Anadrol: The History
Anadrol (Oxymetholone) is an insanely powerful anabolic androgenic steroid that can help you gain as much as 1lb of muscle mass per day!
This steroid was first produced in the 1960s. Initially, the steroid was meant to be used for medicinal purposes which included the treatment of gastro issues, anemia, and various muscle wasting disorders. In fact, a few countries still approve the use of steroids to treat some of the symptoms of HIV/AIDs. The attention of bodybuilders was drawn when they started noticing the quick and massive gains of the patients using Anadrol. Fitness experts realized that Anadrol can work two times faster than most other steroids in the market. It didn’t take long before the steroid became popular in the fitness industry.
Sadly, just like all other anabolic steroids in the market, Anadrol does come with dozens of severe side effects. Actually, a lot of scientists argue that it might be the most toxic of all the other anabolic androgenic steroids. This stems from the steroid’s 17aa structure which was formulated to make it available for oral administration but by doing so, the steroid ended up being quite harmful to the liver. We will discuss this and other issues surrounding the steroid in a bit but first:
How does Anadrol Work?
Anadrol is a DHT-based anabolic steroid, i.e. it utilizes the testosterone androgen hormone and derivative dihydrotestosterone to stimulate your body into increasing muscle growth. The steroid is also mixed with various other compounds that help it to get into your system and to the muscle tissue to yield the needed results.
Other than that, the steroid will enhance nitrogen retention in your muscle tissues. Nitrogen is essential for the production of protein cells that are necessary for muscle growth. By increasing nitrogen retention, your body will be in a position to produce protein cells consistently thus promoting muscle growth.
Nitrogen retention and protein synthesis go hand in hand and Anadrol are formulated to influence both. This substance will also promote the production of protein cells in your muscles. This leads to both bigger and faster gains.
Anadrol goes a step further to increase hemoglobin production. This, in turn, increases the red blood cell count in one’s system. As you may already know, red blood cells are used to supply oxygen all around the body. Oxygen is necessary for muscle growth and performance and Anadrol’s ability to increase red blood cell count makes sure that your muscles have a sufficient and reliable supply. One of the benefits of a higher red blood cell count is an increase in stamina. When your muscles have a high supply of oxygen, they’ll function optimally for an extended period before fatigue sets in.
Another brilliant thing is that recovery will never be an issue for you. The high number of red blood cells will supply your muscles with oxygen, and this will revive and get them ready for your next training session in no time. Other than all that, having more oxygen reaching different tissues will improve your overall performance both physically and mentally.
We began by pointing out that Anadrol is still being used for the treatment of various symptoms of HIV/AIDS. These symptoms include muscle wasting and weight loss. This means that the substance can be used for weight gain purposes. Most people may not see a big issue with this, but if you are entering your cutting phase or if body fat is an issue to you then Anadrol is not your best option. It will make it harder for you to get the chiseled physique you are looking for.
What are the Side Effects of Using Anadrol?
Anadrol is a potent anabolic androgenic steroid, and that’s why it is even dubbed as “A-Bomb.” It’ll, therefore, be silly of you let anyone convince you that it is possible to use this steroid without experiencing any adverse reactions. I mean, we have other steroids that are believed to be milder than this, yet they also come with severe side effects and therefore using this potent substance is bound to have the same effect. And yes, I understand that people react differently to different compounds but even then, the risks involved here are too many, and this definitely increases your chances of experiencing at least one of the side effects.
- Liver damage
The C-17 Alpha Alkylated structure of Anadrol makes it an enemy of your liver. The substance will affect the performance of the vital organ making it incapable of performing its duties as it should. Given that the liver is responsible for filtering toxins, a compromise in its functions will leave the user at high risk of contracting life-threatening conditions.
You should also know that a single dosage of this steroid has more milligrams of Anadrol compared to other steroids. Therefore, Anadrol may have a bigger negative impact on your liver within a much shorter period as compared to its counterparts.
Imagine having the muscles everyone else is breaking a sweat to gain but being unable to showcase them simply because you have “man boobs.” Tragic. This is precisely what might happen if you decide to use this steroid. Anadrol causes breast tissue enlargement a condition that can be very embarrassing. The man boobs could ruin your chest and may even make your entire physique not as appealing as you may want.
- Water retention
Water retention is when there is a lot of fluid beneath one’s skin. This is a serious issue because it not only leaves the user feeling bloated, but it will also interfere with their appearance. All the muscles you’ve worked so hard to gain will get buried underneath the skin. This is yet another reason why Anadrol is not an ideal steroid for cutting.
- Damages connective tissues
Developing a good response to a steroid is a good thing. Or is it? Well, if you do respond well to Anadrol, things might get complicated for you. The massive gains could be what you wanted, but when they are achieved in a short time, it’ll get your body off-guard, and this is a bad thing. How so? The increase in mass puts your connective tissues under so much stress, and this can leave them damaged. Your muscle will become detached, and this will force you to undergo a surgical procedure to have them reconnected.
- Increases the risk of heart diseases
Anadrol messes with blood pressure putting you at risk of severe cardiovascular conditions. The risk of elevated blood pressure goes even higher if the user has a history of the diseases.
Multiple trials have also shown that steroid can increase the levels of bad cholesterol which will increase the chances of high blood pressure even further.
The steroid can also cause stroke and other issues.
You can never rule out the possibility of suppression whenever you are dealing with anabolic steroids. Using Anadrol for extended periods will suppress the natural production of testosterone, and this will affect you in various ways. For one, you will notice a drop in your sex drive. You will also feel lethargic and general weakness especially when stop using the steroid.
Another issue resulting from suppression is that retaining the gains will become almost impossible when you stop using the steroids. Without this male sex hormone, all the muscles you gain will fade away, and you will see an increase in fat.
Other side effects include:
- Abnormal hair growth
- Virilization in women
- Hair loss
How to Use Anadrol
Anadrol is available in oral form. There are also reports that one can get injectable, but these are very difficult to come by.
Like we’ve said several times, Anadrol is quite powerful, and it also has more milligrams of the steroid in each serving compared to its competitors. This means that you have to be extra keen on the dosages you use.
A starting dosage of 50mg per day is considered more than enough to get the bulking benefits you need without increasing the risk of side effects. Most people also stick to this dosage throughout the cycle. If you really feel like you need to up the dose (I wouldn’t do that if I were you), then you can make gradual increments. Never go beyond 100mg per day though. This will definitely leave your liver seriously damaged.
Using Anadrol back when there weren’t many reliable natural alternatives was understandable. In today’s world, exposing yourself to fatal medical complications just so you can gain some muscle mass isn’t justifiable. There is also the legality issue of the substance because it is banned in the US and most other countries. Now, do you really deserve to go through the difficulties of importing this steroid from the black market and exposing yourself to serious dangers just so you can gain some muscles that will disappear once you stop using it?