What is Anadrol?
Anadrol is the brand name for oxymetholone. It was first manufactured in the year 1960 as a treatment for patients suffering from low counts of red blood cells. In its early years of development, following a close investigation, especially on HIV patients who had a problem with muscle wasting, it was found that some patients had added some significant amount of weight. It did not take long after that for bodybuilders to find out that the steroid could also help them in muscle mass buildup. This drove them to start using the drug on a large scale.
Anadrol helps the user to achieve maximum muscle buildup in half the time taken by any other fast working steroids there is. However, previous users have been warning new users to stay away from it due to the numerous side effects it generates. The recorded scientific data about this anabolic steroid shows that Anadrol is a 17AA modified steroid, meant for oral use only. This is the reason why is it rated as a high-risk substance with severe effects on the liver. We can conclude this section by stating that although Anadrol is a very effective, fast-acting steroid, it also comes with very severe side effects that can cause permanent damage to the liver. We are going to look at more of these side effects later on.
The legality of the steroid
The legitimacy and use of various steroids vary from country to country. Steroids are allowed in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom, and some states in the United States of America. Trafficking of these drugs is, however, prohibited. Today, Anadrol is rarely prescribed for treatment purposes because it has been proven to present a lot of side effects to the users. There are people all over the world who still use steroids to treat various conditions due to their relatively lower cost as compared to prescription medicine.
The active ingredients making up Anadrol include magnesium stearate, lactose, starch, and povidone.
Studies show that the androgenic effects of Anadrol are much fewer as compared to those of testosterone, Men with low testosterone levels often go for steroids to try and rectify these conditions. However, according to clinical studies, people should be discouraged from using steroids to boost testosterone levels in the body since it puts the user’s health at serious risk.
Dosage and administration
Anadrol has a half-life of 16 hours, which means that it should be taken daily. Weightlifters often take this steroid alongside another testosterone supplement for faster muscle/weight gain results.
The daily recommended dosage for children and adults is between 1mg to 5mg per kg/body weight per day. The dosages can be higher, depending on whether the drug is being used for treatment or enhancement. For enhancement purposes, the response of the drug is not immediate, but the user should start seeing results within the first few weeks of use. The steroid should strictly be used in the bulking phase because if it is used in the cutting phase, it poses high chances of water retention in the body of the users which will defeat the whole purpose of the cycle.
Majority of the results obtained from using the steroid are experienced within the first 3 weeks. Therefore, the steroid should only be used for 4 to 6 weeks. The most unpleasant disadvantage of this steroid is that the positive effects that might have been gained from using this steroid will immediately start to wear off the moment the user stops ingesting the drug,
Benefits of Anadrol
- Treats anemia by increasing the red blood cells count
- Enhances strength through muscle mass gain
- Prevents the loss of water from the body
- Encourages fat loss, but it is not really used for this purpose because it also causes weight gain.
Side effects of Anadrol
Hepatotoxicity: This is the main side effects of using Anadrol. The drug is usually ingested orally, and it metabolizes with the liver putting the liver under a lot of stress. Experts have listed Anadrol as being the most toxic steroid among all anabolic steroid.
High Blood pressure: Anabolic steroids change the body’s fluid balance system, and this causes an increase in blood pressure. This is caused by the changes to the kidney functions and hormones that are related to fluid processing. This is also related to the loss of potassium. To alter these specific effects by steroids, users are usually advised to use a beta blocker. Users are also advised to stick to the recommended dosages to avoid more serious problems.
Heart Attack: Steroids are also associated with several cardiovascular issues such as an enlarged heart. Other studies have shown that steroids also increase the user’s chances of suffering from heart attacks. Another issue is that steroid users have lower levels of the good cholesterol which can become a bigger problem in the long run because the good cholesterol is also involved in transporting the bad cholesterol out of the body before an unwanted buildup begins in the arteries.
Estrogenic effects: Anadrol also causes some estrogenic effects such as water retention, bloating, and higher blood pressure. It has also been recorded to cause gynecomastia, especially in women. The good news is that today, there are selective modulators that can be used to counter these effects.
How to Use Anadrol
Before discussing how this substance should be used, it would be important to mention that it should never be taken lightly. As I mentioned earlier, it has been listed as a liver toxic substance. Therefore, the user should be very careful with the dosages because Anadrol is an alkylated substance which can cause hepatic issues. It is usually taken to kick start a cycle during a blast and cruise. Some people stack the substance with anything starting from either steroids or supplements without noting the components of these supplements. Unfortunately, this is another method of overdosing, which is known to be the cause of some of the most adverse side effects. Make sure that you have noted the ingredient of any other substance you would like to stack with Anadrol so that you do not overdose on the substance. Taking higher amounts of steroids will not quicken the expected results, it just raises the chances of the drug, causing some of the most severe damages to the heart and liver.
The best period to run your cycle is 4 to 6 weeks because as you are taking these steroids, you subject your liver to a lot of stress. Ensure that you are not taking any other hepatic substance such as alcohol. People with previous heart conditions are discouraged from using steroids. In case you notice that the steroid has no effect after using it for the first five days, you probably have a counterfeit.
There are a few factors that determine the price of Anadrol. One of the factors is the source. It is available online on sites that are closely monitored so that only the correct amounts will be sold to one particular person. The pricing on every website is also different, and they are clearly put up for customers to consider the most cost-efficient ones.
The price range for Anadrol is usually between 105$ and 230$. The Oral variety Anadrol may become a little difficult to come across due to the fact that it is highly in demand.
Anadrol is also available in drug stores. The prices, however, may vary due to the fact that drug stores are of different categories. Quality Anadrol, which is available in the higher rated sores, can be quite pricey compared to the one available in lower rated drug stores.
It is always recommended for a person to do critical research before purchasing any substance that may affect the normal functioning of the body. Before using Anadrol, individuals ought to consult with their physicians for the necessary check-ups and confirmations, it is important to note that Anadrol causes damage to internal organs such as the liver and therefore it should be used with caution. Although the product can be used by both men and women, the assigned dosage for each group should be noted and applied as advised.
Women users should be closely observed for signs of virilization, which includes deepening of the voice, hirsutism, acne, and clitoromegaly. To prevent possible irreversible damage, the dosage should be discontinued immediately, the first signs of virilization are noticed. Such side effects usually appear due to overdosing on any steroid. Some of the side effects in women will still be present even after the therapy has been discontinued.
Synthetic testosterone boosters and other steroids, including Anadrol, will suppress or completely shut down the natural production of testosterone. 100mg of these products will take a maximum of 5 to 7 weeks to completely shut down these systems where the user will become completely dependent on the steroids. On the other hand, although the recommended dosages of Anadrol are not hydrogenic enough to promote this shutdown, it will still suppress the production of testosterone hormones.