It’s a synthetic anabolic androgenic steroid developed in a laboratory.
The chemical or generic name given to Winstrol is stanozolol, most often found in lower case letters.
It can be used by itself or in a stack for cutting and bulking cycles.
Synthetic anabolic androgenic steroids like Winstrol are designed to mimic the effects of testosterone.
In medical scenarios, anabolic androgenic steroids like Winstrol (and sometimes still are) were used to treat hypogonadism or low testosterone levels in men.
Because testosterone has such a huge influence over the development and maintenance of male sex characteristics, it stands to reason that synthetic forms of testosterone do as well.
Some of the benefits of Winstrol/stanozolol include but are not limited to:
Basically, all anabolic androgenic steroids enhance maleness in numerous ways:
But what about dosage cycles?
Winstrol/stanozolol is an easy steroid to stack, based on user feedback, especially when combined with testosterone.
It stacks well with numerous testosterone esters including enanthate, cypionate, and propionate. By combining it with a non-aromatizing steroid, users may be able to reduce the potential for estrogenic side effects.
Compare dosage recommendations offered by a number of bodybuilding websites and steroid promoters. Not all dosage suggestions for using Winstrol (stanozolol) are safe for beginners.
You always have a chance of experiencing side effects and adverse reactions whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user.
In medical treatment environments, Winstrol was maintained at roughly 6 mg daily. That 6 mg dosage was divided into three “servings” of 2 mg each in the morning, the afternoon, and the evening.
Of course, dosages were/are always case-dependent based on condition, desired outcome, and how the patient reacts to the drug at various doses.
It’s not unusual to find bodybuilders taking 25 mg a day or even more.
The injection form of stanozolol (Winstrol Depot) is generally taken by bodybuilders in the 50 mg solution every other day or sometimes even daily, also higher than recommended in medical situations.
(For treatments, Winstrol injections were given at a 50 mg dosage every two to three weeks.)
The mechanism of action of stanozolol is similar to a metabolite of testosterone known as dihydrotestosterone.
As an androgen hormone, dihydrotestosterone functions much like sex steroids. Like testosterone, it encourages the development of male characteristics.
Because of this behavior, side effects are possible, despite other drugs such as anti-estrogen or anti-aromatizing substances combined with steroids to reduce undesired effects.
Not all Winstrol/stanozolol usage is beneficial. Too much of anything can be dangerous and contribute to adverse reactions.
Bodybuilders and athletes using the prescription-only drug for nonmedical reasons may find that the side effects don’t outweigh benefits.
Some of the side effects associated with Winstrol are similar to other anabolic androgenic steroids and include:
More serious side effects linked to anabolic androgenic steroids and Winstrol/stanozolol specifically include but are not limited to damage that can occur to a number of major body organs:
The reports above are not isolated incidents, nor do they always involve those with predispositions for certain conditions, nor are they ‘old’. Some are otherwise healthy men and women in their twenties and thirties.
The higher the dosage of anabolic androgenic steroid and combinations used with it, the increased risk of side effects and adverse reactions.
Exogenous forms of testosterone or any synthetic anabolic androgenic steroid designed to replicate the effects of testosterone can disrupt otherwise normal hormonal balances in the body.
These hormonal balances must be maintained for optimal function of numerous body systems.
Before considering use of Winstrol/stanozolol, take the time to learn everything you can about the drug, what to expect from it, and most importantly, safety regarding use.