Anabolic Steroids FAQ Home Page

Compiled by Fred Hosn

Version 4.0 - Last updated May 1st, 1998


Introduction:

This FAQ is posted to newsgroups misc.fitness.weights and alt.sport.weightlifting every once in a while. The Text version of this FAQ is available by clicking here and the Adobe Acrobat PDF version is available by clicking here. Please note that I do NOT have access to the Internet therefore I can't respond to Emails. If you have a question about Anabolic Steroids, please post it to the Newsgroups mentioned above.

--Fred Hosn


Content:

1. Disclaimer
2. What are Anabolic Steroids?
3. What are the side effects?
4. Can you list & describe the various types of AS?
5. What other drugs are used in conjunction with AS?
6. Can you rate the various types of Anabolic Steroids?
7. What are the best cycles of Anabolic Steroids?
8. Other Questions
9. Open forum & Copyright Information


1. Disclaimer (Please Read):

Anabolic steroids (AS) are a controlled substance (DEA class CIII), and they are a very powerful hormone which might cause serious adverse reaction. So, I do NOT advocate, promote, or encourage the use or the possession of Anabolic steroids. Also, be aware that I am NOT a medical expert and I do NOT provide medical advice. If you need medical advice, please consult your physician. Furthermore, every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this FAQ, however I assume NO responsibility for errors, omissions, or for personal and physical damage/harm resulting from the use of the information contained herein. IF YOU DECIDE TO USE ANABOLIC STEROIDS OR ANY OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

2. What are Anabolic Steroids?

Anabolic steroids (AS) are synthetic derivative of testosterone (the male sex hormone). Testosterone is responsible for normal growth and development of the male sex organs and for the maintenance of secondary sex characteristics which include growth and maturation of the prostate, seminal vesicles, penis, and scrotum. Furthermore, testosterone help in thickening of the vocal cord, the alteration in body musculature and fat distribution, and the retention of nitrogen, water, and electrolytes.

3. What are the side effects?

Anabolic steroids are associated with numerous side effects. Most of the side effects are mild and reversible. However, some are permanent and life threatening.

In both sexes:

In males:

In females:

4. Can you list & describe the various types of AS?

Note:

- This list is by no mean complete.
- The names in parenthesis are brand names (some of which has been discontinued).
- The dosage provided are, in some cases, the therapeutic dosage.
- Dosages used by athletes can be much higher.


  • Boldenone Undecylenate (Equibold; Equipoise; Vebenol)

  • Formebolone (Esiclene, Hubernol)

  • Fluoxymesterone (Android-f; Halotestin; Hysterone)

  • Methandrostenolone (Anabol; Dianabol; Metanabol)

  • Methenolone (Primobolan; Primobolan Depot)

  • Methyltestosterone (Android; Metadren; Primotest)

  • Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin; Hybolin Decanoate; Kabolin)

  • Nandrolone Phenpropionate (Anabolin; Durabolin; Nandrocot)

  • Nandrolone Undecanoate (Dynabolon)

  • Oxandrolone (Anavar; Antitriol; Lonavar; Oxandrin)

  • Oxymetholone (Anadrol 50; Anapolon 50; Plenastrill 50)

  • Parabolan (Parabolan)

  • Proviron (Proviron, Pluriviron)

  • Stanozolol (Winstrol; Stromba)

  • Testosterone Esters (Andro-Cyp; Depo-Test.; Primotest Depot; Sustanon)

    5. What other drugs are used in conjunction with AS?

  • Tamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex; Tamoxifen; Tamoxan)

  • Clomiphene Citrate (Clomid; Omifin; Serophene)

      Clomid is a drug that is used to normalize the function of the testes. It acts directly on the hypothalamus to produce LH and FSH thus increasing the level of Testosterone in the body.

      Dosage: 50-100 mg/day

  • Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (Chorex; Gonic; Pregnyl)

      HCG is a drug used to jump start the body's own production of testosterone after the end of a steroid cycle. It act in the body by imitating the action of LH (a hormone that regulated testosterone production).

      Dosage: 1,500/5,000 Unit two to three times a week

  • Ephedrine HCL (Dymetadrine, Theodrine, plus many O.C. expectorant)

      Ephedrine (E) is used medically as an expectorant and it is found in many O.C. drugs. Strength athletes use E for it's thermogenic/anticatabolic effects; many BB compare the effect of E to those of the much stronger drug Clenbuterol. E is usually used in conjunction with Caffeine (C) and Aspirin (A).

      Dosage: 25mg E + 200 mg C + 300 mg A Before Exercise (OR) 25mg E + 200 mg C + 300 mg A three times a day

  • Clenbuterol Hydrocloride (Clenasma; Navegam; Spiropent)

    Dosage 80-120 mcg/day

  • Human Growth Hormone (Genotropin; Humatrope; Saizen)

      hGH is a hormone produced by the pituitary (the pea-size organ deep behind your nose). This hormone is used by weight trainers to promote protein anabolism and the release of body fat into the bloodstream. This stuff cost $60-$100 per 4 IU.

      Dosage: Up to 0.1 mg/kg (0.26 IU/kg) three times a week.

    6. Can you rate the various types of Anabolic Steroids?

    I will use size, strength & side effects as the evaluation criteria.

    Note: * indicates a low value (AND) *****  indicates a high value

    Anabolic SteroidsSizeStrengthSide Effects
    Boldenone Undecylenate***********
    Fluoxymesterone*********
    Formebolone***N/A**
    Methyltestosterone***********
    Nandrolone Decanoate********
    Nandrolone Phenpropionate********
    Nandrolone Undecanoate********
    Methandrostenolone***************
    Oxandrolone***
    Oxymetholone***************
    Parabolan***************
    Primobolan***
    Proviron*******
    Stanozolol (Oral)******
    Stanozolol (Injectable)*****
    Testosterone************

    7. What are the best cycles of Anabolic Steroids?

    The best cycles are those that last a short period of time. Those cycles usually lasts 8-10 weeks because the most muscle gain come in the first month of the cycle. Here are some *BASIC* hypothetical cycles of AS.

    i. The Up then Down (Diamond Pattern) Cycle:

    * AS used: Testosterone Cypionate 200 mg/ml

    WeekTestosterone Cypionate
    1200 mg
    2200 mg
    3400 mg
    4400 mg
    5600 mg
    6400 mg
    7400 mg
    8200 mg
    9200 mg


    ii. The Increase-as-you-go Cycle:

    * AS used: Methandrostenolone (D-bal) 5 mg/tab

    WeekMethandrostenolone
    110 mg/day
    215 mg/day
    315 mg/day
    420 mg/day
    520 mg/day
    625 mg/day


    iii. The Playing with Days Cycle:

    * AS used: Sostenon 250 mg/ml

    DaySostenon 250
    1250 mg
    14250 mg
    24250 mg
    31250 mg
    38250 mg
    44250 mg
    49250 mg
    54250 mg


    iv. Here are some more advanced AS cycle:

    Cycle 1: AS used: D-bal 5 mg/tab, Sustanon 250 mg/ml, Deca 200mg/ml, and HCG 2500 IU

    WeekD-balSustanonDecaHCG
    110 mg/day0200 mg0
    215 mg/day0200 mg0
    320 mg/day0200 mg0
    425 mg/day0200 mg0
    50250 mg200 mg0
    60250 mg200 mg0
    70500 mg200 mg0
    80500 mg200 mg0
    9000 2x2500 IU
    10000 2x2500 IU

    Cycle 2: AS used: Sustanon 250 mg/ml, Dynabolon 80.5 mg/ml, and Pregnyl 1500 U

    WeekSustanon 250Dynabolon 80.5Pregnyl 1500 IU
    1250 mg161 mg0
    2250 mg161 mg0
    3500 mg161 mg0
    4500 mg161 mg0
    5500 mg241.5 mg3x1500 U
    6500 mg241.5 mg0
    7750 mg241.5 mg0
    8750 mg241.5 mg0
    900 3x1500 IU
    1000 3x1500 IU

    8. Other questions

    Question: How is Testosterone produced in the body naturally?

    Answer: First, let me say that both males and females produce testosterone (T) and Estrogen (E) naturally. However the amount of T and E produced varies between the two sexes. In this post I'll emphasize on the production of T in males [sorry ladies :)] which goes like this:

    When T level in the body falls bellow a certain set-point (set-point varies between individuals) the hypothalamus is stimulated to produce Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone GnRH). GnRH in turn signal the pituitary to produce Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle Stimulated Hormone (FSH) which is then released into the blood stream. Those two hormones travel in the blood until they get attached to specialized cells in the testes; LH enters the Leydig cells where it stimulate the production of T, while FSH enters the Sertoli cells and promotes the production of Sperm.

    Now for sperm cells to mature they need to "swim" in T. So guess who gets the first shot at T? The remaining T is then released into the blood stream where 97 to 99 percent of them gets bound to serum protein and become inactive and then destroyed by the liver. The remaining 1 to 3 percent are free to enter sex organs and muscle cells and might, under certain circumstances, cause muscle growth.

    At this point the level of T is high in the blood. This high concentration of T signals the formation of Inhibin which then signal the hypothalamus to stop the production of GnRH and the beginning of the transformation of some T to Estrogen (the female sex hormone). When the level of T become low again, the whole process is repeated.

    Things to keep in mind:

    • The average male 21-45 produces 4-12 mg/day of T naturally - if your body produce between 9 & 12 mg/day you're a lucky dog!!

    • Amount of LH is almost exactly equal to amount of FSH.

    • Only a very small amount of T produced can cause muscle growth.

    • Your body is programmed to think That sperm formation is more important than muscle growth.

    • The process mentioned above is repeated every 1-3 hours


    Question: How do you Inject Anabolic Steroids?

    Note: The information below was taken from the current information leaflet on steroid use, prepared by the Inner South Community Health Services AIDS Prevention Team for Turning Point, Melbourne. A big Thank you goes to James M. for bringing this subject to my attention and for providing a text copy of the injection leaflet.

    Answer: When injecting steroids, whether water or oil based, they must be taken intramuscularly, i.e. the injection must penetrate the skin and surface fat and enter the muscle. The most common area to inject into is the upper outer quarter of the buttock. Injections can also be placed into the outer thigh. Intramuscular injections should be given deep within the muscle and away from major nerves and blood vessels.

    Some solutions can be harder to inject than others, causing the needle to block sometimes. Shake the solution vigorously before drawing into the syringe to avoid blocking.

    The most acceptable needle is a 19 or 21 gauge (1.5 inch) with a 2.5ml syringe. Needles shorter than 1 inch are not recommended.

    The injection site should be cleaned with an alcohol swab. Always use a new syringe and a new needle. To clear the syringe of air slowly squeeze the plunger, needle pointed up, until the air bubbles near the top are pushed out. Do not touch the needle. Once the syringe is inserted deep into the muscle, pull back on the plunger and make sure there is no blood in the syringe (indicating you've hit a blood vessel). Slowly inject the oil, withdraw the needle and press a new alcohol swab on the site. Rub the area vigorously. Always discard the used needle properly: use a needle disposal bin or coffee jar and return to a needle exchange.

    It is not recommended to use the same injection site more than twice a week.

    9. Open forum & Copyright information

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