Dianabol or methandrostenolone is basically a muscle growth hormone. It is an anabolic steroid that was originally developed by John Ziegler and launched in the United States by Ciba in 1958. In fact Dianabol was the second anabolic steroid after testosterone which was ever produced. It is one of the most popular anabolic steroids.
The chemical formula of Dianabol is C20H28O2. It has a 17a-methyl group added with it, which helps it to pass through the liver and slow down the rate of conversion to estrogen. Thus Dianabol is one of the favorites of bodybuilders. The drug is often used by bodybuilders to make their bodies grow like anything.
Methandrostenolone is actually more active as compared to testosterone in rapid growth of muscle tissue. It also has the effect of decreasing the steroid’s affinity for sex hormone binding globulin. The aromatization of methandrostenolone helps in significant water retention which further helps in gaining great muscle mass and strength. This is the reason why Dianabol is used by bodybuilders only at the start of their steroid cycle. It is the best drug for people who compete in non-aerobic oriented sports. Dianabol helps to promote protein synthesis, enhance glycogenolysis and stimulate strength in a very fast-acting way.
Dianabol is usually prescribed for men, but women can also take it. However, the drug is not recommended to be used with doctors’ prescription, as it has a number of severe side effects. In women, Dianabol shows several severe masculinising effects. It can also cause considerable strain on the liver, increase in blood pressure and heart rate, and gyneocomastia, which mostly happens with athletes. It can also cause serious acne on the face, neck, chest, shoulders, and back. Hair loss is also a common side effect. One more side effect of this drug is that, loss of strength occurs when it is discontinued. Headache can be noticed in some cases. The dose of Dianabol is 15-50mg/daily orally or 50-150mg/ weekly by injection.
It is rather important to note that the use of Dianabol has been currently prohibited and banned in the United Sates. However, it is still available in countries like Mexico and Thailand. Dianabol is manufactured under the name Reforvit-b.