Nubain is neither a steroid nor a steroidal substance. Nubain is in this drug profiles section because of its common use in sports, specifically bodybuilding and power lifting, as a very potent pain killer. According to the May 2000 issue of MuscleMag International, 6 of the top 10 Mr. Olympia contenders use Nubain on a regular basis. Being part of the Opiate family, Nubain is closely related to drugs like heroin and morphine and therefore can be very addictive. Most users report virtually no pain during or after working out when using between 5 - 10 mg a day. It can be taken subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or intravenously.
Common side effects are sweaty or clammy skin, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, dry bitter tasting mouth, difficult speaking, nervousness, headaches, depression, numbness, itching, blurred vision, high and low blood pressure, and heat flashes. Remember, this is a narcotic and should be used very cautiously.