Deca-Durabolin is considered one of the more versatile and flexible anabolic steroids in terms of its application and Deca-Durabolin dosages. Its primary use tends to be that of a mass gaining and bulking compound, although it can also effectively be used for cutting cycles during fat loss phases and periods. The only potential drawback to the manner in which Deca-Durabolin can be used is the length of time required to run it, which will be further examined when Deca-Durabolin cycles are discussed. Deca-Durabolin must be continuously used for far longer cycles than most anabolic steroids due to the very long Decanoate ester attached, which provides a very long half-life to Nandrolone. As a result, peak optimal blood plasma levels require more time to rise and remain at the ideal level, necessitating cycles of often 12 – 14 weeks in length. Unfortunately for fat loss phases, which tend to be shorter in length (often 8 – 10 weeks), the brunt of Nandrolone’s ability will not flourish until the later weeks of the cycle. This is why short estered anabolic steroids are often preferred for fat loss and cutting periods.
Deca-Durabolin is also frequently stacked with other compounds for an enhanced effect, and this is often the case when individuals run Nandrolone for the purpose of bulking up and mass gaining. This can necessitate lower Deca doses than would otherwise be required if Nandrolone were ran as a primary compound. It has previously been mentioned that Nandrolone must be run with some form of Testosterone in order to maintain normal bodily function in an environment where endogenous production of Testosterone is suppressed and/or shut down. Failing to do so can and will often lead to problems, most notable of which is sexual dysfunction. Therefore, the most common anabolic steroids found to be stacked with Deca Durabolin is without a doubt Testosterone and Dianabol. Testosterone, Nandrolone, and Dianabol all work synergistically and intrinsically together to provide a solid bulking cycle. This Testosterone/Nandrolone/Dianabol stack is perhaps the most popular stack of anabolic steroids ever used, which was popularized by the early bodybuilders in the ‘golden era of bodybuilding’ in the 1970s. It has been said that Arnold Schwarzenegger himself was an avid user of this stack. Where strength and size are the primary goals, Nandrolone is an ideal choice even if run with just Testosterone. In combination with other strong mass building anabolic steroids such as Testosterone, Dianabol, Anadrol, etc. one can expect some notable increases in size and strength.
Medical Deca-Durabolin Dosage
The very first medical prescription guidelines for Deca Durabolin dosages was that of 50 – 100mg administered every 3 – 4 weeks for a total of 12 weeks. Different medical conditions have called for different prescription guideline of Deca-Durabolin doses. For example, anemic patients prescribed Deca Durabolin were given prescription guidelines of 100 – 200mg weekly, which is considered a considerably heavier dosing scheme than the standard prescription guidelines. This the original reason as to why Organon had made the decision to upgrade the concentration of their Deca Durabolin product from 50mg/ml to 100mg/ml, and later on a 200mg/ml product.
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Deca Durabolin Dosage
For the purpose of performance/physique enhancement, Deca doses are generally found to be around the same range as typical weekly Testosterone doses for the same purpose. Deca Durabolin’s mass building capabilities resemble more of a steady but increasing gain of quality noticeable muscle mass. The gains associated with Deca Durabolin doses at any range are not dramatic or very rapid by any means, and this is said to be one of the reasons as to why lean mass gains from Nandrolone tend to remain more so than other anabolic steroids following the termination of a cycle – the human body can and will always retain slower steadier made gains than rapid increases that the human body is not accustomed to. In any case, solid beginner Deca dosages land in the range of 300 – 500mg weekly. Intermediate users should not have to veer over the beginner range, and it is actually very rare to see even intermediate users venturing higher than the 500mg mark with Nandrolone, especially considering the majority of the time it is stacked with other compounds such as Testosterone and/or Dianabol. Advanced users should likewise have no major requirement to veer outside this dose range, but should an advanced user require a higher dose to elicit gains, a range of approximately 600 – 800mg or greater should suffice, especially if Nandrolone is the primary anabolic compound of a cycle and Testosterone is simply run as a supportive compound at TRT (Testosterone Replacement Therapy) doses.
Female Deca-Durabolin Dosage
Female users of Deca Durabolin will find an appropriate physique/performance enhancing dose to be in the range of approximately 50mg weekly and used for no longer than a 4 – 6 week period in order to avoid possible virilization. Nandrolone is an anabolic steroid with what is considered a very low androgenic strength – perhaps the lowest of all of them – and so androgenic side effects such as virilization symptoms are rare but should still be somewhat of a concern to look out for. Studies conducted on HIV infected women administered Deca Durabolin at a dose of 100mg every other week for a total of 12 weeks exhibited very few incidences of virilization side effects. Should female users experience the onset of virilization, it is recommended to halt administration of Deca Durabolin immediately. The issue here for female users is that of the long half-life provided by the Decanoate ester, which causes a very long time for Nandrolone to clear the body. In the incidence of unwanted virilization side effects, more than two weeks would be required before Nandrolone is completely cleared from the body, and unfortunately during this period of time it is possible for the remaining Nandrolone to further worsen virilization effects. Because of this inconvenience, it is recommended that females look into the shorter acting Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (Durabolin) due to its shorter half-life and its ability to clear the body in a matter of days instead of weeks.
Proper Administration and Timing of Deca Durabolin Dosage
Deca Durabolin possesses a half-life of approximately 15 days, and therefore its administration should ideally be done twice weekly spread evenly apart so as to ensure stable blood plasma levels of the compound. Due to the long half-life, it is recommended that cycles ideally remain in the range of 12 – 14 weeks. This is because the slow release caused by the Decanoate ester will delay the ‘kick-in’ period of Nandrolone by a few weeks longer than most injectable compounds.
Expectations and Results From Deca Durabolin Dosages
It is important to note that Deca by no means provides rapid and fast muscle gains, and many users frequently report noticeable steady muscle gains but not dramatic. Various factors lend to this, one of which is the issue of the very long Decanoate ester which serves to cause Nandrolone to have a very slow release and therefore a slow biological action in the body, which results in significant but slow and steady gains. Many tend to state that with Deca Durabolin, the expected gains often occur at approximately half the normal rate of Testosterone at an equal dose. It is important to remember that it has been mentioned that Nandrolone does not possess an anabolic effect that much stronger than Testosterone, although it is still stronger than Testosterone by a small amount.