Dianabol is the name given by the Ciba brand for the substance Methandrostenolone. Why is Methandienone so popular? This is mainly down to a few important factors; it is an oral steroid so it is very appealing to inexperienced steroids users who do not want to use injectable compounds, it is widely available, it is very cheap compared to other anabolic steroids, and most importantly – it is very effective at causing rapid gains in muscle and strength. Due to its massive popularity we thought it would be great to have an article that will aid anybody that wishes to embark on a Methandienone cycle.
How to take Methandienone
Although Methandienone is available in an injectable format, it is most commonly used as an oral steroid in the form of a small tablet. Methandienone has a relatively short half life which means for a user to retain a stable blood concentration level they are best taking the daily dosage split over the course of the day. Splitting the dose of Methandienone is usually easy due to the dosage of tablets available, and it would appear beneficial to consume the dose around the time you have a meal to minimise any possible stomach upsets.
There is another school of thought which you may hear in other articles about Methandienone and on bodybuilding forums, which is to consume the full daily dose pre workout. This method is said to have the benefit of greater drug uptake, and greater performance in the gym due to the peak in blood concentration achieved during the workout. This method sounds appealing, but we must also remember that this administration regime will cause a greater strain on the liver. This method is still used by many experienced Methandienone users however, mainly using the drug as a pre workout anabolic. For most users it would be wiser to split the dosage.
GP Oxy was probably the all time favorite mass and strength building oral AAS. At dosages of 100-250 mg/d, many realized weight gains of 1 5-25 lbs…n only a few weeks. Users raved about unbelievable strength and recovery as well. Unfortunately, the majority of weight gain was water retention and to a much lesser extent increased red blood cell count. Post-cycle lean mass retention sucked unless a high anabolic AAS such as Nandrolone, Equipoise, Winstrol-Depot, or Primobolan Depot were stacked with it, or in my experience more wisely utilized in a Max Androgen Phase. (And GP Oxywas discontinued at least 10-14 days before the high anabolic of course)
GP Oxy was commonly used the last few weeks pre-contest also. This was done to increase training intensity, post work-out recovery, increase vascularity, and induce a distinct fullness/hardening effect. When used pre-contest, GP Oxy required the use of Nolvadex or other estrogen receptor antagonist.
Even with the use of a finasteride-type drug, GP Oxy tended to cause balding for some. It also gave many athletes raging gyno in the upper dosage ranges. GP Oxy does not actually aromatize but does posses progesterone like qualities. Progesterone is an estrogen that causes gyno as well as serious water retention. Faslodex (fulvestrant) has been the better estrogen antagonist during administration of any AAS with progestin activity. Why, the drug works by down-regulating estrogen and progesterone receptor counts. Less receptors means less activity. There was a debate as to whether or not GP Oxy did, or could convert to, a DHT or DHT derivative.
GP Oxy was such a potent androgen that it attached itself to sex tissue specific androgen receptors in the scalp and prostatic areas. Finasteride did seem to posses some receptor-site blocking qualities and therefore was helpful. Interestingly, GP Oxy did not induce strong activation of androgen receptor-sites in muscle tissue. But it did cause impressive muscle mass gains. Ironic, but obviously GP Oxy worked. Sadly, GP Oxy was seriously liver toxic. Only Methyltestosterone rivaled it for toxicity and Halotestin beat it for liver destruction. Due to serious water retention during GP Oxy use pre-contest, a diuretic would be necessary the last 2-3 days pre-contest. Remember GP Oxy causes serious HPTA suppression.