Dianabol. Active: Methandrostenelone/Methandionone
”Dianabol (17-alpha-methyl-17beta-hydroxil-androsta-1.4dien-3-on) is a new, oral steroid with a great effect on the protein metabolism. Methandrostenelone/Methandionone promotes the protein synthesis, thus it supports the buildup of protein. This effect manifests itself in a positive nitrogen balance and an improved wellbeing. The calcium balance is positively influenced as well. Methandrostenelone/Methandionone promotes the calcium deposits in the bones. Methandrostenelone/Methandionone is indicated in the treatment of all diseases and conditions in which an anabolic (protein-buildup promoting) effect and a generally roborizing (entire organism strengthening) effect can be obtained.” (Excerpt from the package insert of the former German anabolic Dianabol of Ciba Aktiengesellschaft, Wehr/Baden).
Dianabol is an oral anabolic which was developed in 1956 by the American Dr. John Ziegler in collaboration with Ciba-Geigy Company. In the U.S. it was introduced on the market in 1960 and within a short time it was available in many countries. In the course of a few years Dianabol became the most favored and most used anabolic by athletes in all disciplines. On 05/01/1982 Ciba-Geigy took all human-use Dianabol versions off the market because of its high potential for misuse. Ciba-Geigy gave as its reason for this step the increasing improper use of Dianabol in some developing countries where the compound was used as an appetite stimulant and for the improvement of the conversion of proteins in children and women.
Three years later, on 05/01/1985, Ciba-Geigy’s injectable Dianabol for veterinary medicine was taken off the market. Since Ciba-Geigy’s patent rights for the substance methandrostenolone (or methandienone) had already expired a few years earlier, a continuous supply for athletes was guaranteed. In the meantime, several manufacturers in various countries have marketed this substance under their own generic name. Dianabol is similar to the chemical structure of 17-alpha methyltestosterone. Dianabol, therefore, has a very strong anabolic and androgenic effect which manifests itself in an enormous buildup of strength and muscle mass in its users. Dianabol is simply a ”mass steroid” which works quickly and reliably. A weight gain of 2-4 pounds per week in the first six weeks is normal with Dianabol. The additional body weight consists of a true increase in tissue (hypertrophy of muscle fibers) and, in particular, in a noticeable retention of fluids. Dianabol aromatizes easily so that it is not a very good drug when one works out for a competition. Excessive water retention and aromatizing can be avoided in most cases by simultaneously taking Nolvadex and Proviron so that some athletes are able to use Dianabol until three to four days before a competition.
The dosage spectrum, in particular for bodybuilders, weightlifters, and powerlifters, is very wide. It ranges from two tablets per day up to twenty or more tablets per day. Those athletes who believe that they absolutely must take a two-figure amount of tablets should think about the interesting statement that the Ciba-Geigy Company made about its compound Dianabol: ”The most distinct measure of the effect of Dianabol is the increase in body weight. There seems to be no direct correlation between the increase of body weight and the amount of the dosage.” The German authors R. Hacker and H. de Mar+ + es confirm this in their book Hormonelle Regulation und psychophysische Belastung im Leistungssport. On page 55 it reads: ’A simple correlation between the administered dosage and the amount of concentration in the blood could not be found either.” This obviously does not mean that every athlete should take only one 5mg tablet; however, this statement, together with the year-long empirical values from numerous athletes, helps determine a reasonable dosage range. Accordingly, an effective daily dose for athletes is around 15-40 mg/day. The dosage of Dianabol taken by the athlete should always be coordinated with his individual goals. Steroid novices do not need more than 15-20 mg of Dianabol per day since this dose is sufficient to achieve exceptional results over a period of 8-10 weeks. When the effect begins to slow down in this group after about eight weeks and the athlete wants to continue his treatment, the dosage of Dianabol should not be increased but an injectable steroid such as Deca in a dosage of 200 mg/week or Primobolan in a dosage of 200 mg/week should be used in addition to the Dianabol dose; or he may switch to one of the two above mentioned compounds.
The use of testosterone is not recommended at this stage as the athlete should leave some free play for later. For those either impatient or more advanced, a stack of Dianabol 20-30mg/day and Deca 200-400 mg/day achieves miracles. Daniel Duchaine makes it plain in his book Underground Steroid Hand-book 2, page 33, by quoting an old pro, ”If you can’t grow on Deca and D-bol, you’re not gonna grow anything, no matter how fancy it is.”
In fact, athletes who are not ambitious to compete will make highly satisfying progress with Dianabol. Competing athletes, more advanced athletes, and athletes weighing more than 2.20 pounds do not need more than 40 mg/day, and in very rare cases 50mg/ day. It does not make sense to increase the number of Dianabol tablets immeasurably since fifteen tablets do not double the effect of seven or eight. Daily dosages of 60mg+ usually are the result of the athlete’s ignorance or his plain despair, since in some athletes, due to the continued improper intake of steroids, nothing seems to be effective any longer. The simultaneous intake of Dianabol and Anadrol 50 is not a good idea since these two compounds have similar effects. The situation can be compared to the intake of ten or more tablets of one of these drugs per day. Those who are more interested in strength and less in body mass can combine Dianabol with either Oxandrolone or Winstrol tablets.
The additional intake of an injectable steroid does, however, clearly show the best results. To build up mass and strength, Sustanon or Testosterone enanthate at 250 mg +/week and/or Deca 200 at mg +/week are suitable. To prepare for a competition, Dianabol has only limited use since it causes distinct water retention in many athletes and due to its high conversion rate into estrogen it complicates the athlete’s fat breakdown. Those of you without this problem or who are able to control it by taking Nolvadex or Proviron, in this phase should use Dianabol together with the proven Parabolan, Winstrol Depot, Masteron, Oxandrolone, etc.
Since Dianabol’s half—life time is only 3.2-4.5 hours (1) application at least twice a day is necessary to achieve a somewhat even concentration of the substance in the blood. Scientific tests continue to show that on days of intense workout compared to rest days, the half—life time of Dianabol is reduced even further so that an application three times daily appears sensible. Since Dianabol is also 17-alpha alkylated and thus largely protected against a loss in effect, it is recommended that the tablets be taken during meals so that possible gastrointestinal pains can be avoided. On the third day after discontinuing the intake of Dianabol, proof of the substance methandrostenolone (methandienone) in the blood is negative. This means that the tablets are no longer effective. The athlete, however, should not proceed under the assumption that a urine test will be negative since the elimination of the metabolites of the substance methandrostenolone through the urine continues much longer. The maximum substance concentration of Dianabol reaches the blood after 1-3 hours. A simple application of only 10mg results in a 5-fold increase in the average testosterone concentration in the male (2). An important reason why Dianabol works well in all athletes is that the endogenous cortisone production is reduced by 50-70%. Thus, Dianabol considerably slows down the rate at which protein is broken down in the muscle cell.
Women should not use Dianabol because, due to its distinct androgenic component, considerable virilization symptoms can occur. There are, however, several female bodybuilders and, in particular,female powerlifters who use Dianabol and obtain enormous progress with 10-20 mg/day. Women who do not show a sensitive reaction to the additional intake of androgens or who are not afraid of possible masculinization symptoms get on well with 2-4 tablets over a period not to exceed 4-6 weeks. Higher dosages and a longer time of intake bring better results; however, the androgens begin to be noticeable in the female organism. No woman who continues to care about her femininity should take more than 10 mg/day and 50-100 mg of Deca/week over 4-6 weeks.
Although Dianabol has many potential side effects, they are rare with a dosage of up to 20 mg/day. Since Dianabol is 17-alpha alkylated it causes a considerable strain on the liver. In high dosages and over a longer period of time, Dianabol is liver-toxic. Even a dosage of only 10 mg/day can increase the liver values; after discontinuance of the drug, however, the values return to normal. Since Dianabol quickly increases the body weight due to high water retention, a high blood pressure and a faster heartbeat can occur, sometimes requiring the intake of an antihypertensive drug such as Catapresan. Additive intake of Nolvadex and Proviron might be necessary as well, since Dianabol strongly converts into estrogens and in some athletes causes gynecomastia (”bitch tits”) or worsens an already existing condition. Because of the strongly androgenic component and the conversion into dihydrotestosterone, Dianabol, in some athletes, can trigger a serious acne vulgaris on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders since the sebaceous gland function is stimulated. If a hereditary predisposition exists, Dianabol can also accelerate a possible hair loss which can be explained by the high conversion of the substance into dihydrotestosterone.
Dianabol has significant influence on the endogenous testosterone level. Studies have shown that the intake of 20mg Dianabol per day over 10 days reduces the testosterone level by 30-40% (3). This can be explained by Dianabol’s distinct antigonadotropic effect, meaning that it inhibits the release of the gonadotropic FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone) by the hypophysis. Another disadvantage is that, after discontinuance of the compound, a considerable loss of strength and mass often occurs since the water stored during the intake is again excreted by the body. In high dosages of 50 mg +/ day aggressive behavior in the user can occasionally be observed which, if channeled during a workout, can be an advantage. In order to avoid uncontrolled actions, those who have a tendency to easily lose their temper should be aware of this characteristic when taking a high D-bol dosage. Despite all of these possible symptoms Dianabol instills in most athletes a ”sense of well-being anabolic” which improves the mood and appetite and in many users, together with the obtained results, leads to an improved level of consciousness and a higher self-conﬁdense.
For years, the steroid black market has been the only supply source for athletes to get Dianabol where, proverbially, D-bol is available in all colors, forms, sizes, and under any imaginable name.