Nandrolone laurate (Laurabolin) is an injectable form of nandrolone. When comparing this compound to Deca Durabolin, it is essential to understand the difference in the carbon atoms. In this particular case, the laurate ester contains 2 longer carbon atoms, giving it an even longer half life than that of the decanoate ester.
Fig 1. Laurabolin
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Laurate ester is also commonly called dodeacnoic (dodecanoic) or laurostearic (lauric stearic) acid, and it is the longest releasing ester used in commercial steroid production. It has a half life of about 18 days vs. 14 days seen with deca durabolin. The advantage of this ester is that less injections are needed, and it will remain in the body for a longer time once you stop taking it.
During the 1960's, the discovery of nandrolones exploded the bodybuilding scene. Nandrolone laurate (Laurabolin) was first prescribed for humans, but by 1969 it became known as a veterinary drug sold on the German drug market. However, the popularity of the Organon brand with its deca durabolin overshadowed Nandrolone laurate and caused it to be discontinued.
Today, it is exclusively a veterinary drug sold in Central and South America, and also parts of Europe and Australia.
Background and Facts
Laurabolin has the nandrolone properties of being a mild anabolic steroid with some androgenic qualities. However, it is far less androgenic than other compounds.
Interestingly, it is mostly used for domestic and farm animals, to help with elderly animals, and also those suffering from low weight from illness or any type of catabolic health issue. Just like other veterinary drugs, some athletes will get a hold of Laurabolin, and use it for bodybuilding purposes.
Laurabolin has the typical side effects of nandrolones, most of which are mild. However, there is some interaction that occurs with both the estrogen and progesterone receptors, so it is recommended to use an aromatase inhibitor (AI), especially if you decide to stack it with testosterone, or any other aromatizating compound. Estrogen and progesterone side effects such as gynecomastia, water retention, and high blood pressure are possible.
The importance of PCT with Laurabolin
Another big problem with Nandrolone laurate is how long it will stay in your system because of its incredibly stubborn half life. When you take anabolic steroids, your pituitary glands will shut down the production of luteinizing hormone (LH), and even if there are small amounts of foreign hormones left in your body, it will continue to prevent any sort of recovery. Therefore, it is essential for you to run a very thorough and patient post cycle therapy (PCT). Otherwise, you can face major recovery problems after cycle. Please see the perfect pct for more information.
Athletes can expect very slow and steady results from using Nandrolone laurate. Compared to the “faster” steroids, such as trenbolone or dianabol, Laurabolin's mass and strength gains will be much easier to keep.
Obviously, with the longer half life it will stretch out the ester much longer than other compounds, so stacking is going to be important in order to get the best results. Just like with all nandrolones, I would recommend to stack Laurabolin with a DHT derivative compound such as masteron or proviron, along with a more androgenic compound to give it a kick (testosterone for example). It would also be a smart decision to use an oral steroid to kickstart the cycle, as it will probably take several weeks to notice anything substantial from Laurabolin due to the long ester.
The half life on Nandrolone laurate (Laurabolin) is quite long at around 18 days. Keep in mind that half life is not active life, it simply means that if you inject 200 milligrams (mgs), after the duration of the half life only half this amount will remain in your system, and so on. Hence, as you can imagine, this compound will stick around for a solid 6 weeks period after stoppage.
Nandrolone laurate is sold on the veterinary market of certain countries in either 20 or 50 mg/ml amounts. Males should take approximately 200-400mg per week, and injections are needed only once a week.
Females can experiment with nandrolones because of their mild nature and low androgenic tendencies. Nevertheless, they are still somewhat androgenic, so no more than 50 mgs per week is advised for women, and if virilization issues occur, laurabolin's use should be immediately ceased.