Everything you need to know about Winstrol.
Winstrol (also known as Stanozolol) is one of the oldest and most researched oral anabolic agents to date. It has got a reputation for being the steroid to take if you want to get shredded (lose body fat whilst maintaining or even building muscle). Let us look at everything that is known to date about Winstrol.
- It was first described in 1959.
- It was initially used as a prescription medication to stimulate appetite and for lean tissue gain in catabolic (breaking down) states, such as cancer.
- Furthermore, it has been developed to allow elderly patients to become more functional.
- Although Winstrol is still owned today by pharmaceutical companies and legal with a prescription, it is not readily available in all markets due to it not being actively produced.
- Like Anavar (See previous steroid profile), Winstrol is a derivative of the testosterone by product call dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
- This means, like Anavar, it is anabolic and mildly androgenic.
- It also does not convert to oestrogen.
- Not only is it used by bodybuilders dieting for a competition, but it is used by athletes looking to gain strength without too much added weight.
- Winstrol has a strong ability to decrease Sex hormone binding globulin which means that the number of free and active testosterone increases. This also means that stacking Winstrol on testosterone will make freer and more active testosterone.
- Not only is Winstrol a tablet, it can be injected (this form of intake offers no liver protection)
- Winstrol is a C 17-alpha alkylated compound making it highly liver toxic. It is also metabolised mainly by the liver. Therefore, liver function tests are vital throughout the Winstrol cycle and liver protection is required.
- Winstrol does not appear to be as liver toxic as Dianabol at an equivalent dose, however, it is still toxic to the liver.
- Winstrol at a dose of 10mg a day can decrease natural testosterone levels by 55% and thus a Post Cycle Therapy is required. If a PCT is not used, then one can expect to recover in 1 to 4 months.
- Winstrol has a strong impact on cholesterol. At a dose of only 6mg a day, HDL (Good cholesterol) was significantly decreased (33%) and LDL (bad cholesterol) significantly increased (29%). Therefore, diet should be clean of saturated fats, cardiovascular exercise is needed, and omega 3 supplements should be utilised.
- Although it is mildly androgenic, at bodybuilding doses these side effects may be experienced (Oily skin, hair growth on body, deepening of voice (women), clitoral enlargement (women), facial hair growth (women)).
- It does not convert to oestrogen and thus you will not experience side effects of oestrogen and anti-oestrogens will not have to be used – this is of benefit to track athletes.
- Injectable Winstrol is renowned in the bodybuilding community for causing extreme post-injection-pain.
- Injectable Winstrol is viscous and therefore a 22-gauge needle will be needed for intramuscular injection, since thinner needles might be blocked by the particles.
- The oral half life is 8 hours and injectable half-life is 1 day.
- Oral doses range from 15 to 50 mg daily taken as one dose or two separate doses. For women, doses range from 5 to 10mg a day.
- Injectable doses range from 50 to 100mg every other day. Injectable Winstrol is not recommended for women due to the increased chance of virilization.
- Results from injectable Winstrol tend to be noted a lot faster than those from oral Winstrol.
- Cycles should not exceed 6 to 8 weeks for either oral or injectable Winstrol.
- Winstrol is used in dieting due to lean muscle tissue gain and lack of water weight.
- Stacking Winstrol, like stacking Anavar, with testosterone or other compounds allows for better results from lower doses of testosterone and fewer side effects.
This is Winstrol in a nutshell.