Sustanon 250 and Trenbolone Enanthate are two of the most powerful injectable steroids on the planet. When you combine these two together, you get amazingly rapid results. This is one of those blended compounds that you can take to get both quality lean size and strength. It is also not a “beginner” steroid
Deca Durabolin is an extremely popular anabolic steroid comprised of the steroidal hormone Nandrolone and is attached to the large Decanoate ester. The Nandrolone hormone first appeared in 1960 and developed for commercial use in 1962 by Organon under the trade name Deca Durabolin. Since that time numerous Nandrolone Decanoate versions have hit the market, but Deca Durabolin remains the most recognized. This was not the first Nandrolone compound ever created, that would belong to Organon’s Durabolin, which is specifically Nandrolone Phenylpropionate. The Phenylpropionate version is much faster acting with a less active duration, and while Phenylpropionate forms are popular, Deca Durabolin has largely dominated the Nandrolone marketplace.
Deca Durabolin is one of the most commonly used anabolic steroids among performance enhancing athletes. It is well known for being a tremendously beneficial off-season mass steroid, but it’s also a favorite in many athletic circles for its therapeutic benefits. Due to its tremendous therapeutic benefits, the Nandrolone hormone is one of the most beneficial anabolic steroids in medical practice. However, due to years of anabolic steroid controversy such use has been quite limited in the U.S. for many years. Outside the U.S. Deca Durabolin remains a bit more popular in therapeutic treatment plans that can cover a host of areas.
Deca Durabolin is officially classified as a 19-nortestosterone (19-nor) anabolic androgenic steroid. The 19-nor classification refers to its direct structural nature, which is the testosterone hormone lacking a carbon atom at the 19th position. While this is only a slight change in structure from the testosterone hormone, this slight change gives us a unique anabolic steroid. As a Nandrolone base, Deca Durabolin is attached to the large Decanoate ester, which controls the hormone’s releasing activity slowing it down tremendously. This allows the individual to make use of the Nandrolone hormone without the need for frequent injections. Once injected, as the Decanoate ester begins to detach there will be a sharp spike in Nandrolone released within the body during the first 24-48 hours. From this point, the hormone will continue to release into the body for approximately 2-3 weeks.
Deca Durabolin carries a relatively potent anabolic rating, slightly greater than testosterone. However, its total androgenic activity is much lower than testosterone, carrying an androgenic rating of only 37 compared to testosterone’s 100. The lessened androgenic activity of Deca Durabolin is due to the hormone’s ability to reduce to dihydronandrolone (DHN) rather than dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This makes Deca Durabolin a much milder steroid than testosterone, and one of the most well-tolerated anabolic steroids for healthy adult men. This tolerable nature is also evident by its low estrogenic activity. Deca Durabolin does aromatize, but only at approximately 20% the rate of testosterone. However, it does carry a strong progestin nature, and this will play into the side effects as we will see later on.
Like many anabolic steroids, Deca Durabolin has the ability to enhance protein synthesis, inhibit glucocorticoid hormones, and promote enhanced IGF-1 output. Like many anabolic steroids, Deca Durabolin also has the ability to increase nitrogen retention in the muscles, but it appears to have a stronger affect than many steroids in this regard. In fact, studies have shown that even low doses of Nandrolone can greatly enhance nitrogen retention. This is an important factor, as all muscle tissue is comprised of approximately 16% nitrogen. While that may sound like a small amount, the more we retain the more anabolic we remain. When nitrogen levels are not maintained, this can cause us to enter a catabolic (muscle wasting) state.
Deca Durabolin is also well known for carrying two traits that are extremely important and largely separate it from many anabolic steroids. Again, many other steroids will carry these traits, but Deca Durabolin does so to a higher level. The traits in question are increasing bone mineral content and enhancing collagen synthesis. Due to these traits, Deca Durabolin is well known for promoting joint relief, and for many athletes that’s the only reason they’ll use it. Due to these traits, as well as its ability to increase red blood cell count, we can begin to see what types of therapeutic advantages this steroid can hold.
Deca Durabolin has been well noted for being an excellent steroid for those suffering from muscle wasting diseases, for improving geriatric weakness and fatigue, as well as anemia. Deca Durabolin has also been used to treat certain forms of breast cancer, has been life changing for severe burn victims, and even has the ability to treat ulcers. It has also been shown effective for treating pituitary deficient dwarfism, as well as development retardation in children. While Deca Durabolin has proven beneficial in all these areas, it has truly shined is in its ability to treat osteoporosis. This isn’t surprising when we consider the bone mineral content and collagen synthesis improvements. However, in the U.S. the compound is only used to treat those suffering from HIV and anemia, but some physicians are beginning to recognize the potential for therapeutic rejuvenation plans. Undoubtedly, at a low dose this steroid could provide a positive anti-aging benefit.
While the therapeutic benefits of Deca Durabolin are easy to see simply by understanding its basic nature, what most are concerned with is off-label use. Deca Durabolin is a long standing favorite among performance enhancing athletes, and while it is tremendously beneficial it is often grossly misunderstood. The misunderstanding is that this is only a bulking steroid, and while that is a fantastic point of use it is far from the only one. In fact, some competitive bodybuilders will use Deca Durabolin during their cutting phase, and during such a phase there’s no bulking going on. However, in order to understand the effects of Deca Durabolin and the varying beneficial points of use, you must remove a flawed way of thinking held by many anabolic steroid users. This type of thinking assumes all steroid progress is based on the enhancement of lean muscle tissue; specifically building more lean muscle tissue. Undoubtedly, this is the primary purpose of anabolic steroid use, but it is not the only one. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the varying positive effects of Deca Durabolin.
As an off-season bulking steroid, Deca Durabolin will provide significant gains in lean mass, but the increase in muscle mass will come slowly. This is a large ester based steroid, and it will not be fast acting. However, the mass built with this steroid will often be higher quality mass than compared to many anabolic steroids. Water retention is possible, but it should be fairly easy to control. Most should also find their strength increases to a degree, but Deca Durabolin is not what we’d call one of the stronger strength increasing steroids. During this off-season phase, the individual will also enjoy the therapeutic relief this steroid provides, which will be more than welcomed when off-season periods of growth are normally accompanied by the heaviest periods of weight training. This individual should also be able to acquire this new growth with less body fat accumulation that would normally otherwise occur. The use of anabolic steroids is well noted for enhancing the metabolic rate. This is nothing unique to Deca Durabolin, and while it will not directly burn body fat it will aid in the maintenance of a proper level. As off-season mass gains require excess calories, consider the metabolic enhancement an added bonus.
Many athletes, ball players, fighters, and any athlete who could benefit from the therapeutic relief often supplement with Deca Durabolin. Such individuals commonly have no desire to build any new lean muscle mass, but the relief alone is invaluable. Further, such relief can be obtained by a very low dose. A slightly higher dose will provide relief, greatly enhance overall recovery, and enhance muscular endurance. When it comes to performance enhancement, most athletes will find this steroid is hard to beat. More importantly, the relief effects of Deca Durabolin are not masking or false; this anabolic steroid shares nothing in common with over the counter painkillers or prescription painkillers like opiates. Such painkillers only mask the pain, whereas Deca Durabolin can actually heal the body.
Then we’re left with the cutting phase, and some athletes and bodybuilders will use Deca Durabolin during this phase of steroid use. Such use will be similar to direct athletic enhancement. The individual will supplement with a rather low dose for the relief and muscular endurance it can provide. This can be very welcomed during hard diets, as a true hardcore bodybuilding cutting diet is brutal on the human body. As an added bonus, Deca Durabolin will greatly preserve the individual’s lean muscle mass that would otherwise be lost during a necessary caloric deficit. While this steroid will not provide hardening or conditioning effects like many steroids, it can serve a purpose is some cutting plans.
Deca Durabolin is one of the more side effect friendly anabolic steroids for men and can prove useful for women, but normally only in therapeutic level doses. However, side effects of Deca Durabolin most certainly exist, but as we will see they largely fall into the realm of possible rather than guaranteed. With responsible use, most men will be able to use this steroid without the first negative effect. In order to achieve this level of safe supplementation, your first step is to recognize the possible side effects of Deca Durabolin, as well as what you can do about them. For an ease of understanding, we have broken down the side effects into separate categories along with the related information you’ll need.
Sustanon 250 is a popular testosterone blend (mixture) and is without question the most popular and well known blend ever made. Manufactured by Organon, the idea behind Sustanon 250 was to provide the best of small (short) and large (long) ester testosterones in a single compound. This would allow the individual to maintain stable blood levels of the testosterone hormone with an infrequent injection schedule while simultaneously receiving fast acting benefits.
The limited injection frequency makes Sustanon 250 a perfect compound for the treatment of low testosterone. It allows the individual to maintain stable levels without the need for constantly pinning themselves with a needle, but this is truly the only advantage of this testosterone. Sustanon 250 will not provide any advantage over a single ester testosterone compound to a performance athlete. In a performance capacity we will find the individual will still be required to inject the hormone frequently if he is to maintain not only stable blood levels but peaked blood levels. Many often inaccurately assume Sustanon 250 is superior over single ester testosterone forms due to the fact that it carries four distinct testosterones in a single injection. As for the basic functioning traits of testosterone, they will be the same with Sustanon 250 as they are with all testosterone forms. They will be no more or less powerful or effective.
Sustanon 250 is a testosterone hormone. Although synthetic it is a perfect replica of the naturally produced primary male androgen testosterone. By the esters that are attached, this is what defines Sustanon 250 and differentiates it from other testosterone compounds. The compound carries a mixture of small and large esters in a precise dose. It is the precise dose of each of the four testosterone esters that make it. You could take four other testosterones and combine them in the same dosing strength but this would not make it Sustanon 250. This is important because there are underground labs that try to pass off other mixtures as Sustanon 250. The precise makeup of Organon’s product is as follows:
This total mixture gives us 250mg of testosterone per milliliter. Sustanon 250 will also be found in single dose ampules, not vials and each ampule will contain this 250mg concentration. One thing you may have noticed is that the composition of Sustanon 250 is very similar to Omnadren, a testosterone blend manufactured by Jelfa. The original Omnadren mixture was identical to Sustanon 250 with one exception. Omnadren originally carried 100mg of Testosterone Caproate instead of Testosterone Decanoate. However, modern Omnadren now carries the Decanoate ester making it identical to Sustanon 250.
As a testosterone hormone, Sustanon 250 is perfect for treating low testosterone. Testosterone is an essential hormone for men and women; however, men require approximately ten times that of women. The hormone is responsible for sexual development and maturation but it is also responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and function of several key areas of our lives. This is a hormone that plays a role on our physical, mental and sexual well-being, and when levels fall to low we can suffer in numerous ways in all of those areas. The symptoms and effects of low testosterone are not in any way what we’d call life threatening; however, they can tremendously suppress your overall quality of life. The condition is also extremely unhealthy and if left ignored can lead to or help promote conditions that are indeed life threatening. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms there’s a good chance you suffer from low testosterone and Sustanon 250 can easily remedy the problem:
By administering Sustanon 250 such symptoms will not only fade away they will fade away rapidly and bring about notable improvements in those areas of your life. Of course, this is assuming the symptoms are low testosterone related. More importantly, when we treat low testosterone we protect ourselves from the gateway issues that can arise when the problem is ignored.
Interestingly enough, while the use of exogenous testosterone may lead to moderate cholesterol issues, prolonged low testosterone has been linked to high cholesterol. If you suffer from low testosterone there really is no reason you should suffer when treatment is not only available but easily so with compounds like Sustanon 250.
Then we have performance enhancement, and it will be other functions and traits of the testosterone hormone that are of interest here. The performance athlete will notice improvements in every area of his life that the low testosterone patient benefited from. However, in this case he will be taking his testosterone levels to a much higher level. This high level will bring about enormous enhancements in five key areas that are associated with physical progress. And from these five traits, we will find we have a hormone that is one of the most versatile hormones at our disposal and perfect for nearly all male performance related goals. The specific traits of Sustanon 250 in this category include:
Enhanced Protein Synthesis: Protein synthesis refers to the rate by-which cells build proteins, the primary building block of muscle tissue. Protein synthesis is enhanced and in return so is this basic function in anabolism.
Enhanced Nitrogen Retention: All lean muscle tissue is comprised of approximately 16% nitrogen. When nitrogen levels fall this puts us at great risk in falling into a catabolic state. The more nitrogen we retain the greater our anabolic atmosphere will remain. As was with protein synthesis, this trait will prove very useful in bulking and cutting cycles as will all the basic high testosterone level promoted traits.
Increased Red Blood Cell Count: Red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to and through the blood. As blood oxygenation levels increase this increases the ability of the muscle to perform. This trait will play an imperative role in endurance and recovery.
Increased IGF-1 Output: Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) is a highly potent and powerful naturally produced peptide hormone with tremendous anabolic power. While highly anabolic it also plays an extremely important role on our body’s recovery process. This is a hormone that affects nearly every cell in the human body and with more available there is more to do what IGF-1 does best.
Inhibition of Glucocorticoid Hormones: Glucocorticoid hormones or stress hormones are in many ways the very opposite of anabolic steroids. These hormones destroy muscle tissue and promote fat storage; cortisol is the most well-known glucocorticoid. By using a compound like Sustanon 250 and achieving high testosterone levels, we ensure glucocorticoids while necessary to a degree to our health do not become dominant in the body.
The basic functions and traits of Sustanon 250 are fairly straightforward. There’s nothing magical about this hormone, nothing out of the ordinary but it is still a remarkable product. The testosterone hormone, while very simple to understand is dramatically powerful, beneficial and perhaps the most important hormone of all.
By now we should have a good understanding of the effects of Sustanon 250 simply by understanding its functions and traits. If you suffer from low testosterone and supplement with Sustanon 250 you will suffer no more; problem solved. Then we have performance enhancement, and we want to break down the effects of Sustanon 250 in a way that gives them a real life understanding.
During an off-season bulking cycle this is one of the best times to use Sustanon 250. High testosterone levels create the perfect atmosphere for muscle growth. Granted, the calories have to be there. If you’re not eating enough all the testosterone in the world wont’ help you grow. However, the combination of a well-planned diet and high testosterone levels will see tremendous advancements in lean tissue growth. Of equal importance, high testosterone levels will enhance your metabolic rate. Those who have higher testosterone levels will gain less body fat during their off-season than those who do not have higher testosterone levels. Make no mistake, you can still gain a lot of unwanted body fat if you’re not careful with your off-season nutrition, but high testosterone levels will give you the ability to make better use of this period in training.
While many understand high testosterone levels are beneficial when growing, many fail to understand how beneficial they can be when cutting. A cutting cycle is a perfect time to supplement with Sustanon 250. Due to its tremendously powerful anabolic nature this hormone will protect lean muscle tissue better than just about anything else. When we diet we must burn more calories than we consume and this puts our lean muscle tissue at risk. The body will take what it needs to meet its energy demands from wherever it can get it, and this is often out muscle tissue. The idea is to force the body to burn fat, not muscle and a well-planned diet can help but it can only go so far. At some point the body will go into survival mode and protect the stored body fat and tap into muscle stores for its energy needs unless there is an anabolic protectant such as what high testosterone levels can provide.
Protecting lean tissue is the primary benefit of high testosterone levels when cutting, but it’s not the only one. The use of Sustanon 250 will enable the individual to burn body fat at a more efficient rate due to the metabolic enhancement high levels will provide. It is, however, important to note that many will need to use less Sustanon 250 during their cutting phase compared to off-season phase due to estrogen sensitivity. This will make more sense once we dive into the side effects section. However, some often make the mistake of taking their testosterone levels too low during the cutting phase. Remember, it took high testosterone levels to build the mass you have and it will take similarly high levels to maintain it. You can cut the total dosing down during the cutting phase but you need to be smart about it and consider the inclusion of other anabolic steroids.
The effects of Sustanon 250 do not end with what we’ve discussed so far. High testosterone levels will greatly enhance muscular endurance. You will not tire out as fast when your testosterone levels are high. The use of Sustanon 250 will also dramatically improve your overall rate of recovery and this is invaluable. Recovery is where progress is made. Progress isn’t actually made in the gym when we train. When we train we are actually tearing down muscle tissue. It is the repair process that brings about progress. High testosterone levels will see this progress enhanced and undertaken in a more efficient and thorough manner. This makes high testosterone levels very beneficial to athletes as recovery and endurance are key components to athletic performance. As a bonus, Sustanon 250 will increase the individual’s strength, again a key component to athletic success.
For the healthy adult male, healthy excluding low testosterone, Sustanon 250 is an extremely well-tolerated anabolic steroid. There are possible side effects of Sustanon 250 use, but they are also largely controllable with proper use. We will find that certain side effects of Sustanon 250 are highly dependent on genetic predispositions, but overall safe supplementation is more than possible.
For the low testosterone patient, he will have the easiest time combating the side effects of Sustanon 250. In this case, while side effects are possible he is merely replacing the testosterone he’s lacking. Then we have the performance athlete and he will be taking his testosterone levels far above and beyond what could ever be naturally produced. Most men can tolerate high testosterone levels very well but there is generally a cutoff point. However, this cutoff point can vary greatly from one man to the next. Further, this individual will need to exercise more caution than the low testosterone patient and often take steps that a therapeutic setting may not require. In order to help you understand the possible side effects of Sustanon 250 we have broken them down into their separate categories along with all the information you’ll need.
The side effects of Sustanon 250 will most commonly include those of an estrogenic nature. The testosterone hormone is highly susceptible to the aromatase enzyme, which is responsible for the conversion of testosterone to estrogen. As estrogen levels rise, this can lead to and promote three common side effects associated with anabolic steroid use. The primary estrogenic side effects of Sustanon 250 include gynecomastia and excess water retention. If excess water retention becomes severe this can have a profound negative effect on blood pressure. Severe water retention is the leading cause of high blood pressure with anabolic steroid use. It is also very controllable.
In order to combat the estrogenic side effects of Sustanon 250 an anti-estrogen medication is often recommended. You have two choices in anti-estrogen medications, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) or Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s). AI’s will be the most effective as they will directly inhibit the aromatase process and reduce total serum estrogen levels. SERM’s will not inhibit aromatization or lower estrogen levels, but they will bind to the receptors thereby preventing estrogenic action. SERM’s can be very useful in combating gynecomastia, but they are often not enough to prevent water retention in some men. Unfortunately, AI’s can also have a negative effect on cholesterol that appears to be greatly exasperated when combined with the use of exogenous testosterone. SERM’s will have no negative effect on cholesterol. In fact, they may promote healthy cholesterol levels due to their estrogen like activity in the liver. If you can get the job done with a SERM it should always be your first choice.
An important note on water retention, and this is very important regarding off-season use of Sustanon 250. An overabundance in calories, especially carbohydrates will promote water retention. Excess calories are needed for growth but often not near the levels most assume. A moderate increase above maintenance caloric consumption is often all that’s needed. However, many will eat so much that they will inevitably hold a lot of water and this water retention may become worse with the inclusion of exogenous testosterone. Control your caloric intake, especially your carbohydrate intake and you’ll have a much easier time controlling water retention.
Sustanon 250 is a highly androgenic hormone and can produce related effects. The androgenic side effects of Sustanon 250 include acne, accelerated hair loss in those predisposed to male pattern baldness and body hair growth. These side effects of Sustanon 250 are highly dependent on genetic predispositions. Sensitivity to androgenicity plays a role but is dependent on the testosterone hormone’s interaction with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for reducing testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and as DHT activity increases it can lead to the related effects. In order to combat the androgenic side effects of Sustanon 250 some may find the use of a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor such as Finasteride to be warranted. Not all men will need a related inhibitor but some will find it helps. However, it is important to note that a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor will not completely reduce the steroid’s androgenicity. Those who are extremely sensitive to androgenic effects may find this steroid is not for them or should at least be used in minimal amounts.
The use of testosterone can have a negative impact on cholesterol, particularly HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). However, it does not appear to be very significant in most cases. Low HDL suppression is possible but it’s often inconsequential. However, when combined with the use of an AI it appears to be exasperated. According to the data at hand, the use of testosterone at a dosing of 250-600mg per week with an AI will promote an approximate 20% reduction in HDL cholesterol levels. The total reduction as you can see remains statistically the same in that dosing range. Once again, for this reason SERM’s should be your first choice in place of AI’s in order to combat estrogenic activity. But, SERM’s won’t always be enough and there is hope. If an AI is needed with your Sustanon 250 you should ensure you put in a lot of effort into controlling your cholesterol levels. This means a cholesterol friendly diet rich in omega fatty acids, low in saturated fats and low in simple sugars. It also means incorporating plenty of cardiovascular activity into your routine.
Regardless of who you are or why you’re using Sustanon 250 the inclusion of this anabolic steroid will suppress your natural testosterone production. For the low testosterone patient this is of no concern. Such an individual is not producing enough testosterone to begin with. For the performance athlete, while using Sustanon 250, again this is of no concern. Sustanon 250 will provide all the testosterone the body needs. However, the concern arises for this individual once his cycle and use comes to an end. When use comes to an end natural testosterone production will begin again. However, it will take a long time for your levels to return to normal. This can lead to a temporary low testosterone state and the associated symptoms. It can also lead to cortisol becoming the dominant hormone in your body making the progress made on cycle very difficult to impossible to maintain.
Due to the testosterone suppression caused by Sustanon 250, once use is discontinued most all men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. A solid PCT plan will include SERM’s like Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) and Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) and the peptide hormone HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). This will greatly speed up the recovery process. A PCT plan will not return you to normal on it’s own. There is no PCT plan on earth that can do this. However, a PCT plan will ensure you have enough testosterone for proper bodily function while your natural testosterone levels continue to rise.
Important notes on natural testosterone recovery. Natural recovery assumes no prior low testosterone condition existed. It also assumes severe damage was not done to the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA).
Sustanon 250 is not hepatotoxic and will present no stress or damage to the liver.
In a therapeutic setting to treat low testosterone, Sustanon 250 doses will normally fall in the 250mg every 3-4 week range with one injection every 3 weeks being most common. The total duration of treatment is indefinite. Low testosterone normally needs to be treated for life. We can remedy the problem but it will in most cases require continual treatment.
In a performance capacity, Sustanon 250 doses commonly range from 250-1,000mg per week. 250mg per week is enough to combat testosterone suppression caused by the use of other anabolic steroids. For a true anabolic effect, most will find 500mg per week to be effective. 500mg per week will be very tolerable for most men and often all the Sustanon 250 they’ll need. Many men will be able to tolerate 750-1,000mg per week. Higher testosterone levels should produce greater results; however, they will also increase the probability of negative side effects. How great this increase in probability is will be dependent on the individual and can greatly vary from one man to the next. Doses above 1,000mg per week will greatly exasperate potential negative side effects.
As for stacking, Sustanon 250 will stack well with all anabolic steroids. During off-season cycles, Deca Durabolin or any Nandrolone compound is often beneficial along with possible additions of Anadrol or Dianabol. During the cutting phase, steroids like Anavar, Masteron, Primobolan, Trenbolone and Winstrol will prove useful. You will also find the Trenbolone hormone to be very valuable during off-season use.
An important note; some will find Sustanon 250 painful to inject. Sustanon 250 contains the Propionate ester and a small segment of the population will find this ester irritates the injected area. This will prohibit some from using the steroid.
Sustanon 250 is one of the most expensive testosterone compounds on the market. However, it is in high supply and is one of the easiest anabolic steroids to buy. Organon manufactures the compound in numerous countries. The most common include Karachi’s (Pakistan), Nile’s (Egypt), Redi-Jects (Mexico) and the original Sustanon 250 products from Brazil, Italy, England, Belgium, and Portugal.
There are numerous other labs and pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the Sustanon 250 mixture. One of the most common is Russian Infar and Induject-250 by Alpha Pharma. Countless underground labs also manufacture the mixture in generic form. However, there is always a risk of an inferior product when purchasing an underground label. As for the Organon brands, counterfeits are also a risk, especially when it’s from Brazil, Pakistan and Egypt. You will need to exercise caution and do some hard digging on your supplier before you make a purchase. Also familiarize yourself with the Organon labels thoroughly as the country of origin will determine exactly how the product is supposed to look.
An important note; Sustanon 250 is not legally available in the U.S. The U.S. FDA has never approved it and Organon has never sought out approval. There are many Organon products that have been U.S. FDA approved, but in recent years they have continually withdrawn more of their products from this market due to the strict legislation on anabolic steroids in the U.S.
Anavar represents one of the most popular oral anabolic steroids of all time, and this is largely due to its well-tolerated nature. This is one of the few anabolic steroids that can be used safely by men and women, and it’s also one of the most side effect friendly. However, in some circles Anavar is greatly underappreciated due to its mild nature, but this is generally due to unrealistic expectations. Many tend to assume all anabolic steroids should yield a set of specific effects at a specific rate of power, but reality tells us varying steroids carry varying results and purposes. Anavar is without question an extremely beneficial anabolic steroid, but in order to appreciate its benefits we must understand it.
Anavar is the popular brand name associated with the dihydrotestosterone derived anabolic steroid Oxandrolone. The Oxandrolone hormone was first released in the early 1960’s under the trade name Anavar by G.D Searle & co. and was touted as carrying numerous therapeutic qualities. However, in 1989 Searle would discontinue the compound; this was largely due to FDA pressure that had tightened its grip on the anabolic steroid market. An important note; Searle also owned the licensing rights to the majority of Oxandrolone products on the global market, which would lead to this steroid nearly disappearing at this time. In 1995 the Oxandrolone hormone would reappear thanks to Bio-Technology General CORP (BTG), now Savient, under the trade name Oxandrin. BTG would hold a monopoly on the product during this time driving its cost through the roof. Thankfully, a few U.S. based pharmacies such as Watson would begin manufacturing generic Oxandrolone in recent years driving the cost down. However, it remains one of the more expensive anabolic steroids on the market, including when purchased from most underground labs. An important note for future purchase; while Anavar remains the common associated name for the Oxandrolone hormone, the Anavar name itself is not used by any human grade pharmaceutical company that manufactures Oxandrolone
Anavar or Oxandrolone is specifically a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) hormone that has been structurally altered. It is DHT with an added oxygen atom replacing the carbon-2 in the A-ring. This alteration greatly increases the hormone’s anabolic activity, as well as prevents it from being metabolically broken down. Anavar also possesses a second alteration at the 17th carbon position by the addition of a methyl group that allows the hormone to be ingested orally officially classifying Anavar as a C17-aa anabolic steroid.
As a therapeutic agent, Anavar has proven to be effective for numerous treatment plans. The most common reason the steroid is prescribed is for the purpose of weight gain necessitated due to surgery or infection or any type of severe weight loss. Anavar has also been proven to be extremely effective for treating over or prolonged exposure to corticosteroids, as well as for treating osteoporosis by the promotion of bone density. However, such uses are rare in the U.S. currently due to strict laws despite this steroid’s tremendously successful and positive track record. Anavar has also proven to be effective for treating hepatitis, as well as promoting growth and development in children who lack the necessary hormone production.
Anavar is also a very popular anabolic steroid among performance enhancing athletes. By looking at its therapeutic benefits, we should already have an understanding or appreciation as to what such benefits might be. While mild on its surface, Anavar carries a massive anabolic that is 3-6 times stronger than testosterone. Anavar’s anabolic rating is 322-630, while testosterone, a powerfully anabolic hormone carries a rating of 100. This would insinuate the muscle building properties of this steroid are tremendous; however, the rating does not translate into real life action quite like you might think. For the off-season male athlete, this will not be what we’d consider a premier bulking steroid; in fact, we’d call it weak for this purpose. But, its anabolic power will translate tremendously in a cutting cycle, or for the purpose of direct athletic enhancement. We will also find that the androgenicity of this hormone is rather low, making one of the friendliest steroids for female use.
When looking at the direct functions and traits of Anavar, the most important revolve around its ability to increase nitrogen retention in the muscle, decrease SHBG and inhibit glucocorticoid hormones. The increase in nitrogen retention will promote the anabolic atmosphere as reduced levels often lead to a catabolic state. The decrease in SHBG will yield a higher level of free testosterone in the body, not only providing more of an anabolic punch but promoting a free or unbound state of all circulating anabolic steroids. In simple terms, this makes the steroids being used more effective. As for the inhibition of glucocorticoid hormones, these are muscle wasting hormones; cortisol being the most well-known. Such hormones promote fat gain, as well as destroy lean muscle tissue. Anavar is also well-known for promoting increases in red blood cell count, which will enhance muscular endurance. Some studies have even shown this steroid has the ability to promote enhanced cardiovascular endurance. Last but not least, Anavar is one of the only true fat burning steroids. Most all anabolic steroids will enhance the metabolic rate, which will promote fat loss, but Anavar has been shown to directly promote lipolysis. Many attribute this to its ability to firmly bind to the androgen receptor, as well as in its ability to reduce thyroid-binding globulin, as well as increase thyroxine-binding prealbumin. This action results in the triiodothyronine hormone or T3 hormone being utilized to a higher degree. The fat burning results of Anavar are not entirely conclusive; there have been a few studies that produced alternate results as it pertains to fat loss. However, most data strongly supports the Oxandrolone hormone being a strong promoter of lipolysis.
Bulking/Off-Season: As the Oxandrolone hormone does not aromatize, any weight gained due to use will be lean muscle mass. Water retention is impossible due to the use of this steroid. However, massive gains often associated with steroid bulking cycles should not be expected with this steroid, it simply isn’t cut out for it. The individual should be able to gain some solid lean tissue and many report Anavar gains are easier to hold onto. But it won’t provide gains similar to well-known mass agents like Anadrol, Dianabol, Nandrolone or Testosterone. Some may find despite moderate gains that is all they want.
While Anavar is not the best off-season bulking steroid for men, when it comes to female use we must make an exception. Women are far more sensitive to Anavar than men, and it can be a very effective off-season agent. Further, most women are not looking for gains in size anywhere near male levels; often a slight increase in muscularity can be transforming.
Regardless of sex, all who use Anavar for off-season mass gaining phases will appreciate its metabolic enhancing traits. Those who supplement with the Oxandrolone hormone will find they gain less off-season body fat than they would have otherwise. Due to the increased levels of free testosterone, individuals will also find other steroids being used to be more potent. It may not be by a lot, but every last bit helps.
Fat Loss: Without question, male or female one of the best times to supplement with Anavar will be during the cutting phase. This will also be the most common purpose of use as the vast majority who use anabolic steroids participate in no competitive sports taking them out of the athletic enhancement category in an official sense. Due to its powerful anabolic nature, Anavar is one of the best steroids on earth for preserving lean tissue during the dieting phase. In order to lose body fat, we must burn more calories than we consume. The key to successful dieting is losing the desired fat while maintaining as much lean tissue as possible; however, muscle loss will occur. It does not matter how well-planned your diet is, some muscle loss will occur if a powerful anabolic agent is not present. Anavar is the agent you need due to the facts discussed above regarding its effects.
Those who supplement with Anavar during the cutting phase will also burn fat at a more efficient rate. Regardless of how powerful the direct lipolysis trait is or isn’t, the metabolic rate will still be greatly enhanced. Once lean, the individual will also find he appears harder and more defined. This is often accompanied by enhanced vascularity, and an overall tighter look.
Anavar is greatly appreciated by many athletes for a few specific reasons. This steroid will increase strength; the total increase will not be as significant as steroids like Dianabol and nowhere near the level of Halotestin, but it will be notable. Strength is one of the primary factors of successful athleticism as it translates into speed and power. Athletes also appreciate Anavar due to the fact that it won’t produce a large buildup in mass. In some cases, added mass might be a hindrance depending on the sport, and in other cases, it will bring about prying eyes that no athlete wants on them. When we further consider this steroid cannot lead to water retention, a possible burden to many athletes, Anavar rest as one of the top athletic choices.
Priority: Regardless of the purpose of use, all those who supplement with Anavar will find their rate of recovery is enhanced, as well as their muscular endurance. The individual will not tire out as fast, and he will be able to push longer and harder. This does not mean we should increase the duration of our training sessions, which may or may not be the case depending on the situation. However, we will make better use of each training session, we will make better use of our time on the field and all in all more quality work will be done.
Unlike another popular dihydrotestosterone derived anabolic steroid in Anadrol, Anavar is what we’d call a rather side effect friendly anabolic steroid. Side effects are certainly possible, but for the healthy adult they can be minimized. In fact, with responsible use, many will find they experience no negative effects at all. In order to understand the side effects of Anavar, we have broken them down into their separate categories with all the related information you’ll need.
The Oxandrolone hormone does not carry any estrogenic related side effects. It does not aromatize and cannot lead to gynecomastia or water retention due to increases in estrogen levels. It further carries no progestin related activity, which again supports no estrogenic related side effects. Due to water retention being impossible with this steroid, this will decrease the risk of high blood pressure. Excess water retention can promote high blood pressure. Some steroids that do not aromatize can lead to high blood pressure, such as Trenbolone, but Anavar is rarely associated with this trait.
Anadrol (commonly called by athletes “A50” or “A-bombs”) was initially developed as a compound to help people with anemia, and has since been used very successfully to aid people who are suffering from many other diseases where weight loss is a concern. Thus, it is clearly an effective agent for promoting weight gain, increasing appetite, gaining strength, and increasing Red Blood Cell count. And, as with most Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids (AAS), it has its downsides as well. Anadrol 50 will inhibit your body’s natural production of hormones (testosterone, etc ), will negatively affect your blood lipid profile, can cause water retention, is notorious for causing headaches, and is also highly liver toxic (in fact, it has the worst reputation for hepatoxicity out of all steroids). Paradoxically, although one the benefits touted by its original manufacturer (Syntex) is that it can be used to stimulate weight gain through increasing appetite, taking too much may actually inhibit your appetite!
I think, in order to gain a complete understanding of the Anadrol 50 effects on body, we need to take a look at its advantages contrasted with its disadvantages. Anadrol is a DHT-derived compound, and is 17-Alpha-Alkylated steroid, meaning that it has been altered at the 17th carbon position to survive oral ingestion. Most oral steroids are 17aa, and this helps them make it through your liver in a useful form. Sounds great, right? Lets 17alpha-alkylate everything! Well as you can imagine, there’s a down side.
This 17aa alteration, which makes it possible for Anadrol to survive its first pass through your liver, also makes it very taxing on your liver. How taxing is Anadrol and how much weight can you gain from its use? Well, there was a 30 week study done on Anadrol and, as you can expect, a reasonable amount of side effects were noted. The fact that Anadrol causes some side effects has really never been in debate. But how effective was the drug? Well, first it should be mentioned that this study was done on people with AIDS related wasting, and they actually gained weight (8+kg) while the control group lost weight, and had increased mortality rates. (1). I suppose, if you’re in a study because you have a wasting disease which is also a terminal illness, you don’t want to end up in the control group. Anyway, weight gain in this study peaked at 19-20 weeks, though, so the last 10 weeks weren’t very productive in this respect. Clearly, you wouldn’t want to run Anadrol 50 for 20 weeks, given its toxicity, but after that, any effect in terms of weight and strength gains would be negligible. So, with regards to sides from Anadrol, and the sheer fact that this study lasted so long (30 weeks), it should be apparent that they can be kept under control and the drug can be used safely. People are commonly told to limit their intake of Anadrol to 4 weeks or less I’m a bit less conservative and think you can easily run Anadrol for 6 weeks or more.
From personal experience, however, I can tell you that gains from Anadrol are quite dramatic for the first 3 weeks and then quickly level off. Unfortunately, I find that the side effects experienced from Anadrol (which include a headache, bloating, elevated blood pressure, and a general “unwell” feeling for me) remain for the entire duration of use. But I find as usual, side effects for this drug are pretty much half legend and half truth. Since Anadrol 50 is derived from DHT, it cant actually convert to estrogen (via the aromatase enzyme), and its not a progestin or a compound with progestenic activity so the estrogenic (?) side effects produced by it are of a very mysterious nature. It has been speculated that perhaps it can stimulate the estrogen receptor without actually being converted to estrogen and that’s about as plausible an explanation as Ive heard. However, things really get strange, when Oxymetholone has been used in studies to alter the female reproductive/menstrual cycle; in those cases, it has lowered plasma progesterone levels! (7)One would expect that an AI (aromatase inhibitor) wouldn’t be of much use with this drug, but many have found that Letrozole (which has, in some cases been shown to reduce estrogen in the body to an undetectable amount)(6) can greatly reduce or even eliminate many of the more noticeable side effects of Anadrol, such as the bloating.
As I’ve stated, however, the sides from this drug are certainly no joke, but are easily preventable, and controllable. One study even showed very few sides for subjects using up to 100mgs of Oxymetholone (2). In the original UnderGround Steroid Hand Book, Dan Duchaine states that he used it at doses up to 150mgs/day. Clearly, Anadrol’s hepatoxicity has been a bit exaggerated, in some circles. Be that as it may, my suggestion is still to limit Anadrol’s use to 6 weeks, at a maximum even if just to err on the side of caution. Of course, I have personally run this drug for much longer..
How should we use Anadrol? Id probably be willing to include Anadrol in a cycle including injectable steroids, but not other 17aa compounds. Id make any 6-week-run of this compound begin at the start of a cycle, as a form of “jumpstart” towards seeing gains quickly. The quick gains you will get from Anadrol (up to a pound per day for the first 2 weeks are not uncommon in Steroid.com members) are also just as quick to disappear upon cessation of use .unless you are simply using it as a kickstarter, while waiting for your other compounds to kick-in. Ill go out on a limb here and say that utilizing Anadrol as a “Jumpstart” is the most popular use of this drug for athletes and bodybuilders today. Ill also say that this drug is immensely popular with strength athletes who dont have to worry about weight classes (Field athletes and strongmen), and with powerlifters in the heavier weight brackets. Its also important to note that in one study by Schroder et. Al (2) Anadrol showed that it has the ability to lower serum SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin which binds to your free test and makes it no longer useful for anabolism, among other things) concentrations by 54.9 25.8 and 45 16.2 nmol/l in the 50- and 100-mg treatment groups. This means there will be more free test circulating around your body when you take this drug and clearly, this would produce some synergy when stacked with other steroids. Given the large amounts of weight and strength which can be gained in a relatively short time span on this drug, I’m sure this comes as no surprise to many.
Another important and often understated characteristic of this compound is that Oxymetholone doesn’t bind well to the androgen receptor (Relative Binding Affinity = too low to be determined) (3) which is the lowest Ive ever read about. Basically, what this tells me is that there are a lot of non-receptor mediated effects from this steroid, making it a very potent addition to ANY BULKING stack, because it wont be competing for the receptor sites with the other steroids you’re using. Its also, as you may have guessed a very poor choice for a cutting stack.
What is an Anadrol Cycle? How much should you use? Well, this is actually one of the most interesting facts about Anadrol 50. You see, most steroids produce what we call a “dose respondent curve” which is a fancy way of saying “the more you use, the more you gain.”
Anadrol is one of the few steroids where the dose respondent curve flattens out very quickly. When you take 50mgs of Anadrol, you’ll make some very good gains. When you take 100mgs of Anadrol, you’ll make even more gains. However, it has been found that 100mgs/day is as effective for weight gain as 150mgs/day but produces less side effects and was less toxic (4). I feel that the jump from 50mgs to 100mgs constitutes an acceptable rise in benefit vs. cost, but this is not the case as dosages get over 100mgs. Now, lets see how 50mgs and 100mgs of Oxymetholone actually effect strength, when compared with each other:
Relative (%) changes in strength are shown for the groups receiving placebo (filled bars), 50 mg/day oxymetholone (open bars), and 100 mg/day oxymetholone (gray bars). Nos. above bars represent relative change (%) from baseline to week 12 for the 1-repetition maximum tests of strength. Error bars represent 1 SE from the mean. * Significant difference from placebo, P < 0.05; significant difference from placebo by Wilcoxon test, P < 0.02. See text for additional statistical analyses.
As you can see, in this study, doubling the dose of Anadrol 50 nearly doubled the strength gains of the test subjects. Now, when we look at changes in body composition from Oxymetholone (chart below) we can see that although the guys taking the 100mgs (vs. the 50mgs group) had more fat lost and more Lean Body Mass gained, it wasn’t as dramatic as the differences in strength gains between the two groups:
Changes in body composition are shown for the groups receiving placebo (filled bars), 50 mg of oxymetholone per day (open bars), and 100 mg per day (gray bars). Numbers above the bars represent the mean absolute changes and the error bars are 1 SE. For total lean body mass (LBM) and total fat, differences among the 3 groups were significant (P < 0.0001, one-way ANOVA). * Significant differences from placebo, P 0.001.
Although I am usually not inclined to posit speculations on why a particular drug does or doesn’t do something, in this case I will. Im guessing that the higher doses of Anadrol cause enough appetite suppression (at least anecdotally) to make eating rather difficult. It can also increase insulin resistance and glucose intolerance (5). This has the effect of making macronutrient absorption more inefficient, and could also be a factor in reducing gains when the dosage goes over 100mgs/day. Unfortunately, Anadrol also has a reasonably profound effect on your body’s natural hormonal system, on par with most other oral steroids, but not as bad as most injectables, and its certainly not as harsh on your lipid profile as many anabolics are
(2). As an interesting side note, some of the medical literature on this compound suggests a dose of 1-5mgs per kg of bodyweight. Ill pause a second here for you to figure out how absurdly high of a dose that would translate to for the average bodybuilder!