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Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)


History of Methandrostenolone

Dr. John Bosley Ziegler was the first distributor of dbol to United States Olympic athletes. However, this was only done after he became suspicious at the 1960 European Championships that the Russians were doping their athletes. Of course, he was correct. After giving the methandrostenolone to US athletes, it became evident that the performance enhancing benefits of the drug were huge. Believe it or not, there was a cold-war doping battle, for years, until proper anti-doping testing was developed.

What is Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)?

Dianabol (or Dbol as it's commonly known) is a historical steroid. It's the second steroid to be produced after pure testosterone derivatives, and I don't mean cypionate – I mean straight suspension.

In fact, dbol is essentially oral testosterone, except for two differences: one, it has an added double carbon bond at 1-2, and, two, it's 17 alpha-alkylated (17aa). 17aa means it can enter the liver and pass into the body without being destroyed by the liver. At the same time, the added carbon bond is supposed to reduce aromatization, meaning convert less into estrogen. (Click Here to Listen to our Podcast episode discussing Dianabol)

What are the side effects of dianabol?

Although, originally, dianabol was designed to aromatize (convert to estrogen) less than testosterone, it ended up being a lot more estrogenic than first thought. It converts into a potent estrogen in the body, which explains the usual bloating, blood pressure, gynecomastia (gyno) and headaches caused by prolonged used.

With prolonged use, dianabol can be hepatotoxic; meaning, it can damage the liver and cause health problems. In addition, anecdotal evidence of back pumps have been related to possible problems with kidneys and blood flow issues. Therefore, it's highly suggested you always use cycle-aids like N2Guard and Cardarine (GW-501516) with dbol.

Let's list some of the major side effects:

  • Blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Liver problems (hepatotoxicity)
  • Kidney problems (renal disease)
  • Estrogen spikes (high estrogen levels)
  • Bloating (water retention)
  • Gynecomastia (bitch tits)

Lastly, dianabol should NOT be used by women due to masculinising effects. Essentially, it will turn women into men and fast.

How to use dbol and at what dosages?

Dbol is used as a bulking steroid that produces mostly 'wet' gains (puffy look). It's mostly added as a kick start to bulking steroid cycles during the first 6 weeks. This is done to allow for the longer ester injectable steroids to produce results, while the dianabol provides quick gains – strength, size, mass and confidence. It's usually stacked with deca durabolin, testosterone or trenbolone.

Although it's used as a kick starter to many bulkers, it doesn't mean it can't be a stand alone cycle. If used with Cardarine (GW-501516), aromasin, and winstrol, dianabol can become a stand alone oral cycle. Granted, the cycle will be short, maximum 8 weeks, but you'll see some wet, hard gains, which will be worth the effort.

Dosages of dianabol vary depending on your goals. If you're stacking with a long ester injectable steroid, you should be doing around 30mgs per day, up to 50mgs per day. If you're using it in an oral only cycle, you can get up to 75mgs per day, but you really have to be careful with the side effects.

There is a bridge theory, where you can use 10mgs per day for months with little side effects or problems with HPTA. Having tried this, I can say that it's only valid if you're using it with an AI (aromatase inhibitor) like arimidex or a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator) like nolvadex. Otherwise, you'll be constantly bloated, even with a low 10mg/day dose.

Can you give me some dianabol cycles?

I am going to give you 2 cycles to work with. An oral only dbol cycle, and an long-ester injectable steroid mix, as explained beforehand.

Beginner oral only dianabol cycle

Week Dianabol Winstrol Cardarine
Aromasin N2Guard
1 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
2 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
3 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
4 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
5 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
6 40mgs/day 50mgs/day 20mgs/day 10mgs/day 7caps/day
7 20mgs/day 25mgs/day 20mgs/day 5mgs/day 7caps/day
8 10mgs/day 25mgs/day 20mgs/day 5mgs/day 7caps/day

Injectable and Oral mix bulking cycle

Week DecaDurabolin Sustanon 250 Dianabol OstraineMK-2866 Aromasin N2Guard
1 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
2 400mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
3 400mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
4 400mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
5 400mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
6 400mgs/week 40mgs/day 25mgs/day 25mgs/day 7caps/day
7 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day
8 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day
9 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day
10 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day
11 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day
12 400mgs/week 500mgs/week 25mgs/day 12.5mgs/day 7caps/day

What are some dianabol trade and alternative names?

There are a lot of different names because the product has been on the market for ages.

  • Methandrostenolone
  • Averbol
  • Dianabol
  • Danabol
  • metandienone
  • methandienone
  • dbol
  • anabol
  • dianabol ds
  • dbolic
  • dianabolos
  • metanabol
  • methan 50
  • naposim
  • naps
  • methanabol

Which labs produce dbol?

I'm going to list both UG labs and pharmaceuticals labs, as you can find both on the market today.

  • ciba laboratories
  • british dispensary
  • balkan pharmaceuticals
  • alpha pharma
  • body research
  • geneza pharmaceuticals
  • maxpro
  • gs labs
  • bd gear
  • british dragon
  • asia pharma
  • swiss pharm
  • terapia
  • genesis

What are dianabol detection times?

In the past it was thought that methandrostenolone can be detected in the urine for 3 to 4 days, but new testing methods have showed you can detect it for up to 19-20 days.  Interesting fact, I've had clients who tested positive for methandrostenolone metabolites 30 days afters stopping the last dose.

What is the half-life of dianabol?

The half-life is around 4 to 6 hours. Though, I've seen studies that pinpoint half life at around 5 hours. Therefore, you should take multiple daily dosages. Most bodybuilders split into 3 dosages: AM, pre-workout, PM.

What popular athletes have used dbol?

Both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sergio Oliva admitted to using dianabol; though, there are plenty of other athletes using it, including all IFBB pros.

What forms is methandrostenolone sold in?

You can buy methandrostenolone in oral (tablets and capsules), liquid (oral) and injectable. The injectable version is rare, but it follows the same theory as winstrol. You can drink injectable version of dbol, as it's 17aa.

Can you show me some dianabol videos?

Sure, we have 2 good videos for you.

Dianabol Explanation video


Do you have some dbol pictures or photos?

Of course, here are some pictures of popular dianabol bottles.

la pharma dianabol bottle
anabol dianabol
Dianabol Dbol exposed and explained


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Albert Wolfgang is a professional medical writer with over 20 years of experience. He hold multiple personal training certifications, including the coveted NASM and AFAA certificates. He graduated with honors with a B.S. and M.S. in biochemistry with a minor in physical studies. Albert and his team have trained over 100 IFBB professional bodybuilders, including Hollywood stars and many up and coming fitness stars.

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