in hormone sufficient adults with CF. We report a case of anabolic agent use in a male adult with CF and review the clinical features of anabolic agent use with a focus on adults with CF.

Keywords: Androgenic anabolic steroids; Cystic fibrosis; Growth hormone; Muscle mass; Testosterone.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anabolic Agents / adverse effects
  • Anabolic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Body Weight / drug effects*
  • Cystic Fibrosis / complications
  • Cystic Fibrosis / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male


  • Anabolic Agents