Everything you need to know about Turinabol (Tbol)
Eastern German and Russian athletes loved this PED for its ability to massively improve power output. Bodybuilders love it because it is claimed to have effects somewhere between that of Dianabol and Anavar. But let us look at what the science says.
First described in 1962, it was released onto the Eastern German drug market soon after as a prescription drug. It was not only used in adult men but also women and children due to its high anabolic activity and low androgenicity. It was used to treat muscle wasting disorders and improve bone density especially in post-menopausal women. It was found, in the 1990s, that the Eastern Germans had been using Tbol to improve their athletes’ performance for a decade in both men and women. The athletes were unaware that they were using Tbol. They were told it was a multivitamin. Since 1996, Tbol has no longer been manufactured pharmaceutically, however, it is still available on the black market.
Tbol is a derivative of Dianabol, however, it has been modified so that it does not aromatise (produce estrogenic side effects) and so that it is not as androgenic. Tbol has been shown to not be as anabolic as Dianabol but due to the fewer side effects, it can be used at higher doses.
What are the side effects?
Oestrogen. As mentioned previously it is not aromatised by the body and therefore oestrogenic side effects should not be a concern.
Androgenicity. Although this drug was designed to not be androgenic, at higher doses these side effects (such as acne, oily skin, hair loss, clitoral enlargement etc) are still possible.
Live Toxic. Just like most oral anabolic agents, Tbol is C-17 alpha alkylated to prevent liver breakdown of the drug. This means that it is toxic to the liver and liver protection should be used whilst on a cycle.
Natural Testosterone Suppression. Like all anabolic steroids, natural testosterone suppression will occur and thus a PCT will be needed.
Cholesterol. Again, like with all anabolic agents, HDL (good cholesterol) will decrease, and LDL (bad cholesterol) will increase. Therefore, it is important to maintain good aerobic health and limit processed carbohydrates and saturated fats on cycle.
How is it used?
Tbol has a long half-life of approximately 16 hours, therefore, once a day dosing will be necessary. Doses of 15mg to 60mg once daily tend to be the most common recommendation for men and 5mg for women. It should not be used for more than 8 weeks.
Tbol is favoured in the bodybuilding community for its “Dry Gains.” This mean that it promotes lean tissue gain with little water retention or fat gain. Furthermore, it is used in prepping for bodybuilding competitions for the reason mentioned above and for its ability to maintain strength in a calorie deficit.
This is everything you need to know about Tbol.