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Also known as oxymetholone, Anadrol is a prescription-only drug.
It’s given the name Anadrol 50 because of its availability in a 50 mg tablet taken orally.
How does Anadrol 50/oxymetholone behave in the body?
Is it more effective than other anabolic steroids?
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Oxymetholone or Anadrol 50 (brand name) has long been used in the treatment of different kinds of anemia-related conditions.
The Anadrol 50 mg tablet contains 50 mg of oxymetholone, encouraging muscle growth due to its mechanism of action.
The drug is often used for malnourished patients, under medical supervision. It’s classified as a hematopoietic or red blood cell synthesizing drug.
Red blood cells are necessary for transportation of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body, and for the synthesis of proteins required for muscle growth.
It’s also known as a metabolic-endocrine agent that is a synthetic or laboratory developed variant of testosterone, the male hormone, which encourages muscle and lean muscle mass to fat mass ratios in the male body.
Because of its ability to increase the synthesis of red blood cells, it’s also known for its ability to increase nitrogen retention and maintain adequate nitrogen balances in the muscles.
This only occurs however, under certain circumstances, such as a proper intake of calories and protein. It’s more noted for its ability to increase levels of erythropoietin and its protein synthesis boosting capabilities.
The drug is/was most commonly used in the treatment of anemias caused by bone marrow development failures (red blood cells and white blood cells are manufactured in bone marrow).
Anadrol is available in tablets in varying milligram strength, although Anadrol 50 (50 mg tablets) are the most commonly prescribed.
They are classified as a Schedule III controlled substance for its potential for misuse and abuse and are therefore banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency , so athletes beware and forewarned.
It should be noted that any “recommendations” in regard to Anadrol 50/oxymetholone for bodybuilders is not condoned by physicians, who discourage use of anabolic-androgenic steroids without a prescription and medical supervision.
Anadrol is relatively strong in regard to its anabolic nature and mild in regard to androgenic properties.
It does promote estrogenic type activity, so users of Anadrol 50/oxymetholone often combine the steroid with other drugs designed to reduce such effects, with varying degrees of success.
It’s no secret that bodybuilders and athletes often take anabolic-androgenic steroids in doses over and above what is recommended for medical treatments.
Medical dosage guidelines in regard to oxymetholone ranges less than 10 mg a day in the treatment of cachexia or body-wasting or to help individuals increase lean body mass following a chronic illness or extensive surgical recovery.
On average, dosage prescription guidelines range 1 mg to 5 mg per every kilogram of body weight per day.
Bodybuilders and athletes looking for dosage recommendations on bodybuilding websites will find suggestions for oral dosage ranging 20 mg to 150 mg a day.
Potential side effects associated with Anadrol 50/oxymetholone are similar to the potential of damaging side effects caused by nonprescription and non-supervised use of anabolic-androgenic steroids.
The drug has been reported to increase the risk of blood-filled cysts in the liver (Peliosis hepatis), development of a liver cell tumors, and changes in cholesterol levels that increase the risk of clogged arteries (atherosclerosis), which in turn increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Even at low doses, use of Anadrol 50/oxymetholone can contribute to cholestatic hepatitis as well as jaundice.
It has aromatizing effects (masculinization) so women may experience male-like changes in their body including growth of body and facial hair (hirsutism), a deeper voice, an enlarged clitoris, and development of quite severe acne.
Even when detected early, virilization may be irreversible.
Oxymetholone may also be viewed as a carcinogen. It is suggested that due to its potential toxic effects on the liver that liver function tests be regularly scheduled for patients, which of course does not occur with illegal use.
Changes in cholesterol levels (increased levels of bad or LDL cholesterol and decreasing levels of good or HDL cholesterol) are also possible and can contribute to cardiac and cardiovascular damage.
Anadrol 50/oxymetholone is contraindicated for any woman who is pregnant. It is classed under Pregnancy Category X due to its potential to cause fetal damage. Women using Anadrol tablets may also risk fertility.
While it may provide temporary benefits to users, but as with the case of many anabolic-androgenic steroids, risks are also prevalent.
Because of the potential of such risks, use of steroid alternatives are growing in popularity and should always be considered before taking Anadrol 50 Oxymetholone.