Often, this is why many bodybuilders and athletes stack a number of different brands of steroids at once. By using multiple brands of steroids at the same time, athletes can use lesser dosages of each brand and as a result they can prevent receptor downgrading and harmful side effects.
The other important consideration when using steroids is the cycle. This is the period of time that the athlete takes a steroid. Most cycles usually last for about eight to twelve weeks and then the bodybuilder begins an off-cycle for typically around six months.
Cycling in this pattern allows athletes to take relatively high dosages of steroids securely and then end the drug use before any harm to the body is done.