Methandienone is a derivative
of testosterone, exhibiting strong anabolic and moderate androgenic
properties. This compound was first made available in 1960, and
it quickly became the most favored and widely used anabolic steroid
in all forms of athletics. This is likely due to the fact that
it is both easy to use and extremely effective. In the U.S. Dianabol
production had meteoric history, exploding for quite some time,
then quickly dropping out of sight.
Many were nervous in the late 80`s when the last of the U.S.
generics were removed from pharmacy shelves, the medical community
finding no legitimate use for the drug anymore. But the fact that
Dianabol has been off the U.S. market for over 10 years now has
not cut its popularity. It remains the most commonly used black
market oral steroid in the U.S. As long as there are countries
manufacturing this steroid, it will probably remain so.
Similar to testosterone
and Anadrol 50, Methandienone (other
known as Dianabol) is a potent steroid, but also one which brings
about noticeable side effects. For starters methandienone is quite
estrogenic. Gynecomastia is often a concern during treatment,
and may present itself quite early into a cycle (particularly
when higher doses are used). At the same time water retention
can become a pronounced problem, causing a notable loss of muscle
definition as both subcutaneous water and fat build. Sensitive
individuals may therefore want to keep the estrogen under control
with the addition of an anti-estrogen such as Nolvadex and/or
The stronger drugs Arimidex, Femara, or Aromasin (antiaromatase)
would be a better choice if available. In addition, androgenic
side effects are common with this substance, and may include bouts
of oily skin, acne and body/facial hair growth. Aggression may
also be increased with a potent steroid such as this, so it would
be wise not to let your disposition change for the worse during
With Dianabol there is also the possibility of aggravating a
male pattern baldness condition. Sensitive individuals may therefore
wish to avoid this drug and opt for a milder anabolic such as
Deca-Durabolin. While Dianabol does convert to a more potent steroid
via interaction with the 5-alpha reductase anzyme (the same enzyme
responsible for converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone),
it has extremely little affinity to do so in the human body`s.
The androgenic metabolite 5alpha dihydromethandrostenolone is
therefore produced only in trace amounts at best.
Therefore the use of Proscar/Propecia would serve no real purpose.
Being moderately androgenic, Methandienone is really only a popular
steroid with men. When used by women, strong virilization symptoms
are of course a possible result. Some do however experiment with
it, and find low doses (5mg) of this steroid extremely powerful
for new muscle growth. Whenever taken, Methandienone (dianabol)
will produce exceptional mass and strength gains. It`s effectiveness
is often compared to other strong steroids like testosterone and
Anadrol 50, and it is likewise a popular choice for bulking purposes.
A daily dosage of 20-40mg is enough to give almost anybody dramatic
results. Some do venture much higher in dosage, but this practice
usually leads to a more profound incidence of side effects. It
additionally combines well with a number of other steroids. It
is noted to mix particularly well with the mild anabolic Deca-Durabolin.
Together one can expect an exceptional muscle and strength gains,
with side effects not much worse than one would expect from Dianabol
alone. For all out mass, a long acting testosterone ester like
enanthate can be used.
With the similarly high estrogenic/androgenic properties of this
androgen, side effects may be extreme with such a combination
however. Gains would be great as well, which usually makes such
an endeavor worthwhile to the user. As discussed earlier, ancillary
drugs can be added to reduce the side effects associated with
this kind of cycle.