Winstrol Stanozolol Boldenone Steroid Bodybuilding Muscle Growth
|Chemical structure||17 alpha-methyl-5alpha- androstano [3,2-c]pyrazol-17 beta-ol|
|Molecular weight of base||344.5392|
|Active Life||8 hours for most orals, 48 hours for injectable|
One of the most popular and widely recognized anabolic steroids,
stanozolol enjoys a high popularity among steroid users. However,
it may actually be one of the more over-used compounds as it's
abilities and effects will only be fully realized by a minority of
users who are administering it for a specific purpose.
Stanozolol is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone. Despite this
most users of the drug will find that its activity is quite mild
compared to other compounds with similar chemical origins.
Individuals that are looking for mass gains will likely be
disappointed if using stanozolol for this purpose. It is widely
considered a cutting compound. Due to the lack of water retention
most users find that they can acheive a dry look to their physique
as long as their body fat is relatively low. For the most part, the
anabolic effects that are acheived via the use of this drug are a
result of it's ability to increase protein synthesizing and
nitrogen retention2,4 . However as stated previously these effects
are mild at best.
Anecdotally a majority of users will report that their joints and
ligaments have a dry feeling when using stanozolol, complaining
often of ligament pain when lifting heavy. This would seemingly
make the drug a poor choice for athletes other than bodybuilders
who are trying to acheive a specific "look", but there is some
scientific evidence that suggests that stanozolol could in fact
strengthen tendons and ligaments. However, with the vast majority
of users reporting ligament and joint pain while on the compound it
is difficult to recommend any attempt to administer the drug if
peak performance is desired for athletic competition.
Like most anabolic steroids oral administration of stanozolol has a
rather dramatic effect on levels of sex hormone-binding globulin in
the body. In the case of stanozolol however, it can be quite potent
relatively speaking. It is because plasma binding proteins, like
sex hormone-binding globulin, act to temporarily prevent steroid
hormones from exerting their intended activities. By limiting this,
it results in a greater percentage of free steroid hormone
circulating in the body. This may actually result in a mechanism
whereby stanozolol could help to increase the potency of a
concurrently used steroid5 . Whether this benefit would be worth
actually running stanozolol in a cycle that would otherwise not
include it would be something that the user would have to
experiment with him or herself as there is simply not enough
evidence to make a definitive conclusion one way or the other.
Stanozolol is available as both an oral steroid as well as an
injectable. While there are no differences in the compound itself,
there are several advantages and disadvantages to using each
compound. First, in an animal study, it was demonstrated that the
injectable version of the compound was far superior to the oral
administration of the drug for nitrogen retention2 . This of course
means that it is better able to help preserve or build lean-body
mass, something obviously one who is using the compound would be
Another advantage of injecting stanozolol is that it will negate
the first pass of the compound through the liver and therefore is
less toxic to the organ. Despite these advantages however, there
are a few disadvantages of choosing to inject, namely the comfort
of the user. Stanozolol is notorious for causing pain at the
injection site upon administration and for possibly several days
afterwards, as anecdotally reported by users. This will often cause
users to begin administering the compound orally, especially when
due to the compound's unique structure, the injectable version can
be taken orally as well.
With the active life of stanozolol being only eight hours, multiple
doses of the oral compound throughout the day is recommended. As
for injections, once a day is optimal to maintain stable blood
levels of the compound, but every other day should be adequate due
to it's active life.
Male users will often find that doses in the range of 25-100mgs per
day to be adequate for seeing results with this compound. It is
often anecdotally reported that most first time users will usually
administer 50mgs per day and are generally happy with the effects.
Stanozolol is a drug that is fairly popular with women as well.
This is primarily due to the compound's anabolic nature, with the
likelihood of androgenic side effects being rather small. First
time female users anecdotally report that doses ranging from
5-15mgs per day will result in quite dramatic gains. However like
most compounds, users have experimented with doses far higher with
the risks of the associated side effects becoming more pronounced
as the dosages increase.
Due to the toxicity issues related to stanozolol it is most often
recommended that users limit their cycles of the compound to six
weeks or less. However many users have exceed this limit while
running high doses and have reported little to no complications. If
an individual does decide to run stanozolol for an extended period
of time he or she should monitor their liver values via blood tests
to ensure that no permanent damage occurs.
The oral form of stanozolol is a 17-alpha-alkylated substrate and
due to this liver toxicity should be a concern to those who take
this compound. Elevated liver values will undoubtedly occur while
running this drug. Even with the injectable version, liver damage
can occur so precautions need to be taken.
Stanozolol is also very harsh on the user’s cholesterol levels
often lowering HDL and raising LDL at the same time, even at
extremely small doses. Users with histories of health problems
related to cholesterol should be wary of using this compound.
Androgen related side effects such as acne, prostate enlargement
and an aggravation of male pattern baldness are often reported by
users. Anecdotally many users have reported that stanozolol is one
of the harshest drugs in terms of hair loss. Many will simply not
risk running the compound because of this.
As mentioned previously estrogenic side effects are not a factor
with this compound as it does not aromatize. Virilizing side
effects in women are much less likely to occur than with most other
anabolic compounds, but there is still a risk that these may
develop, especially with larger doses. As always these include
deepening of the voice, body/facial hair growth, and enlargement of
the clitoris, among others.