Winstrol, or Winny as it is commonly referred to, is an extremely popular anabolic steroid which is available in both oral and injectable forms. The drug itself is infact called stanozolol (a dihydrotestosterone derivative); with Winstrol being a popular brand name of the drug which most recreational users label the steroid.
Winstrol is widely available as an anabolic steroid - being produced by a variety of so-called underground labs. Many labs produce Winstrol in 10mg and 50mg tablets. As mentioned; Winstrol is available in both tablet and injectable formats, with the former being very popular among first time steroid users who prefer to opt for the needleless option.
Those embarking on a Winstrol cycle will notice steady, solid gains of muscle tissue, with no water retention witnessed from the use of the drug (unlike when following a Dianabol cycle).
Winstrol is available as a liquid which can be administered via an intra-muscular injection, and in tablet form which can be easily swallowed. Unlike oral Dianabol which has a short active life in the body, Winstrol is active to up to two days, and therefore there is no need in splitting your daily dosage of Winstrol to maintain stable blood levels. The daily dose can be consumed in one sitting.
It should not make much difference on what time of the day you orally consume the dose, but you may want to take it before a meal to try to avoid any slim chances of stomach upsets.
Oral Winstrol cycles (i.e. those taking the drug via tablet form) would likely opt for a daily oral dose of 40-80mg. Dosages of 50-100mg are common for the injectable format of the steroid. Cycles tend to last 5-6 weeks in duration. Those new to steroid use and/or Winstrol would be best opting for the lower end of the dosage range, with the more experience users maybe opting for the upper end of the dose mentioned, or maybe surpassing it if they should decide to (although the extra benefits of such a dose will quickly diminish and be over-shadowed by the negative hepatotoxic nature of the drug i.e. it is harsh on the liver).
Winstrol is a popular steroid to stack with other anabolic steroids during a cycle. The compounds stacked with the drug will mainly be determined by the goals of the user, although many bodybuilders tend to use Winstrol for cutting phases (when the goal is to preserve lean muscle tissue whilst reducing body fat). Those looking to build muscle tissue may stack Winstrol with testosterone due to Winstrols ability to heighten the anabolic effects of the cycle whilst also adding no oestrogen side effects to the stack. On the other hand, stacking Winstrol with a drug such as Trenbolone is popular during a cutting phase where the user can accomplish a very hard and defined appearance whilst reducing bodyfat via cardio and diet.
It is worth mentioning that Winstrol has long been popular with track and field athletes (the ones that dope at least). The drug adds some lean body mass, but is very effective for those who do not wish to add much weight, yet add muscle strength and power. It is therefore popular among sprinters, jumpers and throwers.
Of concern to any user of Winstrol during a cycle should be its intoxicating effect on the liver. The drug is a 17aa structured steroid, meaning it has been structured in a way which allows it to be orally bio-available, yet this has the negative effect of making Winstrol potentially harmful to the liver. It is therefore paramount the duration of a Winstrol cycle is limited, the dose of the drug is not excessive, the user does not stack it with other hepatotoxic compounds, does not drink alcohol whilst on cycle, and does not use Winstrol if they have an underlying medical condition which effects the livers health. There are supplements available which also help protect the liver (Milk Thistle, Liv-52 etc), and these would be advisable during any Winstrol cycle.
Acne cannot be ruled out whilst using Winstrol, or after its use.
Anti-oestrogens are not required during a Winstrol only cycle, as the steroid does not convert to oestrogen - and therefore side effects such as the build up of subcutaneous fluids is of no concern, nor is Gynecomastia (the formation of breast tissue).
As with all steroid cycles which have the ability to suppress natural testosterone production, a proper PCT (post cycle therapy) is paramount once the Winstrol cycle has ceased.