Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid, although it does encourage some similar behaviors. Clenbuterol is a sympathomimetic amine.
The drug is often found in medications used to treat asthma and other lung disorders including COPD. Because of its components and resulting actions, it’s also used by men and women for dieting with varying results.
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As a sympathomimetic amine, Clenbuterol is considered an agonist that initiates certain activities of autonomic activities in the body over which we have no control.
The sympathetic nervous system, a component of the overall central nervous system is responsible for our fight or flight response, regulating heart rate, breath rate, and other automatic and personally uncontrollable functions in the body.
The main action of Clenbuterol, as a sympathomimetic amine, is its ability to bind to certain adrenergic receptors that are found inside the lungs – mainly the smooth tissues that line the walls of the bronchi and bronchial tubes.
The action of binding to beta-2 adrenergic receptors releases an enzyme known as adenyl (also known as and spelled adenylyl or adenylate) cyclase.
Adenyl cyclase is also involved in energy-producing cycles, aiding in the conversion of adenosine triphosphate or ATP into cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).
This activity is a component of metabolism and energy production in the body and as such can also trigger thermogenic or fat-burning effects.
Functions involving generation of ATP and cAMP are effective for gaining minimal muscle mass and strength.
However, in order to see impressive results from using Clenbuterol, a person would have to take excessively high doses, which would be dangerous to overall health and wellness.
Even patients taking prescription Clenbuterol are watched carefully by their physicians for potential side effects, mainly having to do with cardiovascular issues.
Nevertheless, the thermogenic and metabolism boosting aspect of Clenbuterol is used by dieters as well as bodybuilders and athletes to not only bulk up muscle growth, but at the end of cutting cycles, to drop those last few pounds prior to a competition.
Clenbuterol is often used by bodybuilders because it’s believed to provide the anabolic or tissue-building benefits associated with steroids, while offsetting catabolic effects on muscle.
In bodybuilding circles, Clenbuterol is not known for its great potential in weight loss. It is most effective on individuals who already have a relatively lean physique.
It is not recommended or especially beneficial for men or women who are overweight or obese.
Regardless of dosage or reasons for use, Clenbuterol does cause some side effects.
The potential for side effects when using Clenbuterol depend on a number of factors.
Among them: age, weight, dosage, frequency of dosage, overall health status, exercise, and diet.
Individuals considering use of Clenbuterol for weight loss should be aware that it is not a miracle drug and Clenbuterol side effects can more than outweigh minimal benefits when it comes to weight loss.
Dosage recommendations are literally all over the map, depending on goals and expectations.
Some users have found that Clenbuterol works great for a couple of weeks, but then benefits suddenly decline.
Clenbuterol tablet dosage recommendation (for medical conditions) is roughly 20 mcg a day though a bodybuilder can take up to 160 mcg. The higher the dosage, the higher potential for side effects.
Some of the most common Clenbuterol side effects:
Potential Clenbuterol users should know that arrhythmia and tachycardia are both potentially dangerous side effects that can have a detrimental impact on cardiovascular function.
When considering use of Clenbuterol, take the time to research medically and scientifically founded documentation regarding Clenbuterol side effects.
A good source of information in this regard is Pubmed; a database of medical journal articles, case studies, and reports. Two come to mind:
Rhabdomyolysis is a condition that causes dark or discolored urine. The darker colored urine is caused by remnants of broken down striated muscle, not particularly good for someone trying to increase muscle mass and strength.
Atrial fibrillation is a kind of arrhythmia that defines an irregular heartbeat that increases a person’s risk for stroke or heart attack.
Before considering Clenbuterol for weight loss or for muscle building, understand how it works in the body.
Remember: when it comes to bodybuilding or weight loss, it’s not especially effective. It’s mainly used in combination with anabolic steroids or other drugs in stacking or combinations of other drugs in a bodybuilder or athlete’s cycle.
Otherwise, the benefits associated with Clenbuterol don’t outweigh Clenbuterol side effects.