Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) is a fast acting oral steroid, used by bodybuilders and athletes to speed up muscle growth and strength gains. In the 1940’s and 1950’s the Soviet Union dominated most of the events in the Olympics, Dr. John Bosley Ziegler discovered that the Soviet Union was administering testosterone injections to their athletes to increase their strength and performance. This lead Dr. Ziegler to develop methandrostenolone which was produced under the brand name Dianabol, with the help of Ciba, a Swiss based pharmaceutical company in 1958. Soon after being produced and sold, Dianabol was being used by numerous athletes to help increase their performance.
Compared to other anabolic steroids, Milligram for Milligram, Dianabol is rated as one of the strongest and most potent Steroids available today. If you have ever noticed someone in the gym blow up with size in a short period of time, chances are they are using Dianabol. Methandrostenolone is generally available in 5 mg and 10 mg tablets, however larger doses and even injectable versions are now being produced by a number of “underground labs”.
Properties of Dianabol
Methandrostenolone was derived from testosterone, by adding a double bond between carbons 1 and 2. This alteration within the chemical structure allows Dianabol to be slightly less Androgenic than testosterone.
In order for Dianabol to be digested and make its way into the bloodstream without being destroyed by the liver, a methyl group was added at the 17th carbon of the chemical structure, known as C17-Alpha Alkylation. This modification allows methandrostenolone to survive its pass through the liver and enter the bloodstream. Without this modification, Dianabol would have almost no effect. Due to the C17-Alpha Alkylation of Dianabol, it is known to put strain on the liver, especially when used in larger dosages or for prolonged periods of time, this is why you will often read or hear, that Dianabol should never be taken for longer than 6 weeks at a time.
Effects of Dianabol
Methandrostenolone has a short half-life of 4.5 to 6 hours, thus making it known as a fast acting steroid. While many steroids can take a few weeks to a month to starting showing its effects, the effects of Dianabol are often seen within the first week. Methandrostenolone is most commonly used as a “bulking” steroid, meaning it is used by bodybuilders or athletes looking to put on weight and strength fast. At dosages as low as 20mg a week, it’s not uncommon to see weight gain of up to 4 – 5 lbs a week within the first 4 weeks. It must be noted that a large portion of the weight gained from Dianabol is water weight, and once the steroid use is discontinued a large amount of the weight gained will be lost due to the water leaving the body. This is due to Dianabol’s moderate conversion to estrogen, to help counter estrogenic side effects such as water retention and gynecomastia, a product such as Nolvadex or Aromasin is often used.
As mentioned Dianabol is commonly used as a bulking steroid and is often added to the beginning of a cycle, as it is fast acting and can help “kick start” the results while the user waits for the other steroids in the cycle to take effect. Dianabol is usually used at dosages between 20 – 50mgs daily for 4 to 6 weeks, due to its short half-life, the doses should be split and taken 2 to 3 times throughout the day.
Methandrostenolone can be used along or taken in a “Stack” with other anabolic steroids. When used in a stack it is often used alongside testosterone enanthate and Deca Durabolin which are both injectable steroids. Users who choose to use Dianabol by itself, are generally new to steroid usage and do not want to inject themselves. Dianabol by itself can lead to impressive gains, however for more solid and quality gains its best to use with testosterone.
A common Dianabol and Testosterone Enanthate Cycle:
The above Dianabol cycle is a cycle that a lot of steroid novices follow with good results.
*Nolvadex may or may not need to be taken, if you are sensitive to estrogenic side effects and starting getting sensitive or itchy nipples, you need to start Nolvadex immediately to help avoid gynecomastia. It is always a good idea to keep Nolvadex on hand during a cycle.
Clomid and Nolvadex are taken together from week 14 to form an effective PCT (Post cycle therapy). A PCT is needed to get the body to start producing natural restosterone again. You should always complete a PCT at the end of a cycle, no matter how small the cycle was. The reason for the 3 week waiting period from when discontinuing the testosterone enanthate to commencing the PCT, is due to the half-life of this testosterone. You need to wait til most of the synthetic testosterone is out of the body before starting a PCT, in order for it to be effective.
Dianabol Side Effects
Unfortunately Dianabol is a steroid that can bring upon quite a few side effects, especially for sensitive users. The majority of the side effects are tolerable and can also be prevented with the right medications.
Estrogen related and include:
- Water retention
- High blood pressure (a results of water retention)
Estrogen related side effects can be avoided or reduced by using estrogen blockers such as Nolvadex and anti-estrogens such as Letrozole, Arimidex and Aromasin.
Androgenic side effects include:
- Prostate Enlargement
- Oily Skin
- MPB (Male pattern Baldness)
Male Pattern Baldness is generally genetic, if your grandfather from your mother’s side did not suffer from MPB, then chances are neither will you. You can help avoid getting acne, by showering twice a day, using clean bedding, sun tanning and using over the counter skin care products. Many steroid users have reported that skin creams containing benzoyl peroxide, work extremely well.
Where and How to Buy Dianabol
The two most common ways to Buy Dianabol is in person or online from a trusted source. Once upon a time, buying Dianabol in person was the most popular way, these days however, it is mostly purchased via the Internet, mainly for privacy reasons.
When looking to buy Dianabol Online you will come across 2 types: Pharmaceutical Grade and Underground lab versions. The obvious choice is to buy pharmaceutical grade as you can be sure the quality will be high. Pharmaceutical grade Dianabol is unfortunately very hard to come by these days, and if you manage to find some, you can be sure it won’t be cheap. Dianabol produced by underground labs is often easy to find and purchase. The main problem with underground lab Dianabol is that you don’t know the quality of the product, where or how it was made, or if it even contains real Dianabol.
There are many underground labs around selling Dianabol, with quite a few of them are known for their quality products. The best thing to do when trying to Buy Dianabol, is to find a brand and then to do a bit of research on the particular brand, find out what people have to say about it.
The price of Methandrostenolone will vary, depending on the source, brand, quantity and dose per tablet. If possible try finding a brand that sells Dianabol in strengths not higher than 20mg, as mentioned earlier in the article, Dianabol is best used in split dosages throughout the day and having tablets/capsules in large doses makes this harder to achieve. For a bottle containing 50 x 20mg tablets, expect to pay anywhere from $20 to $50.
As mentioned in the beginning of the article, Dianabol now comes in an injectable version thanks to underground labs. There are some positives and negatives with the injectable version.
- Only passes through the liver once, therefore the injectable version is less harsh on the liver.
- Seems to be more effective milligram for milligram compared to oral Dianabol.
- More expensive. Injectable Dianabol can cost quite a lot more than oral Dianabol.
- Needs to be injected a minimum of every second day.
- Injections can be quite painful.
If you manage to come across a source that sells injectable Dianabol and you dont mind the frequent or painful injections, expect to pay around $30 for a 50mg/ml 10ml Vial. This price estimate depends on the source and can vary by quite a large margin.