Beginner to experienced users of synthetic anabolic androgenic steroids know that steroids are illegal to obtain without a prescription.
However, dozens of steroid options are readily, if illegally available if you know where to look.
The injection form of stanozolol is called Winstrol Depot.
Winstrol is one of the most popular, or at least rates in the top handful of anabolic androgenic steroids that promote anabolic (tissue building) without potent androgenic (male characteristics) side effects.
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It is no longer recommended for human use in regard to medical treatments due to the severity of its side effects and less than stellar results for some treatments.
It is still used in some veterinary circles, mainly in injection form known as Winstrol Depot.
Even animals must be closely monitored for signs of liver or kidney disease and cardiovascular issues.
Many beginner athletes and bodybuilders believe that oral Winstrol is gentler than the injection form of the drug (Winstrol Depot) for intramuscular injection. This isn’t always the case.
Oral Winstrol has potent anabolic or tissue-building properties and very low androgenic or male characteristics influencing properties.
While the androgenic properties are low and bodybuilders claim that any estrogenic or progestational activity from the drug ranges from zero to ‘not at all significant’, always use caution when it comes to anabolic androgenic steroids.
Because oral Winstrol does rate very low in his potential to promote estrogenic and progestational activity, it’s a favorite among male and female athletes alike.
Because of its low estrogenic and progestational capabilities, bodybuilders don’t tend to feel the need to use anti-estrogenic drugs in combination with oral Winstrol, though some do.
It does cause some androgenic effects, which may be more common among women than men and include virilization, including growth of body and facial hair, oilier skin, acne, menstrual irregularities, and an enlarged clitoris.
Oral Winstrol is classified as a Schedule III controlled substance under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990.
Bodybuilding websites often provide their own recommendations in regard to dosage when taking oral Winstrol or Winstrol Depot (injection form).
These recommendations are not provided by medical experts, nor are dosages monitored by a physician in regard to results and side effects.
The oral drug ranges in milligram strength between 2 mg to 10 mg tablets, depending on source. Most common is the 5 mg strength dose tablet.
Male bodybuilders often take anywhere from 15 mg to 25 mg a day. When the drug was recommended for medical use, 6 mg a day was considered relatively safe.
A person taking 25 mg a day may naturally experience a greater risk for side effects and adverse reactions than someone taking a lower dosage.
Women (in medical scenarios) were recommended roughly 4 mg a day, while being used for bodybuilding or athletic performance enhancement, recommendations for women’s dosage averages 5 mg to 10 mg a day.
Always start at the lowest dosage range and frequency in regard to regimen to determine how your body reacts to it. Even at low doses, virilization in females is possible.
In some cases, virilization effects cannot be reversed, even if the drug is quickly discontinued.
Oral Winstrol in any dose can affect the gastrointestinal tract and cause nausea, vomiting, and for some, diarrhea. It can interfere with fluid and electrolyte balances in the body as well, contributing to edema or fluid retention.
This is caused by retention of electrolytes lights such as potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphate, and chloride.
One of the main reasons why stanozolol/oral Winstrol was discontinued in the US was the potential to contribute to a condition where liver cells were supplanted by blood-filled cysts.
This anomaly has the potential to appear not only in the liver, but the spleen as well.
In addition, other liver damage has been linked to stanozolol, mainly in the form of liver cell tumors. In most cases, the tumors are benign or non-cancerous, but in some cases, they have become malignant.
Like the above mentioned blood-filled cysts occurring in the liver (Peliosis hepatis), liver tumors tend to be vascular in nature. The risk of them bursting and causing hemorrhage is one of the more severe dangers of such tumor development.
Of course, side effects are often influenced by dosage and frequency of dosage, but even first-time users can experience alarming side effects.
Oral and injection forms of Winstrol can cause side effects to numerous body systems including metabolic and endocrine functions and activities.
Oral Winstrol does have the potential to decrease glucose tolerance and increase levels of bad (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol while decreasing good (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels.
This imbalance can contribute to potential cardiovascular damage. Always use caution with anabolic androgenic steroids.