This applies to the use of Trenbolone steroid, which, if you didn’t already know, is a veterinary grade steroid not recommended for human use.
Unfortunately, many new users to anabolic steroids rely only on information provided by bodybuilding websites and steroid promoting sellers.
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Trenbolone steroid is a veterinary grade steroid pellet (Finaplix) mainly used to enhance muscle bulk and appetite in cattle stock prior to slaughter.
It’s (illegally) manufactured into an injectable form that converts the 200 mg of Trenbolone found in those cattle pellets into an injectable solution.
Note: Ingredients, measurements, and manufacturing processes in this conversion of Finaplix or similar cattle pellets steroids into a form of steroid that can be injected into humans is often no more than guesswork for some underground labs.
Quality and ingredients can be erratic.
Very few scientific studies regarding the efficacy of Trenbolone for human use have been conducted because, of course, the drug is not meant for humans.
In cattle, feed efficiency, muscle growth, and weight gain has been noted and studied.
Therefore, bodybuilders and athletes perceive the same effects when used on themselves.
However, hypocrisy reigns when these very same individuals claim that side effects often noted in animals are not translated into similar side effects for humans.
Trenbolone steroid can have a variety of effects on the body depending on certain factors that include age, weight, body composition, exercise regimens and intensity, and so forth.
Both forms of Trenbolone (Trenbolone Acetate/Tren A and Trenbolone Enanthate/Tren E) are known to be extremely anabolic and androgenic and are not recommended for beginners.
Manufacture of Trenbolone acetate ended in the late 1980s.
Finaplix cattle pellets are still widely available through veterinary drug suppliers around the world.
Transforming the cattle pellets into a product for human use is tricky business and can be quite dangerous depending on the method.
Trenbolone does have some estrogenic side effects even though it’s not perceived to aromatize (convert testosterone into estrogen) like testosterone steroids. However, it can cause estrogenic-like effects.
While many athletes and bodybuilders combine Trenbolone with anti-estrogenic components, it does not completely nullify the potential for developing gynecomastia or other estrogenic or progestational side effects.
Common side effects such as hair loss, headaches, increased anxiety, and potential of testicular atrophy that in turn affects sperm production, fertility, and libido are relatively common.
Side effects and their severity are often dosage dependent, but also are affected by frequency of dosage and length of use.
Because Trenbolone is a veterinary grade drug and not recommended or approved for human use, medically safe recommendations are unavailable.
When accessing bodybuilding websites, recommendations regarding dosage for cycles can differ drastically.
For example, one website recommends 100 mg to 300 mg weekly (for between six to eight weeks) for physical enhancement, with weekly doses divided into two to three doses.
For oral ingestion, a dosage anywhere between 100 mg and 200 mg a day is suggested, again for no longer than six to eight weeks to be deemed relatively safe.
Despite claims of safety with “responsible” use, these are extremely high doses of a veterinary steroid that can have long-term impact on psychological and physiological health and wellness.
Recent studies have reported long-term damage to cardiovascular and liver function even with short-term use of anabolic steroids.
Use of Trenbolone steroid can contribute to gynecomastia due to its ability to produce prolactin (a milk-producing hormone) in the pituitary gland.
Prolactin is a type of growth hormone. As a result, Trenbolone steroid can have an influence on cell receptors typically found in breast tissue.
A man with elevated prolactin levels may also be at risk for anorgasmia, or inability to have an orgasm, as well as erectile dysfunction.
Some bodybuilding websites and forums recommend use of prolactin antagonists to reduce prolactin levels, or aromatase inhibitors, but efficacy studies are lacking in this regard.
Long-term effects on the cardiovascular system are a possibility, and are again often associated with high doses.
Trenbolone has also been noted to affect the liver, and use can contribute to hepatic toxicity. Use of anabolic steroids of any type can also contribute to the increased risk of kidney dysfunction.
Use caution with anabolic steroids in general, and specifically anabolic steroids that are veterinary grade in nature.
While Trenbolone steroid may promote some benefits in physique, those benefits are often outweighed by the risks of use.