Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Name: Methandrostenolone
Other common names and terms: Dinanbol, Diana, D-Bol
Active Life: 8 hours
Drug Class: Oral Anabolic Androgenic Steroid
Detection Time: 5 weeks
Chemical structure: 17 beta-hydroxy-17alpha-methyl-1,4-androstadien-3-one
Common doses: 20-50mg a day
Blood pressure: High risk
Acne: High risk if prone
Water retention: If prone can be high
Aromatisation: Yes, high rate
DHT conversion: None worth noting
Decrease HPTA function: Yes
Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) structure Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) Structure

Methandrostenolone is a derivative of testosterone, and exhibits a strong anabolic effect along with a moderate androgenic effect. Methandrostenolone is also commonly known as 'dianabol' which is the old Ciba brand name. Methandrostenolone is an oral steroid, which is potent.

Being an aromatising steroid, oestrogen related side effects can be expected with the use of methandrostenolone. Gynecomastia could be experienced during the course, or after, when excessive oestrogen levels may be experienced. Gynecomastia is the formation of breast tissue, and is commonly first noticed as puffy and/or sore nipples. If this is observed by the user the introduction of an anti-oestrogen such as nolvadex may help relieve the condition. A better option if available however would be the inclusion of an anti-aromatase such as arimidex, femara, or aromasin.
Water retention is common with the use of methandrostenolone, which can give the user a much less defined look. Blood pressure should ideally be checked when using this drug. Back and shin pumps are common, making cardiovascular activities difficult. This makes methandrostenolone not a common choice for cutting cycles.

Due to its androgenic nature, we can expect the drug to bring about related side effects in prone users, such as oily skin/acne, aggressiveness, excess body hair, and male pattern balding. Proscar will not be effective however, as the androgenic metabolite 5alpha dihydromethandrostenolone is only produced in small amounts. Acne and oily skin can become an issue in prone users, and many will opt for lower doses which are more tolerable, or not use the compound all together. It may not be wise to add the treatment of accutane to the cycle to prevent acne and oily skin, as both the accutane and c17 alpha alkylated steroid can cause excessive stress to the liver, which we wish to avoid.

Being a c17 alpha alkylated steroid, we want to avoid excessive dosage and duration of use. 30mg for 6 weeks can be an effective dose for first timers to gauge their reaction to the drug, whilst giving the user decent gains in muscle strength and mass. Unusual yellowing of the skin can be a sign of jaundice, and if noticed the drug should be discontinued straight away, and a visit to the doctor is important as soon as possible. Drinking alcohol whilst using c17 alpha alkylated compounds is not advised to avoid excessive strain on the liver which can cause damage.

There is a lot of debate on the splitting of dosage when using methandrostenolone. Many claim the dosage is best split up as much as possible to give more even concentrations, seen as the drug has a half life of around 4 hours. Others claim it is more worthwhile taking the whole dosage a few hours before training, hopefully creating an environment which will create less impact on the hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular axis as there is more time during the day when steroid levels are not excessive. The extra androgenic aggressiveness may help with lifts in the gym, and androgenic metabolism may help with the uptake of nutrients during the important hours post training.

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