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Anadrol vs. Dbol

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Anadrol Profile

Anadrol, chemical name Oxymetholone, is an oral anabolic androgenic steroid (AAS), which mainly comes in 50mg tablets. Nowadays, it is used solely by bodybuilders who call these tablets A-bombs.

Like most anabolic steroids, Anadrol was originally developed in 1960 for medical purposes. It was used for treatment of osteoporosis, anemia, and to prevent muscle wasting in malnourished patients. Later on, anadrol gained popularity for use in HIV treatment, but it has been replaced with more gentle hormones due to its strong side effects.

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Fig 1. Anadrol (Anapolon)

Anadrol Side Effects

Although anadrol is a DHT derivative and cannot directly aromatize, still it will cause water retention because it can stimulate estrogen receptors. Therefore, it is important to use an aromatase inhibitor (AI) while on Anadrol to prevent such estrogenic side effects as gynecomastia (man boobs), bloating, high blood pressure, insomnia, and other water retention related sides.

Anadrol is capable of putting on tons of mass in a short time frame, which can cause organ and lipid strain. This means you can have problems with kidneys and cholesterol levels. Finally, just like most oral anabolic steroids, anadrol is 17AA, so it stresses the liver. As a result, liver protection in the form of N2Guard is recommended.

Use of Anadrol

Anadrol is used by those who want to bulk in a short time, never by those who are looking to cut down for a photo session or a show. Developed medically to promote muscle growth, it does a great job of adding mass and strength quickly, and makes a great kickstart to a bulking cycle.

Powerlifters who do not have to worry about dropping weight classes use anadrol, but those who need to make their weight class should choose something else.

Anadrol Dosage

Bodybuilders and powerlifters will have great results on 25-50 milligrams (mgs) of anadrol per day, and there are serious athletes who dare to go up to 100mgs a day.

The half life of anadrol is roughly 8 hours, so split doses are a good idea. For instance, some choose to take a dose an hour or two prior to their training session to get a psychological boost. Since anadrol is very liver toxic, you should not exceed 4-6 weeks on it.

Dbol Profile

Dianabol, slang term dbol (Methandrostenolone), is the most popular oral anabolic steroid in the bodybuilding world. It was developed as an oral version of testosterone by American doctor John Zeigler to help the US Olympic team compete with their Russian rivals because of the reluctance of American athletes to inject testosterone. As a matter of fact, it is considered the 2nd anabolic steroid ever produced. During the 70's, it was known to be one of Arnold Schwarzenegger's and Frank Zane's favorite steroids to run, and is likely credited with the fascination of 'the pump' and 'pumping iron'. It is this 'pump', which is caused by nutrients and blood flowing to the muscle that dbol is well known for.

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Fig 2. Methandrostenolone (Dianabol) Chemical Structure

Dbol Side Effects

Dianabol aromatizes significantly, so you will experience tremendous water retention when using it without an aromatase inhibitor like Aromasin or Arimidex. These symptoms include 'moon face' caused by the bloat, high blood pressure, gyno (bitch tits), and other estrogen related sides. Dbol is also 17AA, which means it is liver toxic. It is recommended to use a strong AI with dbol and a liver protectant like N2Guard.

Use of Dbol

Dbol should not be used by endurance athletes because the water retention and pumps will be catastrophic to the athlete; in my experience, you will have a hard time jogging more than a mile before the calf pumps become too great. Taurine can help reduce the pumps, but it is still best to choose another steroid for endurance.

What dbol is great for is its simplicity. Rarely faked and easily bought at a cheap price, dbol is foolproof. Bodybuilders will use it to make their muscles more full and experience wonderful pumps during their workouts. Powerlifters will use it to increase strength, but too much pumps can stop you from reaching true failure on your low rep sets.

On cycles, Dbol use is a popular way to kickstart a stack for the first few weeks until the longer esters from injectables take over.

Dbol Dosage

Normal doses for dianabol are 20-30mg per day, with some athletes going up to 50mg per day, which is considered a hefty dose. The half life is short, only 4-5 hours, so it is recommended to dose 2-3 times per day. Since it is liver toxic, you shouldn't exceed 4-6 weeks on it. I've heard of some bodybuilders who use dbol for over 10 weeks, but if you do the that, it is important to run blood work to check your ALT and AST.

Anadrol vs. Dbol

Anadrol and dbol are similar in a lot of ways.

  • They both require aromatase inhibitors and liver support due to water retention and liver toxicity.
  • They both will put on mass and strength in a short time.
  • They both are great with pumps.
  • They both are oral anabolic steroids, which are popular for kickstarting purposes.
  • They are both highly androgenic and should not be used by females.

There are differences however.

  • Anadrol is non aromatizing, but dbol aromatizes strongly.
  • Anadrol is more toxic to the liver than the more mild dbol.
  • Anadrol is a bit on the pricey side, while dbol is extremely cheap.
  • Anadrol was originally developed for medical reasons, while dbol was developed solely for athletic reasons.
  • Anadrol has a longer half life than dbol.
  • Anadrol's side effects are much worse than dbol's side effects.


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Steve Smi (Also known as Steve Smith), has over 12 years of experience in the bodybuilding and fitness industry. He's the co-Host of the popular Evolutionary Radio Podcast - over 500,000 listens! He has been a personal trainer and writer for the last 10 years with over 1000 articles written. He's been a moderator on forums for over 10 years. Steve holds the following certifications and records: NASM Personal Trainer NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist Florida Local Powerlifting champion Top writer for 2019 Fitness rated

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