Extreme and fast mass gains on the one hand, widespread side effects on the other. Often seen as a two-edged sword and still very frequently used: It is about the anabolic steroid Anadrol. You can find everything about this steroid here:
The anabolic androgenic steroid Anadrol, which contains the active substance oxymetholone, was officially introduced on the market for the first time in 1960. Actually, Anadrol has been used for the treatment of anemia, since the active substance oxymetholone has the ability to increase the number of red blood cells. In 1993, however, production was reduced and partly halted since newer drugs such as the known EPO had proved to be more effective and compatible in the treatment of anemia and thus there was no longer a useful application area for the active substance oxymetholone. In 1998, however, Anadrol was produced again as standard, as it proved to be a very effective means of increasing body weight in diseases such as AIDS that were associated with a severe weight loss.
Among bodybuilders, the anabolic androgenic steroid Anadrol is the most popular oral steroid for mass build-up alongside Dianabol, due to its strong mass and power-building effect. A weight increase of 10 to 15 kilos within 6 weeks with only one to two tablets daily Anadrol is the rule rather than the exception in steroid novices. Anadrol is also particularly popular with power athletes, as the strength increases during the first few weeks of use practically every day. Many users are even of the opinion that the anabolic steroid Anadrol is the strongest oral steroid at all. However, this impression is probably due to the high dose of 50 mg oxymetholone per tablet Anadrol since, according to many users, Dianabol should have a significantly stronger effect per milligram.
Technically speaking, the anabolic androgenic steroid Anadrol is a steroid derived from dihydro-testosterone (DHT), which has been extended by a 2-hydroxymethylene group and 17-alpha-alkylated. Even though oxymetholone is a dihydro-testosterone derivative, Anadrol differs in its properties from all other DHT derivatives. While all other dihydro- testosterone-derived anabolic androgenic steroids, including, inter alia, Winstrol (stanozolol), Primobolan (methenolone), Masteron (drostanolone propionate) and oxandrolone, are generally used during the definition phase, since they contribute to hard and dry appearance, the main application area of oxymetholone is in the area of bulking. A hard, defined appearance can not be the case with the use of Anadrol. Rather, it is known that the built-up muscle mass is accompanied by strongly pronounced water storage, which is much stronger than the water storage when using other anabolic androgenic steroids, including Dianabol and testosterone. This pronounced water storage disappears very quickly after discontinuation of the Anadrol, which is also responsible for a large part of the observed drastic mass losses after the end of the intake of oxymetholone. The fact that oxymetholone is a dihydro-testosterone derivative is shown, however, in the Anadrol-promoting effect of the hereditary hair loss.
Anadrol is administered in practice by most users in the range of 50 - 150 mg per day. Even if steroid newcomers often use oxymetholone as the sole active substance, experienced bodybuilders use oxymetholone as a so-called kickstart for a prolonged steroid cure or concomitantly with an injected base steroid such as testosterone or deca durabolin (nandrolone decanoate).
Since the active substance oxymetholone is a 17-alpha-alkylated steroid, Anadrol has a not-to-be-neglected potential for an additional liver burden. The particularly strong liver burden attributed to the Anadrol should, however, in practice be due to the high dosages per tablet and less to a particular toxicity of the active substance oxymetholone. Even though oxymetholone cannot be converted to estrogen due to its structure in the body, many users when applying Anadrol report on side effects such as gynecomastia and strong water retention, which would normally be associated with estrogen. The exact cause for these side effects of Anadrol is so far not known. Interestingly, however, many users report that an aromatase inhibitor such as Arimidex or an estrogen receptor blocker such as Nolvadex (Tamoxifen) can help. Other side effects of oxymetholone include headache, increased blood pressure and general discomfort.