• Pharmaceutical Name:Oxymetholone
  • Chemical name:17-beta-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethylene-17 alpha-methyl-5 alpha-androstan-3-one
  • Cutting/Bulking:Bulking
  • Anabolic Rating:320
  • Active - Life: Less than 16 hours
  • Drug Class: Highly Androgenic / Anabolic Steroid (Oral)
  • Average Reported Dosage: Men 50-200 mg daily.
  • Acne: Yes
  • Water Retention: Extreme
  • High Blood Pressure: Yes
  • Liver Toxic: High
  • DHT Conversions: DHT-Derived
  • Decreases HPTA Function: Yes
  • Aromatization: No
  • Average Price: Up to $3/tab
This is an oral, methylated (17-alpha-alkylated) steroid that is both highly androgenic as well as highly anabolic. Some novice users report weight gains of up to a pound per day fpor the first 3 weeks of administration, as well as incredible strength gains. Neither is uncommon among first-time steroid users, and this type of weight gain makes Anadrol one of the most highly coveted drugs for off season mass-building cycles. Aggressiveness often increases dramatically on this compound, and that may be due to the elevation in androgen levels it provides, it's effects on the central nervous system, and it being derived from DHT (Dihydrotestosterone), which anecdotally seems to make athletes much more agressive. This last effect is often seen by the media as a negative side effect, but in a hard training (and emotionally stable) athlete, this aggressiveness often manifests itself as a stronger drive in the gym and results in more strength gained, and ultimately, more weight. Unfortunately, users of this drug also experience the negative aspects of DHT which can include excessive water retention, acne, and hairloss.
Many people consider Anadrol a dangerous compound, but this isn't necessarily so. Anadrol was originally produced in a whopping 50mg pill, so you don't need to take many of them to get a very high dose of Oxymetholone (the drug in Anadrol). Compare this dose to Anavar which is produced in a 2.5mg pill, or Dianabol which was produced in a 5mg pill, and you'll see why Anadrol has such a reputation for being powerful. One tab is has as many milligrams as 20 of the original Anavar tabs or 20 of the original Dianabol tabs! On a milligram for milligram basis, Anadrol is no more dangerous than most oral steroids out there. You just have to remember that you get 50mgs in each tablet, and adjust your dose accordingly. Occasionally people using Anadrol get flu-like-symptoms or a headache. I personally get both, but the headache is much worse (it is probably from my bloodpressure elevating quickly). Alot of the horror stories you hear about steroids is from people abusing this one in particulat. Chris Duffy ( a now retired IFBB professional) claimed to use ten of them every day. It's no wonder that it has been linked to prostate and liver cancer, liver disease, thyroid dysfunction, leukemia, and heart disorders, and even hepatic comas. Again, this is a powerful drug, and not to be taken lightly, but is no more dangerous than many others. It will also raise your hematocrit, and commesurately your blood pressure. to where clotting time may become an issue. Since Anadrol is derived from DHT, it can cause issues in DHT-sensitivce target tissure like the scalp, prostate, and sebaceous glands. It can also cause suppression of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis, resulting in a low sperm count, and a lowering of Leutenizing hormone, which is what signals your testes to secrete testosterone. Anadrol therapy, therefore, will lower your testosterone levels.
Women generally steer clear of Anadrol, because of it's possible virilizing effects, including clitoral enlargement, facial hair growth, deeper voice, and missed periods..
Oxymetholone is infamous for negatively effecting liver function and increasing markers of that such as SGPT and SGOT enzymes (and others) which are all hepatic indicators (indicators of liver dysfunction). Jaundice (a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and finger nails) can even occur from extended Anadrol use. As previously stated, Anadrol is a derivative of DHT, which is itself a 5-alpha-reduced version of testosterone. Some androl users have reported gyno from its use but this is unlikely to be a result of anadrol (which doesn't convert to estrogen, nor DHT, nor can it stimulate the progesterone receptor). Users of Anadrol who experience gynocomastia (the of breast tissue by males) have probably developed this condition as a result of the concurrent use of another steroid along with their Anadrol. Oxymetholone also causes edema (water retention) which could possibly be due to enhanced retention, which often causes a smoothe appearance to muscles.
Andarol'is medical use is (as with most steroids) to treat low red blood cell production, which often manifests itself as aenemia. Therefore, during administration of Anadrol, red blood cell count is increased greatly. For the hard-training athlete, this is a great benefit bnecause it meant that there is more oxygen transported to the muscles, resulting in both an incredible muscle pump as well as increased ability to do multiple sets with very heavy weights. The time needed between sets, and ability to do more sets per workout are both increased, and a reduced need for off-days from the gym is often seen as well. This increased work capacity contributes to the athlete being able to do a great deal more productive weight training sessions per cycle, and this of course contributes to their gains immeasurably.
Advanced bodybuilders and power lifters have reported excellent results with 50-200 mg per day, taken in divided doses. It's very often the drug of choice for athletes attempting to move up a weight class in bodybuilding or powerlifting. Although myself and many others have used Anadrol alone, it's not very common to do so, and it's generally stacked with something like Testosterone, and Deca Durabolin or Equipoise. By stacking it with highly anabolic compounds like them, more high quality gains are generally seen, and less of the watery/bloated look is experienced.