Charlie Sheen Blames 'Tiger Blood' Rants On Roid Rage

By McCarton Ackerman 01/16/17

The actor opened up about steroid creams, suicidal ideation and his current health status in a recent interview. 

Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen revealed that his spectacular 2011 meltdown, complete with rants about “tiger blood” and “winning,” was the result of roid rage.

In a recent interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America, the actor explained that he was using testosterone cream in a bid to “keep the old libido up,” but was going above the recommended amounts. Sheen explained that “it metabolizes into basically a roid rage” and led to his out-of-control moments that were memorably caught on camera.

"The whole odyssey, that was basically an accidental roid rage. But there's some good quotes that came out of it, right?” he joked. “There's a few fun moments. So bizarre. It's so bizarre."

But while he is no longer misusing the testosterone cream, Sheen admitted that his actions couldn’t entirely be blamed on the product. "I think, ultimately, in our blueprint, in our DNA, I believe that we are the sum total of all of our experiences, good and bad. But they don't lead the charge," he said. "It's fun to kind of watch sometimes, but also just a little bit cringeable. It's like, 'Dude, what the hell was that?'"

Looking better than he has in years, Sheen also provided an update on his health and said he is now part of an FDA study for a new HIV treatment. He admitted that “the day I was diagnosed, I immediately wanted to eat a bullet,” but said he now considers himself an advocate and that he feels like “I’m carrying the torch for a lot of folks out there that are suffering from the same thing.”

It’s a far cry from 12 months ago, when he shockingly revealed on an episode of The Dr. Oz Show that he had stopped taking traditional HIV medications in favor of alternative therapies in Mexico. Sheen hired Dr. Sam Chachoua, a physician not licensed to practice medicine in the United States, but admitted he was quickly seeing negative consequences from the move.

He was informed right before taping that he had detectable traces of HIV in his blood, a stark contrast from when he announced that he was undetectable just two months earlier. Sheen concluded the interview by telling Dr. Oz he would immediately begin resuming his normal treatments.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.