Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Dianabol History and Overview

Dianabol, known by its scientific and chemical name as Methandrostenolone (and/or Methandienone), is the most popular and widely utilized anabolic steroid by bodybuilders and athletes today. It gained its popularity in the late 1950s and throughout the “Golden Era of Bodybuilding” of the 1960s and 1970s. Methandrostenolone was introduced to the pharmaceutical and medical community by Dr. John Ziegler in the mid-1950s as an American response to the Soviet use of Testosterone in their Olympic athletes[1]. Dr. Ziegler and his team created Methandrostenolone as a result, which was then introduced to the prescription market under the trade name of Dianabol by the Ciba pharmaceutical company. It was the first orally active anabolic steroid to be synthesized and sold on the prescription market.

At its core, Dianabol is basically Testosterone with various chemical modifications in order to reduce its androgenic side effects (such as acne and oily skin) whilst magnifying its anabolic (muscle-building) effects. It is methylated (otherwise known as C-17 alpha alkylated) in order to allow it to be administered orally and survive first passage through the liver. It also holds an alteration in its chemical structure at carbons 1 and 2 (where a double-bond has been added), providing it a reduced androgenic strength yet an enhancement of other aspects of its anabolic capability.

It possesses a half-life of 4.5 – 6 hours, contains a moderate level of Estrogenic effects in the body[2], and has less of a rate of conversion into a stronger androgenic metabolite via the 5-alpha reductase enzyme[3]. It is for these reasons that Dianabol tends to be favored by bodybuilders and athletes in the quest for mass and strength above all else.

Dianabol Side Effects

Dianabol’s side effect profile is variable. The most significant Dianabol side effect is that of Estrogen-related effects, although studies have stated that Dianabol’s action on the aromatase enzyme (CYP19) is moderate[6].

This includes water retention and bloating which will mean this oral steroid will increase blood pressure [7] as well as acne and gynecomstia (development of breast tissue). The most prominent Dianabol side effect tends to be the bloating and water retention, followed by gynecomastia. These side effects can be mitigated through the use of anti-estrogens such as aromatase inhibitors Exmestane (Aromasin) and Arimidex, Estrogen blockers (SERMs) Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) and Clomid.

Secondary to the Estrogenic side effects, Dianabol can produce androgenic side effects as well (though less pronounced than Testosterone). There are risks of experiencing acne, oily skin, male pattern baldness, and benign prostatic hyperplasia.

The next most concerning Dianabol side effect is its increased stress imposed on the hepatic system (i.e. the liver). It is advised to limit cycle lengths to no greater than 4 – 6 weeks, supplement with liver support compounds, and avoid high dosages.

Lastly, Dbol is very well known for its strong inhibitive nature on the HPTA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Testicular Axis). Clinical studies have been conducted on Dianabol’s testosterone inhibitive action in humans, and they have demonstrated that doses as low as 15mg per day for 8 weeks caused total plasma Testosterone levels to decline by 69%[4].

Aside from these side effects, Dianabol does impose those side effects that are also typical with any anabolic steroid. These include negative cholesterol alterations, negative cardiovascular effects, and disruption of the HPTA (Hypothalamic Pituitary Testicular Axis).

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Dianabol cycles are very straightforward in most cases of its application. The use of Dianabol is normally during periods of bulking and strength gaining where the bodybuilder or athlete is not overly concerned with water retention and bloating. These types of Dianabol cycles are therefore normally during the “off-season” period where bodybuilders are in the midst of achieving this goal, and it is normally cycled with some kind of injectable anabolic steroid that achieves similar results – normally some variant of Testosterone, such as Testosterone Enanthate.

Most of these Dianabol cycles involve its use as a kickstarting compound, where it is used only during the first 4 – 6 weeks of the cycle in order to experience strength and size gains while the user waits for the longer acting injectable compound (i.e. Testosterone Enanthate) to achieve its full effects and “kick in”. It is advised to run Dianabol cycles for no longer than 4 – 6 weeks due to its nature as a C-17 alpha alkylated compound, which exerts negative effects on the liver (and especially cholesterol levels). This is an additional reason as to why Dianabol cycles are typically kickstarter cycles for no greater than 4 – 6 weeks in length.

Shorter Dianabol cycles can be run, but in this case it should be run with a short-estered (fast acting) base injectable. Referencing back to Testosterone in this case, the preferred choice would be Testosterone Propionate. However, Dianabol cycles in these instances should still be limited to 4 – 6 weeks (while the Testosterone Propionate, for example, can be extended well beyond this length if desired).

Dianabol is very rarely employed as a cutting or fat loss agent, although it can be done. It is generally undesirable to do so because of Dianabol’s negative Estrogenic effects (such as water retention and bloating). Because of this, the physique’s definition during dieting can be difficult to gauge as the water retention blurs this. Dianabol cycles intended for cutting or fat loss should be run no differently than previously outlined cycles, as fat loss is first and foremost achieved through the athlete’s diet and nutritional intake and not determined by which anabolic steroid is utilized.

Dianabol Dosages

Being that Dianabol is considered a very potent anabolic steroid where anabolism (the buildup of muscle tissue) is concerned, its dosages need not be as high as many other commonly used oral anabolic steroids. Dianabol dosages need to be considered carefully especially where negative effects on the liver are concerned, as the higher dosage is used, there is a corresponding increase in the negative effects here.

Dr. Ziegler originally issued prescription guidelines of 5mg per day for no longer than 6 weeks. Being that 5mg is on the lowest end of the dosage spectrum, more modern beginner Dianabol dosages range between 15 – 30mg per day. This Dianabol dosage, especially the higher end, is quite considerably strong in terms of anabolic effects and does not necessitate an increase beyond it even after years of cycles. Intermediate as well as advanced dosages for Dianabol are in the area of 30 – 50mg per day, and it is generally advised to go no higher than this despite the fact that some very advanced users are known to venture well into the 80mg or greater range. It is very unadvisable to even attempt to approach this range due to excess stressors on the body’s organ systems and side effects.

It should also be mentioned that the difference between beginner, intermediate, and advanced users is not that of increasing Dianabol dosages, and that many advanced users tend to utilize a low beginner dosage of 15mg per day with a high degree of effect.

That said, some studies have looked at the adverse side effects of 100mg per day and were found to have shown no serious complications in health[5].

Looking at this study in more detail, 100mg per day for 6 weeks meant total testosterone declined 40%, LH dropped to 80% of its original baseline value, FSH decreased 33%, human growth hormone (hGH) rose 30% and Fat Free Mass also increased from 2-7kgs.

Female Dianabol dosages are relatively unheard of due to the fact that Dianabol is not a commonly used anabolic steroid by female athletes due to its unsuitability as a result of harsher virilization effects on the female physiology. Those females that do venture into Dianabol use have been known to utilize 2.5 – 5mg per day, and 10mg daily being the uppermost limit. These dosages can produce very dramatic results for the few female users that exist.

dianabol1How to Buy Dianabol

Dianabol is bought and sold through many different avenues and sub-avenues. The two most prominent avenues are: in-person dealers and the internet. The internet is by far the most popular and widely used avenue today, making older methods (such as mail-order) generally obsolete. Incidentally, the old method of mail-order has now in many ways transformed into e-mail order, which is one of the internet methods of buying Dianabol. This method involves the buyer contacting a seller who makes sales and processes payments via an email address. Other and more popular internet sources include websites and lesser-known e-commerce websites.

There are two types of Dianabol that shoppers will encounter no matter where they look: pharmaceutical grade Dianabol and underground lab (UGL) grade Dianabol. As the names imply, pharmaceutical grade drugs are those which are manufactured by fully licensed and FDA-approved pharmaceutical companies that manufacture these drugs for sale on the prescription market. However, in the case of off-label use for bodybuilding and athletic purposes, these drugs are often diverted clandestinely into the black market. UGL products are simply manufactured by unlicensed, unapproved, and often amateur underground laboratories that sell their products for far cheaper than their pharmaceutical grade counterparts.

In this area, D-Bol prices can vary a great deal. It is generally difficult to quantify prices due to the massive variation (e.g. Dianabol is frequently available in 5mg, 10mg, 50mg, and even 100mg tablets – and packaged in different counts per bottle/package as well). Underground grade Dianabol is generally sold in the range of $1 – $1.50 per 50mg tablet ($0.02 – $0.03 per 1mg). Pharmaceutical grade Dianabol is often sold for $2.8 per 50mg tablet ($0.056 per 1mg). There is not much variation in the price difference between pharmaceutical and underground grade Dianabol products in this case, which is due to the sheer fact that Dianabol is extremely easy to produce, and it is manufactured by almost every single underground lab and various European and Middle Eastern pharmaceutical manufacturers making it an extremely common product to come by on the market. Those wishing to buy Dianabol should have no issues locating it very easily or for very cheap prices.

Dianabol Information:

DianabolMethandrostenolone (AKA Dianabol)
Chemical Name: 17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-1,4-androstadien-3-one
Molecular Weight: 300.441 g/mol
Formula: C20H28O2
Original Manufacturer: Ciba (originally)
Half Life: 4.5 – 6 hours
Detection Time: 5 – 6 weeks
Anabolic Rating: 90 – 210
Androgenic Rating: 40 – 60

Dianabol References:

  1. Vischer E, Meystre C, Wettstein A. Helv Chim Acta 38 (1955):1502
  2. Kruskemper, H L, Anabolic Steroids, Academic Press, New York, 1968
  3. Relative importance of 5alpha reduction for the androgenic and HL-inhibiting activities of delta-4-3-ketosteroids, Steroids 29 (1997):331-48.
  4. Effect of anabolic steroid (metandionon) on plasma LH-FSH, and testosterone and on the response to intravenous administration of LRH. Holma P. Adlecreutz. Acta Endocrinol (Copenh) 1976 Deca;83(4):856-64
  5. Clin Sci (Lond). 1981 Apr;60(4):457-61
  6. Brain Res. 1998 May 11;792(2):271-6.
  7. Br Med J. 1975 May 31;2(5969):471-3.