Anadrol, commonly referred to by athletes either as “A50” or “A-bombs”, was originally produced as a compound with the intention of helping those people with anaemia. Oxymetholone refers to the active ingredient in Anadrol. From the time it was first produced, Anadrol has been used effectively to help people suffering from various ailments where weight loss is an issue. As such, it is obviously an effective agent not just for encouraging weight gain, but also for improving appetite, gaining strength and boosting Red Blood Cell count. Ironically, although Syntex, its original manufacturer touted one of Anadrol’s benefits as stimulating weight gain via increasing appetite, if taken in excess it might actually inhibit the user’s appetite.
Anadrol is regarded as possibly second only to Dianabol as a body building anabolic steroid. And just like most of AAS (Anabolic/Androgenic Steroids), Anadrol has its disadvantages also. It inhibits the body’s natural production of hormones.
Effects of Anadrol on the Body
Anadrol is actually a DHT-derived compound. The steroid is 17-Alpha-Alkylated, which means it has been changed at the 17th carbon position in order to survive oral intake. A good number of steroids are 17aa, something that enables them to pass through the liver in a beneficial form.
When it comes to side effects, many have been of the subjective opinion that Anadrol is a harsh drug. However, medical findings as well as findings of several athletes are somewhat different. Anadrol’s side effects are both easily preventable and manageable. Obviously, this steroid’s hepatoxity has been somewhat exaggerated in some circles.
There are some severe effects that are at times apparent in bodybuilding, which mostly or only occur when estrogen levels are raised. Oxymetholone neither aromatizes itself nor has estrogenic activity, but it might interfere with the metabolism of estrogen. Whether or not it is the cause of the problem, controlling estradiol levels makes Anadrol the same as the other oral anabolic steroids in terms of side effects. Estradiol levels can be regulated by using aromatase inhibitors like Letrozole or Arimidex, or alternatively by controlling the use of steroids that aromatize, for example testosterone.
Anadrol and Liver Toxicity
As it is the case for all the alkylated oral anabolic steroids, liver toxicity is the main side effect of concern. But this can be addressed by limiting Anadrol’s period of use to 6 to 8 weeks, as well as allowing appropriate time off the drug after each time of use. The liver normally rejuvenates rapidly, so duration of even half the period of use is mostly adequate, even though permitting an equivalent duration is more conventional.
Women are advised not to use Anadrol 50, owing to its strong and partially irreversible phenomenal masculinization effects.
Using Anadrol together with injectable anabolic steroids offers one of the most successful ways to enhance a steroid cycle. Alternatively, Dianabol can also be used. Usually a user can choose between Anadrol and Dianabol as it is not necessary to use both of them. When used according to the guidelines, side effects are usually extremely tolerable and the health risk posed will be slight enough to be normally acceptable, going by bodybuilding standards.