Dbol – Methandrostenolone
- Molecular Weight: 300.44
- Formula: C20H28O2
- Melting Point: N/A
- Manufacturer: Ciba (originally)
- Release Date: 1956
- Effective dose: 25-50mgs (as low as 10 and as high as 100
have been reported)
- Active Life: 6-8hours
- Detection Time: up to 6 weeks
- Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio (Range): 90-210:40-60
Dianabol was more or less the second Anabolic
Steroid ever produced. The first, as we all know was Testosterone,
which was produced in the early 1900s and experimented with by Nazis in WW2, in
an attempt to produce a better soldier.
Russian Dianabol and Team Sports
Russian athletes in the 1953 World Championships
as well as the Olympic games then used testosterone with great success. After
that, John Zeigler, who was a doctor working with the US Weightlifting Team,
began a cooperative project with Ciba to develop an equalizer for US atheletes.
Flash forward to 1956 and enter Dianabol
; the original trade name for Cibas Methandrostenolone... but called
"Dbol" by athletes. The original package insert said that 10mgs/day
was enough to provide full androgen replacement for a man and Dr.Zeigler
recommended that athletes take 5-10mgs/day. Incidentally, this is also the dose
that Bodybuilders were reputed to take from then until roughly the 1970s. Yeah,
this was allegedly Arnolds dose, Zanes dose, etc... simply stacked with some
testosterone. (For any trivia buffs out there, Dan Duchaines mail order steroid
business operated under the name "The John Zeigler Fan Club").
Dianabol Steroid Use
Enough with the history lesson, lets get into
what this Dianabol is, and what it does. Well, first off, its usually found in
pill form, though it can be found as an injectable also (Under the Trade name:
Reforvit-B, which is 25mgs of methandrostenolone mixed with B-vitamins). Dianabol
is a 17aa steroid, which means it has been altered at the 17th Carbon position,
to survive its first pass through your liver, and make it into your blood
stream. Dianabol will raise your blood pressure (4) and is also
hepatoxic (Liver-Toxic), so be careful with it. Although I have known people to
take up to 100mgs/day of this stuff and not suffer any ill-effects, and one
study looked at that exact dose, and the people involved didnt suffer any
intolerable side effects ( 7). Lets examine this particular study a bit
In this study, done in the early 80s, a very high
dose of Dianabol (100mgs/day for 6 weeks) decreased plasma testosterone to
about 40% of its normal value, plasma GH went up about a third, LH dropped to
about 80% of its original value, and FSH went down about a third also (these
are all approximate numbers, for the sake of brevity, but you get the idea).
Body fat did not go up significantly and Fat Free Mass went up anywhere between
2-7kgs (3.3kgs average gain). The researchers concluded that Dbol increases Fat
Free Mass as well as increasing strength and performance. I can only agree,
having found this to be the case for me when I did my first cycle (which was 6
weeks of dbol alone at 25mgs/day), I gained roughly 25lbs and kept nearly of
it. Since then, Dianabol has always had a
special place in my heart.
Dianabol Side Effects
As with many other 17aa steroids, Dianabol is
also a very weak binder to the Androgen Receptor, so most of its effects are
thought to be non-receptor mediated, and are attributable to other mechanisms
(i.e. protein synthesis as indicated by the production of muscle tissue with
very high levels of nitrogen, etc... which was indicated in the 100mg/day
study). This also means Dianabol only has a modest aromatase activity (2).
How strong is Dbol? Well...on a mg for mg basis,
most people agree that its stronger than A50...but the reason most people don't
get the same gains off of Dianabol is that almost nobody takes equivalent doses
(I mean...Ive heard of people taking 150mgs of A50, but not Dbol,
even though the dbol would probably provide more solid gains and be less toxic,
So how do we incorporate this stuff into our AAS
regimen? Clearly, the inclusion of Dianabol at any point in a cycle would
contribute to gains, however, Id speculate that Dbol is most regularly used for
- At the start of a cycle to "Kick Start" gains
- As a "Bridge" between cycles, to maintain gains
Lets examine these two uses.
In order to kick start a Dianabol cycle, usually
what you do is incorporate a fast acting oral like Dianabol (or anadrol) and
combine it with long acting injectables (such as Deca or Eq with
some Testosterone). The reasoning here is that the oral (Dbol in this case)
will give almost immediate results, while the injectable takes time to produce
results. The end result is that you start seeing results within the first week
of your cycle and continue up until the end with the injectables. This entails
taking anywhere from 25-50mgs of dbol (although as little as 20mgs or as much
as 100mgs have been reported) for 3-6 weeks at the start of a cycle (average
time for a "Kick Start" is 4 weeks, though), and then ceasing their
use as the injectables start to produce results.
In order to successfully bridge between cycles
(and this means using a low dose of AAS, in this case dbol), you need to
recover your natural hormonal levels to pre-cycle levels or to within
acceptable parameters, and then you start your next cycle. The idea here is
that you wont lose any gains, but rather a low dose of an AAS will help you
maintain them. Typically, youd use around 10mgs/day of dbol and combine it with
an aggressive Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT) course of Nolvadex
and HCG. This would
give you full androgen replacement from the Dbol and a shot at recovering your
natural hormonal levels via the other stuff you are taking. Remember, the
100mg/day dose of dbol in the study we looked at earlier did not suppress Test, LH, or FSH to a
degree that would make recovery impossible and certainly not with 1/10th that
dose in conjunction with an aggressive PCT.
All in all, this is a very good drug, and a
potent tool for quick gains or retaining gains...when used properly and safely.
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Ask any experienced performance enhancer and most will
tell you a good Dianabol
hard to beat. One of the first anabolic
steroids ever created and one of the few created for the purpose of
performance enhancement, for well over half a century athletes of all types
have implemented a Dianabol cycle into their routine. Without question much of
popularity resides in the ranks of competitive bodybuilding and power
lifting; after all, it was for Olympic strength athletes first created and
wildly popular all through the Golden A Name= Priority=ge of bodybuilding. One of the absolute
steroids for pilling on mass and increasing strength, the Methandrostenolone
not only possesses these traits but it provides them at a rapid rate. How good
is this small oral steroid, how powerful? You may be familiar with
the popular steroid
in many circles it is considered the premier oral steroid for size and
strength. While Anadrol is a quality steroid, on a milligram for milligram
basis Dianabol blows it out of the water in-terms of strength and power; it is
far more potent on a per milligram basis. So how do we use it in order to
maximize the benefits held within? Let’s take a look at how to plan a Dianabol
Off-Season Dianabol Cycle:
Without question most who supplement with the
Methandrostenolone hormone will do so when they are in their off-season mode;
simply meaning, they are trying to grow larger and become stronger. First and
foremost, yes, this steroid can be used all alone and no, it shouldn’t be. Dbol, as it is
commonly known will suppress your natural testosterone
production and exogenous testosterone is advised to be administered. For the
off-season Dianabol cycle we generally have two choices and sometimes in more
hardcore elite circles a combination of both is used; the two options include
kick starting and plateau busting.
-Kick Starting: Kick starting is the
most common point of Dbol use and simply refers to the beginning of a total
stacked cycle in a priming sense. In reality, while “priming” is often the term
used really most use it here simply because they’re eager to see gains come
quickly A Dianabol cycle for this purpose will generally last approximately 6
weeks with 4 weeks generally being the minimum and 8 weeks being the maximum.
Once the Methandrostenolone use is complete the total cycle will continue
without the Dianabol being present but by this time more foundational steroids
are well into the athletes system allowing for progression to continue.
-Plateau Busting: Plateau busting
refers to a point during an anabolic
steroid cycle in-which the individual has stagnated, gains are no longer
coming and this can be very frustrating. This can occur at any time during a
cycle but usually begins to show for most around the 8-10 week mark as the body
begins to adapt and a change is needed. This is where a Dianabol cycle can
really be useful; while it is beneficial at the beginning of a cycle it is
perhaps even more efficient here. Once the new hormone is introduced and as it
is so powerful and fast acting the plateau is busted and progression begins
again. A typical Dianabol cycle of this nature will rarely go past 6 weeks and
is often only 4 weeks.
There are some who will kick start and use this
steroid as a plateau buster but this is not something we generally recommend.
Absolutely, it will work but a Dianabol cycle can be quite toxic to the liver
and it is recommended use be kept short and brief as to maintain optimal liver
Cutting Dianabol Cycle:
It is a common myth that plagues many message boards
and it is nothing more than a myth; the myth states Dianabol makes you gain
fat. It is true, the Methandrostenolone hormone does aromatize and by this
effect can cause a lot of water retention and when bulking most rarely concern
themselves with a little water. Lets examine; water retention or bloat is not
fat, its water retention plain and simple. Further, many who bloat badly when
implementing a Dianabol cycle automatically blame the new found bloat solely on
the Dbol when more times than not a large culprit is them overeating,
especially regarding carbohydrates. Finally, if water retention is truly a bad
issue for you and it will be more pronounced in some than others, a good aromatase
inhibitor will eliminate concern. In short, if youre eating properly, not
stuffing your face like a fat cow and supplementing responsibly, massive water
retention will not be a problem and any that does occur is certainly not
body-fat; but can it be used while cutting?
Without question increasing size and strength is this
steroids primary nature but like many steroids it can serve secondary purposes
apt for other goals. When the individual is dieting a good Dianabol cycle can
aid in maintaining strength levels as they commonly drop when in a calorie
deficit; further, like most anabolic hormones Dbol will preserve lean tissue.
For the competitive bodybuilder this steroid can absolutely be used during a diet but
we wouldnt recommend it at the tail-end due to the high aromatase factor. It is
true, the Methandrostenolone hormone is perhaps not the best anabolic steroid
for dieting purposes but if it is what you have available it will more than get
the job done and the good news for you is this steroid is generally cheap and
Good Dianabol reviews, you bet, they’re out there but when it
pertains to an anabolic steroid how do you know if you’re getting
the truth? There’s no doubt about it, when you’re looking at Dianabol reviews
you need to old Fox News mantra of “Fair & Balanced” or the as Bill
O’Reilly puts it “The No Spin Zone.” After all, many Dianabol reviews and this
goes for all anabolic steroids discussed can often be so laden
with emotion that reason and logic are lost in the discussion if they were ever
present at all. When you make your search and like all things in life worth
educating yourself about you’re going to need to do some digging and a little
homework but we can provide you a bit of a cheat sheet. Quality unbiased
Dianabol reviews will include several things as well as be absent several
others; know how to spot those and you’ll be well on your way to understanding
one of the most popular anabolic androgenic steroids of all
A Must for Dianabol Reviews:
Any of the thousands of dianabol reviews will include
the following information on one level or another and while some may be more
detailed they should touch on each issue before stating opinions or relaying
stories and accounts of any kinds; these items include:
- A brief
Discussion of the Dianabol hormone
what is it, where does it come from what is its nature, etc.
- Why do
people supplement with Dianabol; each steroid has
unique purposes and traits and if a review lumps them altogether this is
often a sign of inaccuracy right off the bat.
are the side-effects of Methandrostenolone?
aside, how does an individual maximize use; what are the benefits and how
are they obtained?
At the same time, when we examine Dianabol reviews if
we find they include the above four bullet points they must do so in a specific
manner. For example, if a side-effect is stated can it be reinforced by showing
how such an effect exist; if it cannot it is worthless. Does it downplay
benefits despite obvious evidence, does it lump the benefits of this steroid
into a one size fits all? If so, again, it is worthless.
The Specifics of Dianabol Reviews:
Before you begin your search into Dianabol reviews
lets go ahead and give you a little more help; some hard basic facts about the
is a trade name for the anabolic
androgenic steroid Methandrostenolone and as is
common most refer to all Methandrostenolone by its most common trade name.
is a C17-aa oral anabolic steroid and as such presents a level of liver
toxicity. The extent of its hepatic nature on the body will largely be
dose dependent and dependent on the individuals liver health to begin with
but in most men enzyme values return to normal immediately if
responsibility is implored.
is well-suited for mass and strength and will not do much in-terms of
hardening a physique
has a half-life of approximately 5 hours and doses should be daily spread
out evenly each day to maintain stable levels.
is only mildly androgenic and highly anabolic.
- Dbol, as it is
most commonly known will aromatize.
water retention, high blood pressure and improper cholesterol are all
possible yet each condition is easily avoidable with responsibility.
hepatic Dianabol is not as toxic to the liver as daily alcohol
was created for the purpose of performance enhancement by U.S. Olympic
Team doctor John Zeigler and brought to us by Ciba Pharmaceuticals.
supplementation has never been the cause of death in any individual.
The Meat of Dianabol Reviews:
Now you know what to look for and the above will help
you wade through the trash; understand there is going to be a whole lot of
trash. When you find Dianabol reviews that meet the criteria here, then and
only then can you take the opinion of the reviewer as worthwhile and worthy of
consideration; regardless of what that opinion might be. Unfortunately, in the
world of anabolic steroids
logical thinking such as this has long ago been placed in the trash; many opt
for hysteria simply because weve been conditioned for hysteria for so long when
it comes to performance enhancing. While this is true with many other topics in
life as well and such a problem has existed in man since the beginning of time,
when we understand the basic truths of certain anabolic steroids we can easily
get to the bottom of the truth once and for all.
All anabolic androgenic steroids
carry with them the potential for negative side-effects. The probability
largely varies from one steroid to the next and often
dose and individual response play a massive role; in-fact, individual response
may indeed be the most important factor. As is with so many things in life some
individuals have no negative response no matter how much of a particular item
is present, for example, certain foods, while another person can look at the
same food and become sick. The same can be said of most all anabolic
androgenic steroids but
the good news is for healthy adult men toleration is generally high and
side-effects are often avoidable or reversible when responsibility is implored.
Lets take a look at one of the most popular anabolic
steroids of all time Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)
and see what we find
Common Dianabol Side-Effects:
The two most common Dianabol side-effects are
without question Gynecomastia (male breast
enlargement) and excess water retention or bloat. Both of these reactions are
due to the hormone aromatizing
(converting into estrogen) and as estrogen
increases in the body these effects can become present. For most Gynecomastia
is avoidable but for quite a few their sensitivity will be so great that
nothing short of having their glands removed from their pecs will save them. In
most cases a good aromatase inhibitor will
as it is commonly known with Arimidex and Letrozole
being our best choices.
As it pertains to water retention, the same
estrogenic effect is responsible and yet again an aromatase inhibitor will
largely reduce and often prevent bloat to any serious degree. We must note, as
it is a common misunderstanding; many who supplement with Dbol do so
when bulking and when they bloat they immediately point to this hormone as the
culprit. Absolutely, it may very well play a role but nine times out of ten the
primary culprit is the individual eating too much, particularly in the way of
carbohydrates. Yes, Dianabol side-effects can include water retention but such
a side-effect is so easily controlled that if it does become a problem for you
then you need to examine other aspects of your plan.
Two other primary Dianabol side-effects include
high blood pressure and inefficient cholesterol levels. For those who already
have high blood pressure this is a steroid you must avoid and if youre
predisposed to a high blood pressure condition you are advised to seek
alternative steroids without question. Those who have a healthy blood pressure
and who do not overdo the dose will generally be fine; in-fact, its not
uncommon to see an athlete supplement with
30mg-50mg of Dbol a day and never see his blood pressure go up.
The same can be said of cholesterol; your current
condition and predisposition will play a large role. Further, if you are
healthy and use responsibly youll more than likely be fine. However, it is
always best to err on the side of caution and as such it is recommended you
ensure your diet is rich in healthy fats, especially those of an
Omega Fatty-Acid nature. Such fats have been proven to improve total
cholesterol levels greatly and many Dbol users who have dealt with Dianabol
side-effects of a cholesterol nature often see their levels improve when omegas
are added. Lets not forget Omega Fatty-Acids are simply good for you to begin
with and play many important roles in the muscle game and in our general
Liver Related Dianabol Side-Effects:
Methandrostenolone is an oral anabolic
steroid by way of its C17-Alpha Alkylated (17-aa) structure. This
classification refers to the Methandrostenolone hormone being altered at the
17th carbon position in order for it to survive the first pass through the
liver; without the structural change the hormone would be destroyed before it
ever entered the blood stream. All Dianabol tablets are of a 17-aa nature and
as such Dianabol side-effects can often be of a liver toxic nature as the 17-aa
change is quite hepatic. While there are many 17-aa steroids Dbol as it is most
commonly known is one of the more liver toxic on the market and caution should
be applied. When we supplement with this hormone Dianabol side-effects will
assuredly include an increase in liver enzymes but the good news is for healthy
men they will return to normal once use is discontinued and quite rapidly. Even
so, this is where responsibility comes in; our general lifestyle needs to be
liver friendly to begin with so as to not burden the organ with too much undue
stress. You are highly advised to avoid all other oral medications while this
hormone is in play and please limit your alcohol consumption as daily alcohol
consumption is more toxic to the liver than Dbol will ever be.
Dianabol Side-Effects Testosterone:
For one reason or another many people believe
some anabolic androgenic steroids do not suppress testosterone
and this simply isnt so. It is true, the level of suppression varies with each
form; for example, Deca-Durabolin will suppress
production completely after one dose, while milder steroids such as Anavar only
suppress slightly but slightly is still suppression. In our case here, one of
the often forgotten Dianabol side-effects is in-fact testosterone suppression.
It will not suppress to the degree of Nandrolone
but it is more than enough to warrant a need for exogenous testosterone therapy.