As one of the most popular bodybuilding anabolic steroids out there, know the basics.
We’ll go into details further below.
Most people are familiar with some of the most major brand names of anabolic steroids, growth hormone drugs, and even popular drugs recommended for the treatment of medical issues.
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Methandrostenolone/Dianabol is also known by several other chemical names including:
In spite of the fact that these names are slightly different in spelling or a chemical name, they all have the same molecular formula: C20H28O2.
Bodybuilders will find the same anabolic steroid listed under a variety of names depending on where it’s coming from. This is important knowledge when purchasing anabolic steroids online.
Methandrostenolone is synthetically created in a laboratory to mimic the characteristics of the male hormone testosterone. It has stronger anabolic properties than androgenic effects, and is rated to have very little progestational activity in the body.
Why does this matter? Again, terminology is important. Anabolic properties refer to strengthening, muscle mass, muscle growth, and so forth.
Androgenic effects are properties that refer to behavior of sex hormones. Androgens not only control basic male sex traits, but can influence the development of female sexual behaviors.
Progestational properties refer to the effect/s similar to that of progesterone, and more specifically, progestin. Progestins are the synthetic variations of progesterone.
Progesterone is an endogenous (body-produced) hormone manufactured in the testes by men and ovaries in women, and the adrenaline glands of both.
Progesterone is essential to hormone balances in the body, classified as a precursor hormone to other hormones such as estrogen, testosterone, aldosterone, and cortisol.
This aspect of progestational activity is important for bodybuilders, as progestins have the capability of causing fluid retention, headaches, weight gain, anxiety, and other side effects due to its slow metabolism.
Bodybuilders and athletes consider methandrostenolone/Dianabol a relatively mild (when compared to others such as Trenbolone) oral anabolic steroid. However, it can also be found as an injectable steroid in veterinary usage environments.
Dianabol/methandrostenolone is typically found in 5 mg and 10 mg tablets, although depending on manufacturer and origin may be found in 2.5 mg tablets as well.
Methandrostenolone is generally used by bodybuilders and athletes for the performance enhancement aspect rather than extreme bulking, often combined with other anabolic steroids or drugs to either enhance results or to reduce the potential for side effects.
Dosage recommendations for men and women (not advised for women because of its potential for masculinizing side effects) will differ between bodybuilding websites, forums, and magazines.
Because it is not condoned for non-medical use and is a prescription-only drug, no dosage recommendations for such use are available from medically reliable sources.
It has a relatively short half-life (anywhere from three to five hours), so bodybuilders and athletes may divide and distribute the dose in even amounts throughout the day to maintain adequate levels of the drug in the blood.
Some prefer to take their dosage all at once earlier in the day to provide a boost in metabolism and improve breakdown of nutrients that will prove most effective for workouts.
It’s no secret that bodybuilders often consume or inject extremely high doses of anabolic steroids over and above what is medically recommended in treatment scenarios for that drug, and the same applies to methandrostenolone.
The lowest dose available for Dianabol/methandrostenolone is a 2.5 mg tablet. In the early days of its use for medical treatments, Dianabol was recommended in the daily dosage of approximately 5 mg to be taken no longer within six weeks.
Bodybuilders and bodybuilding websites suggest that 15 to 38 mg daily is not only common, but enhances results, so some bodybuilders take even more. The higher the dosage, the higher the risk of potential side effects.
As a synthetic anabolic steroid, methandrostenolone can interfere with normal hormonal balances and have an impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis , meaning the hormones and activities of the hypothalamus, which determines adequate levels of fluids, enzymes, and hormones in the body.
This in turn affects the pituitary gland, known as the master gland of the body because it’s responsible for the maintenance and instructions to increase or decrease manufacture of hormones.
This axis also affects the gonads or sex hormones (testes/ovaries) responsible for the production of testosterone/estrogen.
Other alarming effects on the body caused by anabolic steroid use including Dianabol have been linked to hypertensive encephalopathy and bile acid nephropathy as well as other side effects in both animal and human studies and reports.
Before using methandrostenolone, know what it is, how it affects body functions, and carefully weigh the benefits of even short-term use with potential long-term side effects and adverse reactions.