Anadrol is just one of many brand names of Oxymetholone; an extremely popular bulking steroid in bodybuilding circles nicknamed ‘A-bombs’. It’s no surprise that Anadrol is a controlled substance, illegal to use outside of its prescribed purposes. Still, hard-gainers around the globe try to get their hands on it, but at what cost to their health?
Let’s take a quick look at what Anadrol actually is before we get into the nasty details of what it can end up doing to your body. What is Anadrol?
Anadrol is an extremely strong androgenic steroid that was first produced in the 1960s. It can increase your red blood cell count, so it can be good for those who suffer from severe anaemia. It’s also been used to treat osteoporosis and more recently seen an increase in popularity to treat HIV/AIDS wasting syndrome.
With its ability to promote blood cell production and improve nitrogen retention it’s no surprise that Anadrol improves your ability to bulk up and gain mass by improving protein synthesis. Effectively Anadrol has the power to make your body a muscle building powerhouse.
The standard daily dosage of Anadrol is 50mg. With Anadrol 50 tablets being the common dose of Oxymetholone on the market, at this dosage moderate gains can be made. Frequently this dosage gets upped to 100mg by many bodybuilders where the gains are much more pronounced, increasing dosage to 150mg has minimal impact but dramatically increases the side effects and is commonly thought to not be worth the risk.
Being one of the most powerful steroids available today, only a knucklehead would believe there’s no such thing as Anadrol side effects. Let’s take a look at 5 of the main issues you could face with this drug: 1. Water retention
Water retention is basically an increased amount of fluid under the skin, and this can become a significant issue when using Anadrol. It can lead to a decrease in visible muscle definition and a look that can only be described as bloated.
2. Connective tissue damage
I know this sounds ridiculous, but Anadrol is actually too powerful. It can increase your mass by as much as 20–30 lbs in 6 weeks. Such a rapid increase is too much for your connective tissues to handle. This can lead to detached muscles. Getting them surgically reconnected isn’t pretty.
3. Gynecomastia (man boobs)
Gynecomastia is enlargement of the male breast tissue. As well as looking embarrassing, the tissue can grow unevenly and be tender and painful. If it’s a well-built chest you want, as seen on the front of fitness magazines, Anadrol might not be right for you.
4. Body hair, acne and oily skin
As we mentioned already, Anadrol is very powerful. Some of the androgenic side effects caused by other steroids, such as unwanted body hair, oily skin, and acne, are even more severe when caused by Anadrol. They may also surface faster in Anadrol users than in other steroid users – which is damn quick.
5. Liver damage
We know from looking at other steroids that the chemical C-17 Alpha Alkylated (C-17aa) means that the steroid has been altered to survive the first pass through the liver. As you can imagine, this doesn’t do the liver any good at all! Compared with other steroids, Anadrol has an extremely high number of milligrams per dosage – higher than other popular steroids such as Winstrol and Dianabol – which further increases the stress the liver faces.
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