Is a synthetic derivative of testosterone
Has medium anabolic and strong androgenic effects
Has an extremely short half-life; 5-6 hours,
Not effective to build lean muscle or while on calorie reduced diets
Will stimulate appetite
Increased muscle and weight gain are not well maintained post therapy
Has a great effect on the protein metabolism
May be hepatoxic when orally administered
Will aromatize into estrogens at a high rate
Excessive water retention regularly occurs as may an increase in blood pressure
Will convert to dihydrotestosterone (DHT)
Has a large impact on endrogenic testosterone production
Is not well tolerated and should not be used by women
Dianabol is one of those drugs that seem to have gained a 'cult' following over the years. Originally introduced in 1960, it soon gained the tag "Breakfast of Champions". Whether this tag is deserved or not, Dianabol still remains one of the most popular bodybuilding staples to this day. Similar to testosterone and Anadrol 50, Dianabol is a powerful substance with a great effect on protein metabolism. It also promotes calcium storage in the bones and is believed to have a strengthening effect on the whole system. A weight gain of 2-4 pounds per week in the first six weeks is usually observed which is accompanied by significant strength gains. On the down side, it does have fairly noticeable side effects. Being quite estrogenic, gynecomastia (growth of female like breast tissue in males) could be a concern and water retention can become pronounced. For this reason sensitive individuals may wish to add an anti-estrogen such as Nolvadex or preferably Arimadex when using this drug. Androgenic side effects are also common and may manifest as bouts of oily skin, acne, body/facial hair growth as well as aggression. Due to its androgenic effects, Dianabol is really only popular with male athletes. However, women who choose to experiment with it usually find low doses (5mg/day - half our 10mg tab) produce significant gains in muscle growth. For men a daily dosage of 2-3 tablets (20-30mg) is enough to produce dramatic results. Some do go higher than this but it must be noted that the higher the dose the higher the incidence of side effects. It should also be noted that Dianabol has a relatively short half-life (only 3-5 hours) which means that you should split your dose and take it twice a day in order to keep blood levels more constant (this option is strictly up to the individual).
STACKING TIPS: Dbol stacks well with a number of steroids, however it has been known to mix particularly well with Deca-Durabolin. In fact, legendary steroid 'guru' Dan Duchaine once said, "If you can't grow on Deca and Dianabol you're not going to grow at all!"
DIET TIPS: Dbol (along with most steroids) relies on quality protein intake in order to exhibit maximum results. It has a particular affinity with steak, so be sure to include lean red meat in your diet.
LIVER ALERT: As a c17 alpha alkylated steroid, Dianabol does give your liver a lot of extra work to do. With this in mind you might want to monitor your liver enzyme values (achieved by regular blood testing by a physician) and take liver protecting supplements such as milk thistle and NAC.