Active ingredient: Oxymetholone
Also known as Anapolan or Anadrol50 and others.
“Anadrol is the most effective oral steroid commercially available.”
(Daniel Duchaine, Underground Steroid Handbook 2.)
“A diabolically strong drug. I find Anadrol too strong. If a person weighed more than 250 pounds he would probably know how to deal with it but I would not give it to anyone smaller who is interested in it.” (From Vitasport no. 13, March 1988).
”It (Anadrol) was the most popular oral steroid used by American athletes in 1990.” (WN. Phillips, Anabolic Reference Guide)
The substance Oxymetholone was introduced by the Syntex Company in 1960. It was produced by various manufacturers in many countries until the situation changed greatly and between 1991 and 1993 various compounds were taken off the market and drastic price increases were the consequences.
Oxymetholone is the strongest and, at the same time, the most effective oral steroid. The compound has an extremely high androgenic effect which goes hand in hand with an extremely intense anabolic component. For this reason, dramatic gains in strength and muscle mass can be achieved in a very short time. An increase in body weight of 10 -15 pounds or more in only 14 days is not unusual. Water retention is considerable, so that the muscle diameter quickly increases and the user gets a massive appearance within record time. Since the muscle cell draws a lot of water, the entire muscle system of most athletes looks smooth, in part even puffy.
Anadrol does not cause a qualitative muscle gain but rather a quantitative one which in the off-season is quite welcome. Anadrol causes the body to store water in the joints. This has a “lubricating” effect. On the one hand this is a factor in the enormous increase of strength and, on the other hand, it allows athletes with joint problems a painless workout.
Powerlifters in the higher weight classes are love Anadrol. A strict diet, together with the simultaneous intake of Nolvadex and Proviron, can significantly reduce water retention so that a distinct increase in the solid muscles is possible. By taking
Anadrol the athlete experiences an enormous ”pump effect” during the workout in the exercised muscles. The blood volume in the body is significantly elevated causing a higher blood supply to the muscles during workout. It also increase the amount of red blood cells allowing the muscle to absorb more oxygen. The muscles therefore has a higher endurance and performance level. Great power and strength is achieved even after multiple sets. The often-mentioned ”steroid pump” manifests itself to an extreme by the intake of Anadrol and during workout it gives the athlete a fantastic and satisfying sensation. The highly androgenic effect of Anadrol stimulates the regeneration of the body so that the often—feared ”overtraining” is unlikely. The athlete often feels that only hours after a strenuous workout he is ready for more.Even if he works out six days a week he makes continued progress.
Although Anadrol is not a steroid used in preparation for a competition, it does help more than any other steroid during dieting to maintain the muscle mass and to allow continued intense workouts. Many bodybuilders therefore use it up to about one week before a competition, solving the problem of water retention by taking anti-estrogens and diuretics so that they will appear bulky and hard.
Dosage range are between one and three tablets a day. Most people will experience serious side effects on more than 2 tabs a day and the norm is a single 50mgs tab a day. Those who would like to try Anadrol 50 for the first time should begin with an intake of only one 50 mg tablet. After a few days or better, after one week, the daily dosage can be increased to two tabs a day, but this is unlikely. Whatever the dose, you should not take Oxymetholone for periods longer than 3 weeks. On the down side, when stopping the use, it leads to dramatic losses in size and strength. Users will lose all the gains they made just as fast as they put it on.
Anadrol is unfortunately also the most harmful steroid. Intake can cause many considerable side effects. It is 17-Alpha-alkylated and has a toxic effect on the liver. Most users can expect certain pathological changes in their liver values after approximately one week of use.
An increase in liver values of both the enzymes GOT and GPT, called transaminases, are often unavoidable. Elevated GOT and GPT values are indications of hepatitis, in other words a liver infection. Those who discontinue oxymetholone will usually show normal values within two months. Longer intake and/ or higher doses can cause a yellow discoloration of fingernails, eyes, or skin (jaundice).
This is because Oxymetholone induces an increase of bilirubin in the liver, producing a bile pigment which causes the yellow discoloration of the skin. The liver enzyme gamma-GT also reacts sensitively to the oxymetholone, causing it to elevate. Athletes using high doses of Anadrol 50 over a long period can expect permanent liver damage. During the intake of Anadrol 50, the liver values, GOT, GPT, bilirubin, gamma-GT and alkaline phosphatase (AP), as well as the LDH/HBDH quotient, should always be checked by a competent physician. Oxymetholone and Halotestin are the only anabolic/androgenic steroids that has a link with liver cancer.
Conversion into estrogen
The compound Oxymetholone easily converts into estrogen. This causes the signs of feminization (e.g. gynecomastia). I mentioned water retention which in turn requires anti-estrogens (e. g. Nolvadex and Proviron) and an increased use diuretics (e.g. Lasix) before a competition. The increased water retention, in addition to the aesthetically un-pleasing problems, it can be further detrimental since it may cause high blood pressure. In extreme the cases intake of an anti—hypertensive drug, e. g. Catapresan, may be necessary. Since a substantial amount of the compound converts into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body, it is possible that, given disposition, severe acne and an increased hair loss can occur. Bodybuilders who experience a severe steroid acne caused by Oxymetholone can get this problem under control by using the prescription Accutane.
Other side effects include a severe disruption in the bodies own testosterone production. because Oxymetholone is so potent the negative feed happen very quickly after use. A post cycle treatment regimen after, and in some cases during the cycle should be used. Oxymetholone commonly causes headaches, vomiting, increase blood pressure, increased sex drive and increased cholesterol. Suffice it to say than women should never even consider using this drug.