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Anadrol. A compound with an extreme androgenic effect, Anadrol 50 is considered one of the strongest and most effective oral steroids. With Anadrol, dramatic gains in strength and muscle mass is noticed in a very short time. A body weight increase of ten to fifteen pounds in just two weeks is not unusual!

Muscle diameter rapidly increases due to greater water retention in muscle cells. This tends to impart the entire muscle system a smooth, sometimes even puffy look. Anadrol 50 has a lubricating effect on the joints as water is stored there as well. Besides being responsible for an enormous increase in strength, this also allows a painless workout for athletes with joint problems.

The muscle build-up with Anadrol 50 is not a qualitative muscle gain but rather a quantitative one. This helps retain shape in the off-season! But adopting a strict diet with the simultaneous intake of Nolvadex and Proviron, significantly reduces water retention and a distinct increase in the solid muscle mass or 'quality' muscle. Although Anadrol 50 is not a 'competition steroid', it does more than any other steroid during dieting to maintain muscle mass and allow an intense workout. Many bodybuilders therefore use it only up to about one week before a competition. The problem of water retention is solved by taking anti-estrogens and diuretics that ensure a hard looking muscle finish on time!

Powerlifters in the heavy weight classes are hooked on Anadrol 50. With Anadrol the athlete experiences an enormous 'pump effect' during workouts in the exercised muscles as blood volume in the body is significantly elevated causing a higher blood supply to the muscles.

Anadrol 50 hikes red blood cell count, allowing muscles to absorb more oxygen and exhibit a higher endurance and performance level. This imparts the athlete resources of greater power and higher strength even after several sets. Some bodybuilders experience such an enormous and in part painful 'pump' that they switch to working out on another muscle group, or even end their workout. This famed 'steroid pump effect' manifests itself to the extreme with intake of Anadrol 50 and during a workout it gives athletes a fit'n'fantastic satisfying sensation.

The highly androgenic effect of Anadrol 50 also stimulates regeneration of the body and excludes the possibility of 'over training'. In fact, athletes often feel that only hours after a strenuous workout they are ready for more iron pumping. Even a six-day regimen ensures continued progress.

Anadrol 50 is not a steroid for greenhorns and should only be used athletes have achieved a certain degree of development or have had experiences with "weaker" compounds. Anadrol 50 is to be taken seriously and the prevailing bodybuilder motto 'more is better' is definitely out of place.

Anadrol - Dosage

Though opinions on dosage vary, the safest dosage sufficient for any athlete would be 0.5 - 0.8 mg per pound of body weight/day. This corresponds to 1-4 tablets; i.e. 50-200 mg/day. It is not advisable for an athlete to take more than four tablets on any given day. Those on Anadrol 50 for the first time should begin with an intake of only one 50 mg tablet and the daily dosage can be increased to two tablets, one tablet each in the morning and evening, taken with meals after a week.

Athletes who weigh more than 220 pounds can increase the dosage to 150 mg/day in the third week. This dosage, however, should not be taken for periods longer than two to three weeks. After this regimen, dosage should be reduced by one tablet every week. Anadrol 50 quickly saturates the receptors, so its intake should not exceed six weeks.

The dramatic mass build up observed shortly after administration rapidly decreases. The next step is to either increase dosage, which could be risky in the light of dangerous side effects, or move on to another product. Anadrol 50 taken for more than 5-6 weeks helps one gain 20 - 25 pounds. Which is good enough and should encourage the athlete to discontinue using the compound. After Anadrol 50, it is important to continue steroid treatment with another compound, otherwise, an equally drastic reduction takes place and the user, within a short period, comes back to the original shape. No other anabolic/androgenic steroid causes such a fast and drastic loss in strength and mass as does Anadrol 50.

Athletes are best advised to continue with injectable testosterone such as Sustanon 250 or Testosterone Enanthate for several weeks. Bodybuilders usually combine Anadrol 50 with Deca-Durabolin or Testosterone Enanthate to build up strength and mass. A very effective combination favored by professionals consists of Anadrol 50 100 mg+/day, Parabolon 228 mg+/week, and Sustanon 250 500 mg+/week. This stack quickly improves strength and mass but is not suitable for steroid novices.

Stories of bodybuilders using 8-10 or more Anadrol 50 tablets a day are myths. It is rarely that any ambitious competing bodybuilder can do without the support of 50 mg Oxymetholon tablets. Moreover, taking 8, 10 or 12 tablets daily is more than the body can handle.

Anadrol - Side effects

Anadrol 50 is also the most harmful oral steroid and can cause many considerable side effects. Since it is 17-alpha alkylated it is extremely liver-toxic. In fact most users can expect certain pathological changes in their liver values after only few weeks. The compound oxymetholone also easily converts into estrogen. This causes signs of feminization (e.g. gynecomastia) and water retention which in turn requires the intake of anti-estrogens (e.g. Nolvadex and Proviron) and an increased use of diuretics (e.g. Lasix) before a competition. Bodybuilders who break out into severe steroid acne caused by Anadrol 50 control this outbreak by using the prescription drug Accutane.

Other side effects may include headaches, nausea, vomiting, stomach ache, lack of appetite, insomnia, and diarrhea. Anadrol 50 often creates a paradoxical situation where the athlete continues to become stronger and bulkier while, at the same time, he feels well or 'indisposed'. Increased levels of aggressiveness are caused by the resulting high level of androgen and are likely to occur when large quantities of testosterone are 'shot' simultaneously with Anadrol 50.

Anadrol is not advised for older athletes as they tend to show more sensitivity to possible side effects, and the risk of liver damage and prostate cancer increases. Moreover, the drug is usually taken with a diet rich in calories and fat necessary to build up mass. This boosts up the cholesterol level and the LDL values might increase while the HDL values decrease.

The body's own production of testosterone is considerably reduced since Anadrol 50 has an inhibiting effect on the hypothalamus, which in turn completely reduces or stops the release of GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone). Hence, intake of testosterone-stimulating compounds such as HCG and Clomid (see relative characteristics) becomes absolutely necessary to maintain hormone production in the testes.

Anadrol 50 is also used in the treatment of bone marrow disorders and anemia with abnormal blood formation.

Anadrol and Women

Anadrol 50 is poorly tolerated by women and thus not recommended. It has been observed to cause many and in part, irreversible virilizing symptoms like acne, clitorial hypertrophy, deep voice, increased hair growth on the legs, beard growth, missed periods, increased libido, and hair loss.

Some nationally and internationally competing female athletes, however, do take Anadrol 50 during their 'mass building phase' and achieve enormous progress. Women who are stuck on the distinct performance-enhancing effect of Anadrol 50 and would like to reduce possible side effects caused by androgen, could consider taking half a tablet (25 mg) every two days, combined with a 'mild' injectable anabolic steroid such as Primobolan Depot or Deca Durabolin.

However, the use of Anadrol 50 is ultimately an expression of the female athlete's personal willingness to take a calculated risk.