Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) Profile

Methandrostenolone (Dianabol)
Chemical Name:17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-1,4-androstadien-3-one
Molecular Weight:300.441 g/mol
Original Manufacturer:Ciba
Half Life:4.5 – 6 hours
Detection Time:5 – 6 weeks
Anabolic Rating:90 – 210
Androgenic Rating:40 – 60

Methandrostenolone or better known as Dianabol is the most popular oral steroid currently on the market. Produced in the 60’s by the Ciba Company, Dianabol quickly became the number one choice for bodybuilders and athletes. You usually find this steroid in dosages of 5mg, 10mg and 50mg. The 50mg tablets/capsules are often produced by underground labs. British Dispensary makes Dianabol in 5mg tablets, these tablets are pink in colour and are by far the most popular brand.

Dianabol binds to the androgen receptor inside the human body in order to initiate its action. This results in a massive increase in protein synthesis which leads to faster muscle growth and bigger strength gains.

There are a few reasons which contribute to the popularity of Dianabol:

  • It works well and has great effects on the body. 1. Most people who take Dianabol gain around 2 kilograms a week.
  1. Strength shoots up extremely fast when using this steroid.
  2. Huge muscular pumps achieved during a training session last for hours.
  3. A sense of well being or feeling of euphoria is quite common while on Dianabol.
  • It’s cheap, easy to get and in tablet form. 1. One of the biggest reasons Dianabol is so popular is because of how cheap it is. For R400 to R500 you can buy enough Dianabol for a 4 week cycle.
  1. Most people are too scared to inject steroids. Methandrostenolone comes in tablet or capsule form, it is as easy as swallowing a few tablets a day and watching your body grow.
  2. This steroid is extremely easy to get hold of. Any website or dealer selling steroids will always have Dianabol on hand.

Dianabol is mostly used in bulking cycles and is stacked with injectable steroids such as Testosterone Cypionate and Deca. This type of cycle is often referred to as the bread and butter cycle as its cheap and is guaranteed to work well.

Sample cycle:

Weeks 1 to 4 – 40mg of Dianabol Daily

Weeks 1 to 10 – 500mg of Testosterone Cypionate Weekly

Weeks 1 to 10 – 200mg Deca Weekly

Weeks 13 to 17 – 50mg Clomid Daily

Clomid is used for the PCT which is very important with any steroid cycle. A good PCT helps bring the bodies natural Testosterone back to normal which in turn helps you keep your gains and reduces the chances of rebound side effects.

Side Effects:


  • Acne is quite a common side effect of Dianabol but not all users get this side effect. There are quite a few factors involved such as the dosage being use, higher dosages increase the chance of acne. If you suffered from bad acne during your teens then you have a higher chance of getting acne while on Dianabol.
  • You can help prevent acne by showering multiple times daily and using a fragrance free soap. Products that contain benzoyl peroxide also are a huge help in keeping acne under control.

Water Retention

  • This is due to the high estrogen conversion rate associated with Methandrostenolone.
  • Many people hate water retention as it gives the body a “puffy” look and hides definition, however there are also some benefits to it. Water retention helps lubricate the joints which helps prevent pain during heavy lifting.
  • You can control water retention by lessening the conversion of estrogen. Products such as letrozole can be used for this purpose.

High Blood Pressure

  • It is always a good idea to get your blood pressure checked weekly while on cycle, having high blood pressure is usually only a serious problem over long term, however it is still something you want to keep an eye on.
  • Blood pressure can also be controlled by keeping water retention low, so again letrozole will help with this.

Liver damage

  • Dianabol has been known to put strain on the liver, this is because it has been chemically altered to allow it to go through the liver without being broken down and thus making it ineffective. There are a number of ways to help keep liver strain to a minimum.
  • Keep the dosage low, some people use Dianabol at dosages as high as 100mg a day, this will obviously cause liver issues. A dosage of 40mg a day is more than enough to see great results.
  • Never cycle for longer than 6 weeks. 4 to 6 weeks is the recommended amount of time to use this steroid. Longer than 6 weeks can start putting the liver under too much strain and this can lead to liver problems which is something you definitely do not want.
  • Drink plenty of water daily, 4 liters of water a day will help keep your liver clean and healthy.
  • Take a liver aid supplement such as liv52.


  • This is probably the most feared side effect of all. Nothing is worse than having a muscular and ripped physique which you are too embarrassed to show off because you have a nice set of boobs to go along with it.
  • Gynecomastia is caused by estrogen in the body binding to the receptors in the chest. This is what causes females to grow breasts.
  • This side effect is fairly simple to control. By keeping estrogen low you reduce the risk of gynecomastia to almost zero.

There are other side effects associated with Dianabol which I have not gone into, these include aggression, hair loss, loss of appetite and some others. You can do a search on Google to find out more about the other side effects.

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