Anadrol is an anabolic steroid which is popular among many people of the sports fraternity. It is a very strong contender for being the most popular drug for use by bodybuilders along with Dianabol (Methandrostenolone). It has been extensively used by people since 1959 and is a substitute of the naturally present hormone Dihydrotestosterone. This supplement was initially marketed by the Syntex pharmaceutical company and was popular for the treatment of several medical conditions.
Anadrol is an orally active steroid that is a modified form of the parent natural hormone present in the body Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Many popular steroids like this one are modified form of DHT like Anavar and Winstrol. Many beneficial medical uses of the steroid, Oxymetholone the generic and brand name Anadrol is known. It has been used to treat osteoporosis and anemia in patients. In spite of all these advantages, it has been used by many people like athletes and bodybuilders for an entirely different purpose.
Anadrol contains a methyl group in its first cycloalkene and 2-hydroxymethylene group. These effects make it more beneficial by decreasing the rate of breakdown in the muscle cells which gives it an advantage over its parent Dihydrotestosterone. The degradation of the modified form of the steroid is by the enzyme 3-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, which degrades DHT does not occur as it cannot bind to the modified form. Instead, the presence of alkylation increases the bioavailability of Anadrol in the body helping it to have a much more favorable effect. Anadrol is less potent than testosterone. Still, use of this steroid can decrease the level of the natural hormone in the body.
The Effects of Anadrol Use
Anadrol is medically used by doctors to treat diseases like osteoporosis, anemia, and wasting of muscles due to AIDS or cancer. It is a most potent drug for erythropoiesis. It increases the level of erythropoietin in the body which helps in generating more red blood cells. Due to this effect, it was successfully administered to treat anemic patients.
There are many side effects of Anadrol use. Though it contains a modification at the 17α carbon yet, it is quite hepatotoxic. Of all its anabolic steroid counterparts it is the most toxic to the liver. Steroid use also has a lot of estrogenic effects and leads to the different types of problems to the user which includes increased production of sebum in the skin leading to acne breakage, water retention in the body and gynecomastia. The use should be done carefully to prevent such effects.
Oxymetholone the generic and brand name for Anadrol is normally used in the bulking cycle by the athletes to increase the muscle mass in the body. This steroid is not advised for use in the cutting cycle as it does not lead to loss of fat in the body rather it leads to water retention. Men normally use Anadrol in the concentration of 50 mg per day for a month to get the desired bulking effect of the muscles. Use of Anadrol should not be done for a longer period as it can lead to hepatotoxicity. Careful use of this steroid is necessary to prevent permanent damage to the body due to its effect.