Although many people today use Clenbuterol to aid in weight loss, this interesting drug was created to treat breathing disorders such as asthma. In this article, I will be going over what Clenbuterol is, its uses, side effects, and dosages used for weight loss purposes.
What is Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol Hydrochloride is a medication classified as a bronchodilator. Although Clenbuterol has proven to be very successful in treating many breathing disorders the FDA has not approved it, this means that even with a prescription you cannot obtain Clenbuterol legally in the United States. The main reason for this is because the FDA sees no need to approve Clenbuterol when many other approved medications work in a similar manner in treating breathing disorders.
Many people believe that Clenbuterol is an anabolic steroid, this is however not true. It is infact a stimulant and is classified as a sympathomimetics. Other drugs/medications with this classification are ephedrine, caffeine, amphetamines, cocaine etc.
Properties of Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol activates the sympathomimetic nervous system. Drugs classified as sympathomimetics can act on many different receptors in the body. Clenbuterol acts on the beta-2 receptor and stimulates it. This stimulation is what makes clenbuterol an effective medication for treating asthma, as it causes the airways in the lungs and throat to open and expand, which allows for easier breathing.
Another benefit and also probably the reason you are reading this article is Clenbuterol’s ability to burn fat. Clenbuterol speeds up the metabolism and increases the bodies temperature, both of these lead to an increase in the number of calories burned, which leads to faster weight loss. Clenbuterol is so effective at speeding up weight loss that it has become one of the most used weight loss drugs in the world by athletes, bodybuilders and even regular people who are looking to drop a bit of weight.
Clenbuterol has shown to be very effective at speeding up weight loss and many people abuse this drug to lose weight without proper dieting or training. However, if you use this drug and don’t follow a proper caloric deficit diet, you will not see results and will be wasting your time.
Clenbuterol has also shown to have an anabolic effect on animals, which has lead people to believe that using this compound will help increase lean muscle mass. This is unfortunately not true, and the anabolic effects of this drug remain exclusively to animals.
Clenbuterol is mostly used for fat loss and is often used alone or with anabolic steroids such as Trenbolone and Winstrol or Anavar to form a ‘cutting cycle.’ Whether run alone or in a cycle, the dosage and cycle duration remains the same. There are two popular protocols when using Clenbuterol, either two days on two days off, or 2 weeks on two weeks off. Both these protocols have proven to be effective, and the protocol chosen is usually due to personal preference. Many people also run Ketotifen in the cycle which allows them to skip the two on two off protocol and use Clenbuterol for up to 8 weeks straight. Ketotifen is an antihistamine which upregulates the beta-2 receptors that get downregulated from using Clenbuterol, this upregulation of the beta-2 receptors allows the effects from Clenbuterol to remain constant throughout the cycle.
The dosage of Clenbuterol will vary between males and females. Most men use between 100 – 160 mcg per day, while women use between 60 – 100 mcg per day. When starting a Clen cycle, the dosage needs to be slowly ramped up. For example, the starting dosage would be 40mcg for 2 or 3 days, then increased to 60mcg for 2 or 3 days and so on until you reach your desired dosage. Ramping up the dosage slowly helps decrease or avoid side effects. Due to Clenbuterol’s half-life being longer than a day (around 37 hours), there is no need to split up the dosage throughout the day, and a single morning dose will be sufficient. Avoid using Clenbuterol late in the day as it will often cause insomnia.
Clenbuterol Side Effects
As mentioned earlier, Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid, so the side effects commonly associated with steroids will be of no concern when using this weight loss drug. Unfortunately, even though Clen does not have the same side effects as steroids, it does have many side effects which can often be quite harsh depending on how sensitive the user is and the dosage used. If any of the side effects become unbearable, lowering the dosage will usually cause the side effects to disappear within a few days.
Common side effects include:
– Increased sweating due to a higher body temperature
– Feeling ‘wired’
– Tremors (shaky hands)
– Muscle cramps
These side effects are all very common, and most users will experience these side effects especially at the beginning of a cycle. While many of the side effects can be easily tolerated, muscle cramps can often be quite severe and painful. Clenbuterol strips the muscles of Taurine which is what causes the muscles to cramp. Supplementing Taurine at 3 – 5 grams a day alongside magnesium will help decrease or even prevent muscle cramps.
Less common side effects include:
While these side effects are less common, they still affect a lot of people. Insomnia can often be avoided by taking your dosage early in the morning, however many sensitive people may still have insomnia due to Clenbuterol’s long half-life. Other more severe side effects may consist of panic attacks, an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure and Cardiac hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart).
Clenbuterol is a great weight loss aid that has helped many people lose weight faster than what can be achieved with other weight loss products. It does, however, have a list of severe side effects and can cause serious health problems, primarily when used at large dosages and for long periods of time.
Both pharmaceutical companies and underground labs manufacture clenbuterol. If you are fortunate enough to have a supplier who sells pharmaceutical grade Clenbuterol, then you should go with that. The main issue with Clenbuterol is the tiny doses used per a tablet (usually 20mcg), and because of this, it is very easy for an underground lab to make a mistake with the dosing of the pills. Even a small error in the dosing can be of significant harm to your health. There are however many underground labs with quality manufacturing facilities which produce accurately dosed products. Generally, Clenbuterol comes in packs of 50 tablets each dosed at 20mcg, and while some labs may produce higher dosed tablets, it is better to stick to 20mcg as it makes ramping up the dosage easier.
Most people opt to buy Clenbuterol online as it is more accessible and more private than when buying in person. As always, make sure that Clenbuterol is legal to purchase in your country beforehand.
Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only. We do not condone or recommend the use of harmful substances. Steroids or substances such as Clenbuterol are dangerous drugs and should not be used by anyone without a valid doctors prescription.