This steroid plays very special place in the
sport in general and bodybuilding in particular. Even the word
"legendary" would be not enough. A day when it appeared on the market
in 1956 under dianabol brand name
was a glorious day in the doping history in the sport.
Dianabol is an oral steroid, which possesses both -
strong anabolic and androgenic characteristics and produces enormous effect on
protein (i. e. muscle) synthesis in the body and notable increase of strength. Additional
positive effect is improvement of general feeling of well-being. In few words:
Dianabol is quick and reliable "mass-making steroid".
There are a couple of reasons why athlete choose dianabol
(methandienone) - to boost gains on the beginning of
cycle/season or to prevent loss of gains between cycles when test level is
When starting using this drug, athlete can gain 2-4 pounds every week for
the first six weeks of the cycle. However, this is not dry, lean mass, much of
these gains appears due to the growing of existing muscle cells (this is called
hyper-trophy of muscle fibers) and substantial water retention.
It's not known for sure whether dianabol was
invented by John Ziegler or US
laboratory called Ciba. But, anyway, John Ziegler could be called
"father" of it because he promoted dianabol usage in the sport. At
the beginning it has been used only in weight-lifting sports due to its unique
ability of quick promotion of muscle mass and power, but then it become popular
among other sportsmen as well. However, some time later, performance sportsmen
realized that this is not ideal drug for them because it slows down speed and
decreases durability, the cells are not "breathing" well. However, in
bodybuilding dianabol become drug number one and kept this position till the
end of 70es. Virtually all top bodybuilders used methandienone and many amateur
bodybuilders starts from it, too.
Original dianabol brand is not produced since 1972, however, hundreds of
other methandienone brands appeared on the market up to day. It was widely
produced in the Eastern Europe and especially in Eastern Germany and USSR. In these
countries preparation of all athletes - runners, weight-lifters, even swimmers
has been based on dianabol despite of some disadvantages.
At the present time dianabol is not used in most of sports due to doping
control, although there are still many disciplines where anti-doping rules are
not that strict, primarily some versions of bodybuilding or power-lifting.
For vast majority of people Dianabol improves mood and appetite.
As a conclusion it is possible to say that dianabol is
an excellent drug for fast gains and for keeping gains if one is using it
Proper dianabol dosage varies from 15 to 40 mg, the
most commonly used is 40 mg every day. For novices 20 mg is sufficient dosage.
for second cycle it should be increased to 30-40 mg. To improve results during
long cycle its a good idea to add 200-400 mg of Deca Durabolin or 200-600 mg of
Primobolan after 8 weeks rather than keep or increase existing dianabol
dosage, which should be stable during the cycle. Testosterone should be added
only by advanced sportsmen when dianabol standalone or deca/dianabol combo
cease to produce sufficient results.
Actually, dianabol stabilizes androgen receptor
very badly. Despite of this it stimulates protein synthesis very well somehow. The
nature of this process is not discovered yet, the scientists suggest that it
affect some unknown receptors on the surface of cell, which promotes protein
synthesis. substantial amount of steroid remains inactive in the body.
Methandrostenolone largely enhances glycogenolysis (recovery of
glycogen, exhausted during the workout). Also it reduces activity of cortisol,
and thus helps to avoid the destruction of muscle fibers after the training. Contrary
to popular belief, methandrostenolone is not very well aromatized, it's
molecule is quite similar to boldenone. However, it aromatizes not just to
estradiol, but to a much more powerful 17-methyl-estradiol. So still a large
part of gains consist of water which tends to leave the body at the end of
cycle. Dosages of 25-30 mg/ED, however, doe not produce substantial water
Methandrostenolone raises the level of dopamine in the body that helps
to get rid of excessing body fat. Although it's not well-studied
scientifically, methandrostenolone certainly might be used in some "fat
burning" cycles, for example, by combining it with non-aromatizing
boldenone, trenbolone or Oxandrolone.
Dosages between 50 to 100 mg / day are reasonable only if dianabol is
used standalone, however stacking (even 25-50 mg/ED) should provide much better
results than simple increasing of dosage.
Dianabol has half-life period of only 3.5-4.5 hours, so it's better to
split daily dosage on 5-6 equal parts (or at least 2-3) and take it at regular
intervals throughout the day preferably during the meal.
Stacking and cycles
Methandrostenolone is best combined with drugs that stabilize the
androgen receptor well: testosterone, trenbolone, nandrolone, methenolone,
oxandrolone. You can try a combination of methandrostenolone with
boldenone as well. It's better to avoid combining of methandienone with
oxymetholone or fluoxymesterone. The reason is high load on the liver even
despite this should produce very quick muscle gains (unfortunately, not lean
muscle gains - a large part in this case will be water).
In general you need to combine fast acting dianabol/anadrol (oxymetholone)
with long living substances like deca or maybe boldenone along with some kind
A good startup stack is deca (deca durabolin, nandrolone decanoate) 400
mg/week + dianabol (danabol, naposim, methandienone) 40-50 mg/day. Length of cycle
is 8 weeks. Don't forget about anti-estrogen from the week 3 and 1 week after
the cycle - tamoxifen or clomid (1 tab ED). For this cycle we advice you also
using LIV-52 for liver protection.
Using anti-estrogen for this cycle is important. Also, it restores natural test
production. Using liv-52 is not absolutely necessary but makes this cycle
For the whole 8 week cycle athlete needs: Deca: 3200mg, Dianabol" ~
2240-2800 mg, Tamoxifen/Clomid: 50 tabs, Liv-52: 1 bottle.
When doing it as a kick-start of the cycle dianabol is used standalone
for the first 3-6 weeks in a range between 20 and 100 mg/ED. The most common
option, however, is 40-50 mg for 4 weeks then athlete cease dianabol and switch
to long-acting injectable substances.
A cycle for advanced users who aim more on strength is dianabol 40 mg/Ed
plus Anavar (oxandrolone) 30-40 mg/ED or Winstrol 50 mg/ ED.
Volume and strength cycle for advanced users will be dianabol 40 mg/ED
plus testosterone (long living enanthate or sustanon) 250 mg/ week plus
possibly Deca (nandrolone decanoate) - 200-400 mg/week
Dianabol (methandienone) is a bulking, but not pre-competition drug due
to substantial water retention and high aromatization. In case athlete decides
to go with it in the preparation for a contest he should actively use
anti-estrogen like proviron or tamoxifen / clomiphen and combine dianabol
with other cutting or non-bulking drugs like Winstrol (injectable - to protect
liver), parabolan, oxandrolone (anavar) or Masteron.
It could be also used as a bridge between cycles at a
dosage of 10 mg/every day along with aggressive usage of substances, which
recover natural testosterone production such as tamoxifen, clomiphen and,
probably HCG (pregnyl) right after the cycle. Such dosage will not suppress
your natural hormone production at all but maintain it until your glands are
recovering after the cycle.
Dianabol could be detected in your system by doping
tests up to two months
effects and PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) with dianabol
Side effects rarely occur at a dosages up to 20 mg/ED.
Dosages over 40 mg/ED (sometimes even much smaller dosages) produces negative
effects on the liver values, which are eliminated when usage of the substance
is discontinued. During usage it is highly advisable to use liver-protectors
such as Liv-52 or Essentiale Forte. Due to these reasons, cycle should be
limited to 6-8 weeks and then athlete should make a rest for the same period,
although studies have not found any serious problems even after 14 weeks of
Despite the fact that methandrostenolone is
transformed into the 17-methyl-estradiol, it suppresses the production of
natural testosterone to a much less degree than, let's say, nandrolone. Single
use of even 100 mg (!) of the drug in the period between 7 am and 12 pm
resulted in the suppression of endogenous testosterone production only for
30-40 percent. However, prolonged use of high doses of the drug (6-8 weeks),
not limited by morning hours only, results, nevertheless, in almost complete
production of testosterone by the body.
Other side effects are acne (thanks to conversion into
dihydrotestosterone), high water retention and gynecomastia ("bitch
tits"), which could be treated only by surgery. However, they become
considerable only in dosages over 40 mg / day for 6-8 weeks. Acne could
be treated by airol and gynecomastia by using of tamoxifen/clomiphen.
High blood pressure and a faster heartbeat s are also possible, both of
these are eliminated by intake of antihypertensive drugs. In theory, dianabol
can accelerate hair loss, although this is not proven scientifically. The cure
is finasteride (finpecia, proscar)
But in most cases athlete needs during the cycle 20 mg
of tamoxifen or 50 mg clomiphene daily. With high dianabol dosages proviron
might be a good addition. After the cycle tamoxifen/ clomiphen dosage should be
tripled at the first day and duplicated for the other two weeks (in case of
lower dianabol dosages, 2nd week after the cycle could be used regular dosage)
Recent years certain manufacturers attempt to produce
injectable oil methandienone ester. This is quite possible, however, we should
note that synthesis of such product might be too expensive and the most
important thing is that such molecule becomes too stable due to methyl group in
which prevents steroid from activation. As a result most of injectable
methandienone might remain inactive. And what happens if we remove methyl group
from this position and put another ether chain instead? It will become boldenone!
So it's better either to use oral dianabol as it is or injectable boldenone
without playing any games with pre-mature substances.