Methandrostenolone (Danabol) 

Metandrostenolone (slang: “methane”l) is an anabolic steroid that was synthesized in the 1960s. It was widely popular, and till today it is applied by many athletes. Like many steroids, methane was originally used in the medical field (treatment of wounds and burns), but gradually migrated to sports and due to its anabolic propertie, deeply related with it. Firstly this drug was tested by athletes, significantly increasing their results and achievements. Soon his noticed by weightlifters, powerlifters, bodybuilders and other lovers of metal.

Methane for muscles

Methandrostenolone has the following effects:

  • it has anti-catabolic effect, namely blocks in the muscles cortisol receptors, so cortisol (catabolic hormone) does not destroy muscle protein;
  • this drug activates protein synthesis in the body and increases appetite, which allows you to quickly gain weight.
  • significantly increases endurance and strength, strengthens bone tissue;
  • methandrostenolone helps increase the number of red blood cells, increase blood volume in the body, so that the muscles receive more oxygen, as athletes, during training, experience a strong “pump”, during which the muscles seem more voluminous.

Just one of the “secrets” of rapid weight gain is that methandrostenolone strongly detains water in the body, its part is 10-50% of the gained mass. Because of this, the muscles visually appear to be more massive, however, their quality leaves much to be desired. At the end of the cycle, the water comes out of the body, in connection with which it is possible to observe a pronounced rollback phenomenon. The amount of fluid retained, and therefore the amount of rollback in all different and depends on the characteristics of the body, nutrition, training and the quality of the drug.

How to take Danabol

The dosage of methane should not exceed 30 mg per day. The cycle begins with a dosage of 10 mg, and gradually (within 2-3 days) increases to 20-30 mg. To ensure that the level of hormones in the blood was as “smooth”, the drug should be taking 2-3 times a day, preferably after meals, in order to avoid heartburn and irritation of the digestive tract (for example: in the morning – 10 mg, in the afternoon – 10 mg, in the evening – 10 mg, or 20 mg in the morning and 10 in the afternoon). The cycle length is usually 6-8 weeks. Because methane strongly lends itself to aromatization, it is preferably in the second week of the cycle to add the AI (Aromatase inhibitors) such as Letrozole and Anastrozole. They will reduce the conversion of testosterone into estrogens, thereby minimizing the likelihood of gynecomastia, as well as eliminate water retention in the body.

Many athletes recommend to use methandrostenolone in combination with other AS, most often it is combined with the following drugs:

  • testosterone (enanthate, propionate);
  • sustanon/omnadren;
  • nandrolone.

This combination allows to reduce the frequency of sides effects, while increasing the effectiveness of the cycle.

PCT after methane

At the end of the cycle, after 2-3 days, it is necessary to carry out post cycle therapy (PCT), which is usually carried out with Tamoxifen (10-20 mg per day) or Clomid (25-50 mg per day) for 3-4 weeks (during the last week, the dosage should gradually decrease, until the drug is completely discontinued). Also during PCT it is desirable to use testosterone boosters, zinc, omega-3 additionally. They contribute to a more rapid recovery of secretion of testosterone. During the cycle and the PCT will not be superfluous to use additional sports nutrition: protein, amino acids, BCAA, vitamin and mineral complexes, etc.

Danabol side effects

Methane has a rather high frequency of side effects, such as:

  • The presence of methane methyl group in the 17th position does not allow it to collapse in the liver, but because of this it has a toxic effect on it. Membranes of liver cells become thicker, the conductivity of the biliary tract deteriorates, which can cause bile stasis. To avoid this, during the cycle it is necessary to use choleretic drugs that contribute to the outflow of bile (eg: Holosas). Drugs that stimulate bile production can not be used, they can only aggravate the situation;
  • fluid retention in the body. About this effect you could read above. To avoid it, it is necessary to take aromatase inhibitors during the cycle;
  • The manifestation of gynecomastia is due to the fact that this drug is amenable to aromatization. To prevent it, aromatase inhibitors are used.
  • heartburn, acne, testicular atrophy, hair loss, masculinization, increased blood pressure, decreased sexual activity after the cycle and others.

Before taking methandrostenolone, it is necessary to make sure that you do not have contraindications for the use of anabolic steroids, so the cycle should be agreed with the doctor.

Let us briefly summarize

Danabol is the trade name for methandienone, the most popular oral steroid. SC Balkan Pharmaceuticals SRL is engaged in production. The drug is produced in Moldova. Today, this drug takes its place in the training of weightlifters, powerlifters and bodybuilders. Its benefits are a small price, and a significant anabolic effect.

How Danabol works

Danabol binds to androgen receptors of cells. But, unlike selective androgen receptor modulators, it has both androgen and anabolic effects. This is one of the most androgenic oral steroids, which is due to the rapid onset of the effect of gaining muscle mass.

For one cycle of the drug you can gain 4-6 kilograms of muscle, and significantly gain in power. Theauthors of the reviews say that the drug helped them to overcome the plateau in the basic exercises, and allowed to reach a new level in the results. This is one of the most common steroids in weightlifting and powerlifting.

“Methane” can cause fluid retention, and promote greater muscle fullness. However, this effect is not for everyone. So, many people block it, taking antiestrogens (Proviron, anastrozole).

The increase in muscle mass is achieved not only by “pouring water”, as often presented in different sources. The drug speeds up the protein synthesis. Therefore, for a high-quality set of muscle mass with methane, a special diet is required. The diet should be 1, 5-2 grams of protein per kilogram of mass, and 4-5 grams of carbohydrates. To raise their number up to 6 g can only ectomorphs that are hard to gain mass. The first digits will be enough for everyone. Many people eat up to 3-4 grams of protein, but one should not overdo it. Danabol is not a drug that will make you absorb such large amounts of protein food. In any case, here it is better not to hurry, and to approach nutrition carefully enough, not overdo it with proteins. Liver and kidneys are already overloaded, you should be moderate.

Danabol and women

Danabol is not an optimal choice for a woman, as it has a high androgenic factor, and the risk of masculinization (acne, facial and body hair, clitoral enlargement, voice roughening) from its reception is also high. However, in professional weightlifting and powerlifting, this steroid is used. Used dosage of about 5-10 mg daily, and short cycles, not more than 6 weeks. Fans and also for those who wishing to be in a bikini this product is not recommended.

Dosages and regimens

Often write that the methane should be taken specially. It is widely known the scheme of reception, in which the drug is taken for 5 days, and then, on the 6th day, a full rest is given to the body. However, for beginners this have a bit of sense. It is necessary to take from 5 to 20 mg per day, at the same time, if the dosage is more than 10 mg, 2 doses should be divided. The period of absorption of the drug is 4-5 hours. It is necessary to maintain a relatively stable hormonal background. During the cycle is recommended to take Holosas. It helps to facilitate the flow of bile.

The duration of the first cycle should be about 6 weeks. PCT after danabol is necessary, though many claim the opposite. During the PCT you need to accept antiestrogens and hepatoprotectors.

Side effects and disadvantages of the drug

Due to the high androgenic factor, the drug can give expressed acne both on the face and on the body. The pimples usually disappear after a cycle, but it is recommended to cure it with symptomatic treatment anti-inflammatory ointments, and specialized agents against bacteria. The drug significantly affects the arc “pituitary-hypothalamus-testicles”, so the level of own testosterone after the cycle falls. If you do not take antiestrogens, there may be manifestations of gynecomastia, and an increase in body fat.

Danabol is toxic to the liver, therefore it is not recommended to use it by persons with liver diseases and hepatitis. It is better to choose other drugs. It should be understood that the drug will not perform for you a training plan, and will not follow a diet for weight gain. If a person has problems with the training cycle, everything he will receive on the cycle of danabol will be immediately wasted at the end of the cycle. After the cycle, it is necessary to reduce the training volume (less exercises and sets), but leave the intensity at the same level (working weights). It is necessary to rest more between trainings, but to concentrate on preservation of working weights. This will help not to waste the muscles immediately.

It should be understood that to minimize side effects, you need to have competent selection of dosages and drugs. It is necessary to take tests for sex hormones, liver enzymes, and thyroid hormones to exclude contraindications. After the cycle, tests and competent post cycle therapy are also needed. Usually steroids are not recommended to take if you do not have enough money, or there is no desire to do it.

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Andrey is a coach, sports writer and editor. He is mainly involved in weightlifting. He also edits and writes articles for the IronSet blog where he shares his experiences. Andrey knows everything from warm-up to hard workout.

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