F55.5: Abuse of non-dependence-producing substances: Steroids or hormones

You want certain drugs that contain messenger substances very badly. You are damaging your health as a result.

You are taking certain drugs that contain messenger substances. You do not have to take them, however. Maybe you were prescribed these drugs to begin with. Now you do not actually need the drugs any more. But you are taking the messenger substances nevertheless. Physical harm can be caused by taking them. When an attempt is made to dissuade someone from taking the drugs, the advice is usually rejected.

Additional indicator

On medical documents, the ICD code is often appended by letters that indicate the diagnostic certainty or the affected side of the body.

  • G: Confirmed diagnosis
  • V: Tentative diagnosis
  • Z: Condition after
  • A: Excluded diagnosis
  • L: Left
  • R: Right
  • B: Both sides

Further information


This information is not intended for self-diagnosis and does not replace professional medical advice from a doctor. If you find an ICD code on a personal medical document, please also note the additional indicator used for diagnostic confidence.
Your doctor will assist you with any health-related questions and explain the ICD diagnosis code to you in a direct consultation if necessary.


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