Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

If you are into bodybuilding, then chances are you have heard about Dianabol (Methandrostenolone). Methandrostenolone is an oral steroid that quickly became the most popular anabolic steroid for building muscle and increasing strength at an incredible rate. In this article, I will be going over what Dianabol is, its history, how it works, and the possible side effects.

What is Dianabol

As previously mentioned, Dianabol is the most popular oral anabolic steroid of all time. Although Dianabol is also available in an injectable version, the oral version remains to more popular option. It gained its popularity for many reasons, with the two main reasons being, it is incredibly potent and very cheap when compared to other steroids.

According to a study performed in 1975 at the Manchester University in England. Thirteen male weightlifters on high-protein diets took part in a double-blind crossover trial of Dianabol at either 10 or 25mg’s a day. The aim of the study was to see if an increase in athletic performance could be linked to Dianabol. The study found that the athletes who were using methandienone had significant improvements when compared to their placebo counterparts. However the side effects proved to be to much for some and three men withdrew from the study because of them. Once Dianabol was stopped all the side effects disappeared. – Source https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1673411/

The History of Dianabol

During the 1950’s the Soviet Union dominated the Olympic games, an American doctor by the name of Dr. John Ziegler quickly learned that the Soviets were using Testosterone to increase their performance. This led Dr. John Ziegler to work with Ciba Pharmaceuticals to develop a new steroid called Methandrostenolone/Methandienone which was sold under the trade name Dianabol. The goal was for Dianabol to have similar performance enhancing properties as Testosterone but would also be faster acting than Testosterone. Dianabol quickly found its way into most competitive sports allowing the athletes to be far stronger and faster than ever thought possible.

Due to so many athletes and bodybuilders abusing Dianabol, the FDA began pressuring Ciba pharmaceuticals to list the medical benefits and side effects of Dianabol. The continuous pressure from the FDA eventually led to Ciba discontinuing the production of Dianabol, and within a few years, all brands of Methandrostenolone were banned in the United States. Nowadays although there are a few countries that still legally produce Dianabol, it is mainly underground steroid labs that make and sell this steroid.

Properties of Dianabol

Methandrostenolone is derived from the male hormone testosterone. A double bond at the carbon one and two position makes Dianabol less androgenic than testosterone, and a methyl group added to the 17th carbon is what allows Dianabol to be absorbed into the bloodstream without being destroyed by the liver. This attached methyl group is known as a C17-Alpha Alkylation, and while it does help make Dianabol the powerful steroid that it is, it also causes a lot of strain on the liver.

Most of the benefits related to Dianabol are its ability to enhance protein synthesis, glycogenolysis, and nitrogen retention. In layman’s terms, Protein synthesis is when cells build proteins, when you increase protein synthesis you increase the rate at which cells can build protein which effectively leads to faster muscle growth. Glycogenolysis refers to the conversion of glycogen to glucose when we have an increased rate of glycogenolysis we can more efficiently convert glycogen to glucose which leads to better energy and less fat storage from the consumed carbohydrates. Nitrogen retention refers to the retaining of nitrogen within the body. When the body retains more nitrogen, it helps keep the body in an anabolic state as well as assists with faster recovery from workouts. Enhanced nitrogen retention is one of the main reasons why people who are on Dianabol can train longer and harder without the risk of overtraining.

Dianabol is also known to interact very well with other anabolic steroids. When using Dianabol in a cycle in conjunction with other steroids, for example, testosterone, you will find that if a lower dosage of testosterone is used the effects would still be greater due to the synergy provided from Dianabol.

Side Effects of Dianabol

Methandrostenolone is a powerful compound, and it would be naive to think that you could use this steroid without the risk of side effects. Although some people are more susceptible to side effects than others, it is always wise to use an anabolic steroid with caution and to have the necessary products on hand in case any side effects occur.

Estrogen-Related Side Effects

The rate at which Dianabol aromatizes is relatively high, which means it can lead to a large amount of methylestradiol in the body. Methylestradiol is stronger than estradiol which is why estrogen related side effects are quite common with Dianabol. High estrogen levels can often lead to water retention, high blood pressure, and gynecomastia. Aromatase inhibitors such as Exemestane, Arimidex and Letrozole or Estrogen blockers such as Nolvadex should always be kept on hand when using Dianabol, in case estrogen related side effects occur.

High Blood Pressure

Dianabol is notorious for causing high blood pressure. This can often be controlled by watching your diet and controlling water retention by using an anti-estrogen as mentioned above. Make sure to watch your sodium intake, follow a healthy exercise regime and do a bit of cardio before each weight training session. When using steroids, you should get your blood pressure checked regularly. It’s not called the silent killer for no reason.


Not everyone suffers from acne when using Dianabol. However, if you are prone to acne or already suffer from acne, its probably best you avoid this steroid as it can make the problem far worse.


Being a C17-Alpha Alkylated steroid, Dianabol is known to put a large amount of strain on the liver. During a Dianabol cycle its common for liver enzyme values to increase but will usually start returning to normal once the Dianabol is stopped. To help avoid liver damage you should limit your Dianabol cycle to a max of 6 weeks, stick to moderate dosages, drink lots of water while on cycle and avoid alcohol at all costs. Liver supplements such as Milk Thistle may also be taken to help the liver. Another critical thing to note is that you should never use Dianabol with other oral steroids at the same time.


A suppression of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and an increase in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) are very common when using Dianabol. It is essential to get your cholesterol levels checked during a cycle and to do what you can to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, as poor cholesterol can lead to a build-up of plaque in arteries over time.

Testosterone Suppression

Using steroids causes the body to stop producing its own testosterone. The suppression of natural testosterone levels is a common side effect of all steroids. However, some steroids suppress natural testosterone more than others do. Testosterone suppression related to Dianabol usage is on the higher side when compared to other anabolic steroids. To prevent side effects associated with low testosterone levels on cycle, it is always advised to incorporate injectable testosterone into a cycle (Testosterone Enanthate or Cypionate are popular choices).

When a cycle is complete, the body will slowly start producing testosterone again, to help speed this process up and to avoid any side effects related to low testosterone a PCT (post cycle therapy) should be started. A standard PCT will usually consist of Nolvadex and Clomid, however, heavier cycles would need a larger PCT to help with recovery.

Using Dianabol

Dianabol is commonly used in a bulking cycle to build as much muscle as possible. A dosage as low as 15 to 20mg’s a day for 4 to 6 weeks is enough for first-time users to see incredible results. More advanced users typically use between 40mg, and 50mg’s a day. Dosages higher than 50mg a day are not advised and can lead to serious side effects and liver problems. Dianabol has a short half-life of 3 to 5 hours, so it is recommended to split your Dianabol into 2 or 3 doses throughout the day to ensure steadier blood levels.

Most injectable steroids such as Testosterone Cypionate can take 4 to 5 weeks to start working, and this is why Dianabol is usually taken at the beginning of the cycle to help kickstart the gains while the user waits for the testosterone to kick in. Dianabol starts working within a few days, and after a week or two, it is fully kicked in.

Although not a popular choice, Dianabol can also be used in a cutting cycle. When on a caloric deficit diet, muscle loss often occurs. To prevent or reduce muscle loss, a steroid cutting cycle is usually done alongside the diet. Because Dianabol is such a potent anabolic steroid, it helps reduce the risk of muscle loss when cutting. The downside to using Dianabol on a cutting cycle is water retention, which is a side effect most people want to avoid when getting leaner as it reduces the definition in the muscles.

Buying Dianabol

Most people opt to buy Dianabol online, as its the most accessible and safest method. Because of Dianabol being the most popular steroid available, its almost guaranteed that any steroid dealer will have this steroid in stock. Dianabol is available in many different brands, quantities, and dosages. Depending on the brand, Dianabol is usually available in 5mg or 10mg tablets; however, dosages as high as 50mg a tablet are available from some suppliers. The problem with such high dosed pills is that it is hard to split the dosage up throughout the day. Whereas with 5mg or 10mg pills it’s easier to split the dosage up. Dianabol is illegal in most parts of the world, so to avoid any legal problems, make sure to do your research before attempting to purchase something that may be illegal in your country.


Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only. We do not condone or recommend the use of harmful substances. Steroids are dangerous drugs and should not be used by anyone without a valid doctors prescription.

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