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Dianabol (Methendrostenolone) – king of oral steroids

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Dianabol (Methandrostrenolone)-chemical-structure

Dianabol (Methandrostrenolone) chemical structure

Dianabol (commonly known as “D-bol”) is considered by many to be the “King” of oral steroids. And it’s no wonder. Mg per mg it packs the biggest punch of any other form of anabolic enhancement. (With the possible exception of Trenbolone).

Even in cases where people don’t like the results, D-bol’s impact cannot be denied. And what’s usually the case with D-bol haters is that they simply do not understand the results. For example, D-bol is known to cause vicious, sometimes even painful pumps. Well…YEAH. It’ SUPPOSED to! That’s what’s causing the muscles to expand, fill with blood and nutrients and ultimately grow. It should be embraced, not avoided. There are other misunderstandings that I’ll address in a minute, but first… a little background.

Dianabol was the first oral steroid ever developed, and in many ways, it’s never gotten any better. It’s ironic that Dianabol was originally designed to be a safer, gentler alternative to testosterone. It was developed by John Zeigler for the Ciba drug company – partly in response to American athletes suddenly doing so poorly in international competition. Zeigler and his team knew is was due to Eastern European athletes using testosterone so he set out to match the muscle and strength building impact of pure testosterone without the harsh side effects. (A pretty brilliant and ambitious goal). Well, he succeeded in more ways than he imagined. D-bol did have a higher anabolic component than testosterone but what was pure genius on Ziegler’s part was how he altered the molecular structure to make the drug more biologically active. That increased its effectiveness but paradoxically made it a greater health risk. The reason for this is the process known as 17 alpha alkalalyzation, which is a process that prevents the liver from breaking it down. Since the drug is re-circulated, it remains active longer thus resulting in a greater effect on muscle tissue. But there’s a down side. The 17 alpha alkalization process is a severe strain to the liver. It also prevents liver from doing what it’s meant to do – filter out impurities. So as is the case with any oral steroids, you get a triple whammy – the liver must filter the drug, the 17 AA causes additional organ stress, plus all the other impurities and toxins that cannot be removed wind up overtaxing the liver. Zeigler didn’t see that one coming and later in life he’d gone on record as saying he actually regretted having invented it.

anabol dianabolYet, here we are, 70 years later, and D-Bol still rules! Why? Well, it’s still the best bang for the buck. And speaking of “bucks” D-bol is also very economical. Compared to other steroids in regard to effectiveness, it’s one of the least expensive. For example, on a 6-week cycle, 100 10 mg d-bol is going to give far more dramatic results than the same amount of Anavar. And it’ll do so at half the price. And though Anadrol is thought of as a powerful mass producing steroid that is not particularly expensive, a cycle of 50 mgs of D-bol a day will produce greater pure muscle gains than 50 mgs of Drol a day at about the same price.

Dianabol is both androgenic and anabolic. It increases male characteristics (though a little less than testosterone) and enhances nitrogen retention (a little more than testosterone). Being an oral it works very quickly and results can be noticed in a matter of days. However, much of the increased size that is noticed is water (or more accurately blood volume). Dianabol increases red blood cell production which “packs on size” -- fast. That’s what causes the incredible pumps during training, which in turn sends more nutrients to the muscle mitochondria. Dianabol gives that bulky “bodybuilder” look to a physique. Plus, it makes you stronger. A LOT stronger. Put it all together and you have a bodybuilders dream. To put it simply – Dianabol is fu**ing awesome!

Many of the old timers used Dianabol exclusively with great results, though many people claim the results are soon lost after cessation of the drug. That’s not really true. What you lose is that huge spike in blood volume, so soon after a cycle you seem to somewhat “deflate.” That doesn’t mean you lose the gains. It just means the extra size that D-bol gives while it’s active in your bloodstream will diminish. If you used the drug properly and trained in a manner to build muscle, the muscle will remain.

10-20 mgs a day is an effective dosage but most people take more – up to 50 mgs. Some “advanced” lifters go as high as 100 mgs but that is when you can expect some serious problems. It also makes one wonder about the legitimacy of some of the milligram claims. Most guys who’ve been at this game since the days when D-bol was legal and available at you local pharmacy with a prescription (can you imagine?) say that most of the stuff being sold by UG labs, or even foreign so-called “pharm grade” products simply does not match the strength of the original Ciba Dianabol. This may also be why younger guys do not believe the old timers did only 5- 10 mgs and looked so amazing. It’s probably because the 10 mgs the old timers were using was comparable to today’s 50 mgs! Nevertheless, since the results are so intense, it’s no wonder the temptation is to go with ever increasing dosage. And the bottom line with D-bol is…more will do more. It’s just so damn powerful. Unfortunately, too many people don’t train hard enough or eat properly to get the maximum effect of the drug. It’s obviously easier to just take more drug than to work harder. And D-bol will make you grow even with minimal training, however in that case; it will produce a soft watery look. So whenever anyone says D-bol just bloats you, it’s a good guess that they’re not using it correctly – or more accurately, they’re using too much, and simply not training seriously enough.

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If D-bol weren’t so liver toxic, you might be tempted to take it every day, all day long! Beyond the muscle building capabilities, it also works almost like a recreational drug in that it creates a sense of euphoria. It can be considered illogical that guys will take Tren and be willing to feel like crap because of the results, meanwhile D-bol makes you feel great! If you want a more “cosmetic” drug to add vascularity and hardness you can add Masteron which is also a bit of a “feel good” drug with relatively few side effects. Having said that, D-Bol stacks with Tren very, very well though that combo is hardly for the casual steroid user.

D-bol is actually a pretty good “entry” drug even though it isn’t thought so because of its power and potential for side effects. But a simple 10 mgs a day 4 week cycle is a great way for someone to test the waters of steroid use, see results and not take too many chances with his health.

D-bol is NOT recommended for women, though if a 10 mg tab can be broken into quarters it’s a viable option for professional female competitors looking for more mass. That’s a personal choice. I guess the point is, why take taking 20 mgs of Winstrol (which can certainly have androgenic side effects in women) when it would not be all that different from taking 2 1/2 mgs of D-bol in both benefit and side effects.

Dianabol does have its drawbacks. For one thing it’s very harsh on the hairline. (Bummer). Because of the water retaining properties and quick weight gain that comes along with it, there’s the risk of hypertension as well. As mentioned, it’s liver toxic and it also aromatizes to estrogen so using some arimidex or aromasin in conjunction with it is essential. Back acne is another unpleasant side effect. And worst of all, there’s the chance of gynecomastia – swollen breast tissue that look like little breasts. (Major bummer). At dosages of 50 mgs a day and above the chances are more likely that you’ll experience some of these effects to some degree.

D-Bol does come in an injectable form but that’s just a veterinarian version of the same 17 AA drug. In other words, there’s no advantage to injecting it since it works in the same manner as taking it orally, with the same liver strain. (Okay, maybe you bypass ONE passing through the liver since it’s directly in the bloodstream but it’s inconsequential in the long run.

As for stacking, D-bol comes through again. No matter what you take, D-bol will kick any cycle to another level. Adding a milder more anabolic steroid like Primobolan is a perfect compliment. Years ago, the Dianabol/Deca Durabolin combo was a big favorite and between the two you could expect to grow like a weed. The problem with that stack however is that Deca also increases the risk of gyno. Together, it’s a potential bitch tit nightmare. Stick with non-aromatized compounds when stacking.

When using Dianabol it’s recommended to take something to guard against liver damage and high blood pressure such as N2GUARD by needtobuildmuscle.com

PCT is a vital component with any Dianabol cycle. The use of HCG to restore HPTA function is highly recommended since D-bol is highly suppressive. (Another thing Zeigler didn’t count on). You’ll also want to get testosterone levels up as soon as possible to maintain the gains from a D-bol cycle. Two natural supplements that will help in that regard are UNLEASHED from Protein Factory and BRIDGE from needtobuldmuscle. Another suggested choice is GEAR, also from NTBM. It creates a higher anabolic environment to help replicate the anabolism generated from the D-bol. Of course, NOTHING is going to match what D-Bol does but the key is to give yourself every advantage. There’s no sense in throwing it all away just because you lose some of the size you had while on.

D-bol is most definitely a bulking steroid in that you can expect to gain a lot of weight quickly. Then again, some of those old timers got pretty cut using ONLY D-bol but come contest time through, diet, faster “pump” style of training and sweating out the excess water, they wound up lean and defined.

Since Dianabol is relatively inexpensive it isn’t too often counterfeited. In fact, many other oral steroids are often just low dose dianabol. Some UG lab can sell what they claim is 20 mgs of Turinabol when it’s just 10 mgs of Dianabol. It’d be hard to tell. But even though it isn’t an expensive compound, some Dianabol has been tested to be Methyl testosterone – and even cheaper and harsher compound. And as mentioned, the actual dosage is always in question. When people speak of one UG lab having “good” D-bol or “better” D-bol…well, there’s no such thing. The compound is the compound. What’s more likely the case is one is higher dosed than another, or, simply more pure. All oral steroids use binders and sometimes that binder makes up more of the tablet than the milligram dose suggests.

Assuming your source is good and the quality is pure, D-bol is a kick ass addition to any cycle. At one time it was regarded as the MAIN drug and that still isn’t a bad idea. At 50 mgs a day (which comes to just 350 mgs a week) all you would need is 500 mgs of an injectable to have a VERY effective cycle. 500 mgs of Test would put on serious mass and 500 mgs of Masteron will create freaky density. And realize, that’s only two compounds at a total amount of under a gram a week.

There’s an old expression that still holds true – if you can’t grow on Dianabol, you can’t grow on anything. It works for everybody. Every time. And every bodybuilder who chooses to use steroids should try it out. It’s the steroid by which all others are judged. And in many ways, has never been topped.

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Nelson Montana is a classical bodybuilder and an industry expert. He was one of the first in the 1990s to write about bodybuilding. He's written for large magazines, like T-Nation and has been on multiple editorial boards. Nelson is a certified personal trainer, he has over 40 years of experience, and he's a senior bodybuilding champion, natural! He's over 60 and he looks amazing.

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