Charlie Sheen will probably spend the rest of his life trying to explain his public meltdown in 2011 after a night of drugs, porn stars, and rage landed him in the hospital. In interviews about that infamous night and other personal and professional troubles, Mr. Sheen has claimed he is a “warlock” with “tiger’s blood” and a “total bitchin’ rock star from Mars” whose brain “fires in a way that’s maybe not from this terrestrial realm.” But in a recent interview, Mr. Sheen claimed to know the real reason behind his psychotic behavior: testosterone cream.
“Were you under the influence of anything at the time?” Katie Couric asked Mr. Sheen on her daytime talk show, Katie.
“I think I was doing too much testosterone cream,” Mr. Sheen replied, evoking puzzled looks from the audience.
“I think it metabolized into … it becomes a steroid. It was a bit of a ‘roid rage,” he added.
“Yeah, that’s the only thing I can point to, to explain it.”
Synthetic testosterone drugs can be blamed for a number of side effects, but steroid-induced rage and crazy behavior aren’t among them, at least as far as doctors on earth are aware. However, drugs such as Androgel, Testim, and Axiron do have a number of documented side effects ranging from mild skin irritations to more severe complications, including increased risk of prostate cancer, sleep apnea, blood clots, low sperm count, swelling of ankles, and enlarged breasts.
But even women and children can suffer the effects of testosterone drugs through secondary exposure to the topical gels, which are usually applied to the user’s upper arms, shoulders, and, in the case of Axiron, the underarms. Contact with the user’s skin or clothing could lead to unexpected, premature sexual development in children, in addition to enlargement of the genitals, increased erections, advanced bone age, and aggressive behavior. Women exposed to the drug may experience changes in hair distribution, acne breakouts, moodiness, and other symptoms.
Topical testosterone drugs are soaring in popularity, with sales expected to triple within the next four years. While many men with extremely low testosterone levels have a legitimate need for the testosterone supplements, many others covet it as a recreational or “fountain of youth” product that can restore muscle mass, energy, strength, and sex drive.