It was generally used in the medical treatment of anemias.
Most known by the brand name Anadrol and Anadrol-50, it is a potent anabolic steroid.
It’s one that’s misused by athletes and bodybuilders around the world.
Before using Oxymetholone, be aware of its benefits and side effects, especially in regard to nonmedical use.
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Oxymetholone is an oral, tablet form anabolic steroid whose main mechanism of action improves synthesis of red blood cell development through erythropoietin synthesis.
Erythropoietin is a hormone that is an important component of red blood cell production.
According to drugs.com, Oxymetholone, though rated as one of the strongest by bodybuilders, has a relatively slow build-up response time, with maximum efficiency (in medical scenarios) roughly achieved following three to six months of use.
Dosage recommendations when it comes to use by bodybuilders and athletes often far exceed recommended and safe dosage guidelines provided by medical experts.
For example, in medical scenarios treating with oxymetholone, 1 mg to 5 mg per kilogram daily was a typical and effective dose in the treatment of deficient production of red blood cells.
One to 2 mg per kilogram a day was often effective for patients, but if no response was seen after three to six months, the drug was generally discontinued.
Bodybuilding websites suggest that 50 mg daily is considered a relatively low dose of Oxymetholone (Anadrol) but for some individuals, an average of 25 mg daily is adequate to achieve results.
The scoring on the 50 mg tablet makes it easier to split the dosage into the 25 mg strength, which is recommended for beginners. Some experienced users will take approximately 75 mg to 100 mg a day, but doing so increases the risk of side effects.
Bodybuilding websites across the board generally recommend limited use of Anadrol (Oxymetholone) for no longer than six weeks, as most men will experience gains within the first four weeks of use.
Bodybuilders and athletes purchasing Oxymetholone online should always be aware of the potential for contaminated, counterfeit, and ineffective product.
A 2014 study published by the Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians (“The composition of anabolic steroids from the illicit market is largely unknown: implications for clinical case reports“) underscored just one of many warnings regarding not only the often questionable ingredients and fillers in underground laboratory-created anabolic steroids, but their quality.
Oxymetholone has been studied for a variety of side effects in both animals and humans.
Some of the side effects are relatively uncommon, as such is the case with the 32-year-old male anabolic steroid user who developed sensorineural hearing loss caused by infarct (area of dead tissue caused by lack of blood supply) of his anterior inferior cerebellar artery.
The hearing loss was reported as secondary to his use of anabolic steroids, causing polycythemia (overabundance of red blood cells ), which can trigger renal infarction in bodybuilders.
Oxymetholone (Anadrol) is estrogenic in nature, regardless of dosage.
It can have an impact on elevating blood pressure and increasing bad or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol while decreasing good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, which is necessary for cardiovascular protection.
Users of Oxymetholone should also be aware that it is toxic to the liver, which is another reason why lower dosages are recommended.
Note – Oxymetholone is known to interact with over 75 different drugs (generic and brand name). While most of these interactions are moderate, seven are major in nature.
Just a few of those include Coumadin (warfarin), Juxtapid (lomitapide), Miradon (anisindione) and Kynamro (mipomersen).
When it comes to dangers, interactions, and contraindications of use, side effects often outweigh temporary benefits.
Athletes looking for positive muscle growth and strength effects might also consider steroid alternatives, which in the case of Oxymetholone, may take about the same amount of time for maximum benefits to be achieved.
Steroid alternatives are safer, legal, and don’t tend to cause nearly the severity of side effects as anabolic androgenic steroids.
Oxymetholone is available from a variety of domestic and international underground labs and black-market resources.
Be aware of legal ramifications of receiving such drugs through general post delivery services in your country of origin regardless of whether the drugs are legal for personal use. Research the company from which you purchase any anabolic steroid.
Many underground labs manufacturing anabolic steroids in the garage or a basement market themselves as actual pharmaceutical companies.
Use caution and common sense when ordering Oxymetholone online, as you can never be sure exactly what you’re getting.