Oxymetholone, commonly referred as Anadrol or Anapoloon, is an anabolic and androgenic steroid derived from dihydrotestosterone (DHT). It has a short half life of 8 to 9 hours so it is a daily steroid, available only in oral form. Oxymetholone was developed in the 50s for treatment of anemia and osteoporosis and to stimulate muscle growth after long periods of hospitalization.
What is Anadrol used for in bodybuilding
Anadrol is primarily used for bulking and it is considered by many bodybuilders as a much better choice than Methandienone (Anabol). Oxymetholone can add massive bulk in a short period of time and gains are visible already at the beginning of a cycle. This is also true with Anabol, but the quality of muscle tissue is quite different. Anabol-induced muscle mass has a kind of spongy, bloated look. With Oxymetholone, the muscles will look hard, strong and vascular. Oxymetholone is very well known for the pumps bodybuilders experience during training: no other oral steroid can deliver a comparable pump on muscles combined with strength gains. and all these benefits start to appear in as little as a couple of weeks into the cycle.
Anadrol side effects
As with all anabolic steroids and particularly oral ones, Anadrol comes with its own peculiar side effects. Oxymetholone is a very powerful steroid and, as is so often the case, the more powerful the steroid, the stronger the side effects. The main side effects to be aware of hepatotoxicity: like Anabol and all steroids of this kind, Anadrol is demanding on the liver. Another side effect Anadrol is infamous for is headache. This may have a very negative impact on a cycle as many people can’t tolerate migraines. Another peculiar side effect is a mood change towards aggression. And like all steroids, Anadrol also cause the body to slow down the normal production of hormones, especially Testosterone. For this reason Oxymetholone is often stacked with Testtosterone. Post cycle therapy is also necessary after the Anadrol cycle is complete.
Anadrol cycle for beginners
Beginners usually start with a daily dosage of 25 mg/day. Even such a small dosage is enough to initial results. A 4 weeks cycle is considered a good way to start bulking.
Week 1-4 Anadrol 25 mg/day
Anadrol cycle for intermediate users
Athletes who already experienced previous Anadrol cycles (and know their tolerance levels to side effects) increase dosage to 50 mg/day and lengthen the cycle to 8 weeks.
Week 1-8 Anadrol 50 mg/day
Anadrol cycle for experienced users
Experienced users often push their tolerance limits to 100 mg/day, adding 1 mg of Arimidex daily to limit the impact on the liver.
Stacking Anadrol with other compounds like Testosterone Cypionate or Deca Durabolin is essential for an advanced Anadrol cycle, as in the two example below.
Week 1-12 Anadrol 100 mg/day + Testosterone Cypionate 500 mg/week
Week 1-12 Anadrol 100 mg/day + Deca Durabolin 200 mg/week