What is Anadrol?
Oxymetholone, commonly known as Anadrol, is one of the most powerful steroids for raw strength and mass gains. It was introduced in the 1960’s and was touted as holding numerous therapeutic benefits such as the treatment of gastrointestinal disease, osteoporosis, anemia, weight-loss issues and combating any catabolic disease/condition. It is quoted as having triple the anabolic power of testosterone. It is considered one of the best bulking steroids available because of its incredible ability to add massive bulk in a short period of time. It is commonly used among bodybuilders in the off-season during bulking cycles as it has the ability to significantly increase muscular size and strength. In the mid 1970’s, the FDA limited prescriptions of oxymetholone due to its increasingly well-known side effects, however, it remains to be one of the few steroids that is still FDA approved for medicinal purposes.
Oxymetholone is a DHT derived anabolic steroid that is classified as a 17-alpha-alkylated steroid. This refers to a structural modification at the carbon-17 position, allowing it to be ingested orally. Although convenient, this also means anadrol has an increased risk for liver toxicity. It also has an added 2-hydroxymethylene group which greatly enhances its anabolic activity. Although Anadrol does not aromatize or convert to astrogen due to it being a DHT derivative, it does appear to be very estrogenic in real life settings since anadrol stimulates estrogen receptors. This means it does carry the risk for gynecomastia and water retention. A SERM such as Nolvadex or Raloxifene is suggested to inhibit activation of the estrogenic mechanism; AI’s such as Arimidex and Aromasin will not affect the estrogenicity of Anadrol.
Some of the many benefits of Anadrol include:
- Increased protein synthesis
- Significant strength and mass gains
- Rapid results
- Promotes weight gain
- Increases appetite
- Increased Red Blood Cell Count
What is the recommended dosage?
Most male bodybuilders will find they respond well to doses of 50-100mg/day for 6-8 weeks. It is recommended that this dose be split up into two smaller doses during the day due to its relatively short half-life of 8-9 hours. It is not recommended that doses higher than 100mg/day be used, as this will dramatically increase side effects without much added benefit in terms of results. Anadrol is not recommended for use in women.
What does Anadrol stack well with?
Anadrol is a mass compound and bulking steroid which has the potential to suppress endogenous testosterone production. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that Anadrol be stacked alongside any Testosterone variety. PCT’s are essential in accelerating the restoration of natural testosterone production after an anadrol cycle is completed. It is also strongly suggested that a SERM such as Nolvadex or Raloxifene is used to inhibit activation of the estrogenic mechanism of Anadrol; AI’s such as Arimidex and Aromasin will not affect the estrogenicity of Anadrol.
In addition to Testosterone, users may find a combination of other injectable steroids such as Deca-Durabolin, NPP, or Equipoise to be extremely beneficial.