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Anadrol History and Overview

Anadrol is known as being one of the contenders for being the strongest oral anabolic steroid commercially available. It closely competes with Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), and steroid-using bodybuilding circles have always debated which of the two are stronger. Anadrol is the brand and trade name for the anabolic steroid more formally known as Oxymetholone. This is not to be confused with Oxandrolone, which is otherwise known as Anavar. Oxymetholone is Anadrol. Anadrol’s details were first released in 1959[1]. Almost immediately after, the pharmaceutical company Syntex sold Oxymetholone under the name Anadrol-50 while Parke Davis & Co. also manufactured it, though they did so under the Androyd trade name. After its initial release onto prescription markets, Anadrol was quickly prescribed and used for a multitude of medical conditions ranging from geriatric atrophy to combating infections. It’s most noted and popular use as a medication, however, was in the treatment of anemia. Anadrol was prescribed here to increase the red blood cell count and hemoglobin levels of the anemic individual.

This was because of Anadrol’s ability to stimulate erythropoiesis at a very high rate. Although all anabolic steroids exhibit this capability, Anadrol’s ability to stimulate erythropoiesis far exceeds that of any other anabolic steroid. In these cases, Anadrol has been shown in studies to increase red blood cell production by a factor of 5 fold[2]. As far as its general effectiveness as an anabolic steroid for muscle-building purposes is concerned, studies have demonstrated that it has exerted notable anabolic effects on muscle-wasting AIDS patients, causing them to actually gain 8kg of weight while those who were administered a placebo not only lost weight but also experienced an increase in mortality[3]. It is for this reason that Anadrol tends to be prescribed almost primarily in this day and age for AIDS patients and muscle wasting diseases.

Anadrol Cycles and Uses

Cycles including Oxymetholone are normally of the type that are intended for bulking, strength-gaining, and general overall mass. Anadrol cycles are poorly suited for the purpose of cutting, fat loss, pre-contest, or anything of the like. Although Anadrol can indeed be used to aid and accelerate in fat loss, it is a poor choice because of its Estrogenic effects, notably water-retention and bloating. This side effect serves to provide the physique with an overall soft and smooth look to it, which blurs, obscures definition, making it difficult to visually gauge fat loss. This is made worse by the fact that Anadrol does not convert into Estrogen, and therefore imposes this effect on the user by some as-of-yet-unidentified other means. Therefore, and aromatase inhibitor in this case would not work to reduce the bloating effect.

Anadrol cycles are normally composed of Anadrol as a kickstarting compound for the first 4 – 6 weeks where it is supplementary to other injectable base compounds that are used for similar purposes, such as Testosterone Enanthate, Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate), Trenbolone Enanthate, etc. It can also be utilized in the middle of a cycle in order to push through any sticking points or plateaus in training progress. Additionally, some users throw it into the end of a cycle in order to boost the end of a cycle and act as a ‘finisher’ compound in a cycle, leaving the user to end off their cycle with some very impressive strength and size gains as they move into the PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) phase.

Anadrol cycles should not extend beyond 4 – 6 weeks due to hepatotoxicity issues. However, other compounds used with it, such as injectables, can be utilized beyond Anadrol’s ending period.


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