Anadrol 50 is brand name for Oxymetholone, which is the generic version of the same synthetic anabolic steroid.
When the drug was first developed it went by the name Anadrol, but there were some changes made to the standard tablet dose of the drug during the manufacturing process that a name change was in order.
Anadrol 50 is very well known as the oral anabolic steroid having the most power, which is readily available in the commercial market place.
It is also known as the top one commercially available with the most potential for causing liver toxicity. Click here to buy legal Anadrol online, without a prescription.
Anadrol 50 (Oxymetholone)
Labels such as “the strongest/most potent” or “the most toxic to the liver” are referring to anabolic steroids widely available to consumers commercially.
This could be on the black market for steroids, the prescription medication market or through other sources.
The fact is there does exist other, much more powerful and much more toxic anabolic steroids than Anadrol 50.
An example would be Methyltrienolone.
But these types of anabolic steroids are not distributed widely or even available through conventional or commercial means to the general public.
These drugs are called “designer steroids”.
The information and details about Anadrol 50 were first published back in 1959.
This makes it one of the oldest ones created, actually the second one after Dianabol, which was first manufactured in the mid-1950s, and before Deca Durabolin was created in 1960.
A drug company named Syntex soon began manufacturing it using another trade name, which was Androyd.
Syntex manufactured Androyd and sold on the prescription drug market to Americans in 1960.
Androyd was used widely for certain medical applications from treating muscular atrophy and wasting conditions to diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and of course anemia, which it was primarily used for.
Benefits of Anadrol
Anadrol 50 (Oxymetholone) possesses the ability to very effectively treat anemia by stimulating the production in the human body of red blood cells.
This does happen to characterize all anabolic steroids, but it does it so much better than any other steroid ever made.
This is why the medical community associates anemia so closely with it. Scientific studies have proven that Anadrol 50 has the ability to stimulate the body’s natural production of red blood cells 5 times more than any other medication.
It’s obvious that a patient with the diagnosis of anemia, which is means there is a low red blood cell count, could be effectively treated with this steroid.
When it was originally made it came in dosages of 2.5mg, 5mg, and tablets of 10mg.
It was commonly sold under its generic name of Oxymetholone and of course the very first brand names of Androyd and Anadrol.
At a concentration of 2.5mg the medical community recommended taking 1 tablet 3 times a day.
In the 1970s and the 1980s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gradually placed limitations on the approved treatments for Anadrol until eventually it was only approved to treat anemia.
Due to this they decided to boost the production of red blood cells by increasing the tablet strength.
Anadrol 50 Tablets
That was when the strength was increased to 50mg tablets which then caused the brand name to be changed to Anadrol 50 indicating the a strength of 50mg for the tablets.
Due to the escalating anti-steroid hysteria in the world of sports during the late 1980s and the early ‘90s, Anadrol 50 was effectively pulled from the American Market.
Syntex sold the manufacturing rights to Unimed Pharmaceuticals in 1998 and they resumed making the steroid because it had in fact been newly approved for treating HIV and AIDS.
Throughout the world of sports and athletics as well as among bodybuilders, Anadrol’s popularity is moderate at best.
It is neither very popular nor very unpopular. In fact you will find an attitude among bodybuilders of either loving it or hating it.
Why this is so requires an understanding of what it actually is.
Oxymetholone is a Dihydrotestosterone Derivatives
Anadrol 50 is part of a family of drugs derived from Dihydrotestosterone (DHT derivatives).
These are a type of anabolic steroids that have been modified and are considered analogies of DHT.
This is what Anadrol 50 is. There are other anabolic steroids belonging to this family and they are:
- Winstrol (Stanozolol)
- Primobolan (Methenolone)
- Anavar (Oxandrolone)
What makes them family is that they are all anabolic steroids that have been derived from Dihydrotestosterone.
DHT is the parent hormone, the progenitor. Therefore all these derivative anabolic steroids, for the most part, have the same characteristics that Dihydrotestosterone uniquely has.
An example of this is that DHT cannot aromatize or convert into Estrogen. This is because the aromatase enzyme can’t recognize DHT as an authentic substrate.
Unique Properties of Oxymetholone/Anadrol
Hence, the typical side effects related to Estrogen don’t exist with DHT derivatives.
But for some reason Anadrol 50 is different from DHT due to the added methyl group on the carbon 17-alpha molecule, which allows Anadrol 50 to survive being metabolized by the liver when taken orally.
Anadrol 50 also has a 2-hydroxymethylene group, which is located within the first cycloalkane ring of the steroid structure.
This is what makes Anadrol 50 extremely anabolic within the tissue of the muscles.
What is so strange is that Anadrol 50 is known for exhibiting estrogenic activity, which causes some users to have certain side effects attributable to Estrogen and these would include increased water retention bloating, and gynecomastia.
Normally DHT derivatives don’t behave this way because they can’t aromatize or convert into Estrogen.
The mystery lies in the fact that Anadrol 50 also cannot aromatize into Estrogen, which causes researchers to think that Anadrol 50, and/or its metabolites, activate the receptors throughout the body for Estrogen.
This would mean that aromatase inhibitors are of no use in defending against the side effects related to Estrogen that do result from using Anadrol 50.
This means that the only true defense would be by using a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM).
Rapid Muscle Building Results
The bodybuilders who love Anadrol 50 do so because of its ability to promote huge and very rapid gains in strength and mass in a very short period of time.
An average user can gain 20 lbs. in 2 weeks and this is not uncommon. Those who feel the opposite and don’t love Anadrol 50 complain that the weight gains are mostly water weight and bloat.
The fact is that Anadrol 50 does tend to cause this in some users as well as an uncomfortable feeling due to an increase in blood pressure.
And they also don’t like it because of the risk of liver toxicity.
How Anadrol 50 Works
It is best to use Anadrol (Oxymetholone) to increase bulk, as an agent to use within bulking cycles.
It really is hardly used during a cutting or lean mass cycle when the main goals are to lose fat and to gain definition.
The water weight gain caused by Anadrol 50 will blur any definition and just create a soft, puffy look and there is the potential to retain fat or even gain fat.
Anadrol 50 really seems to be unmatched for bulking, especially if you combine it with other similar anabolic steroids that are commonly used to bulk up. These would be:
- Testosterone Enanthate
- Testosterone Cypionate
- Deca Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate)
Dramatic gains in strength are another result of taking Anadrol 50, and these gains are often significantly apparent within just a few weeks of use.
It is recommended that users do not use Anadrol 50 for any longer than 4 – 6 weeks in a cycle because it does have a strong impact on liver function, more than almost all other oral anabolic steroids.
Very often just one 50mg dose a day is plenty to get dramatic results.
There are some bodybuilders and professional athletes that may use 100mg (2 tablets) a day.
But if the dosage is increased up to 150mg a day or even more there really won’t be any greater results than if the user had remained taking 100mg a day.
This will only serve to strain the liver more and possibly cause negative side effects.
The fact is that increasing dosage from 100mg – 150mg a day will bring diminishing returns as the gains in benefits using Anadrol 50 are achieved very quickly anyway.
Possible Side Effects of Anadrol 50
The first side effect that everyone should be aware of is that of possible liver toxicity.
Because Anadrol 50 is a C17-alpha alkylated C17AA, the molecule is able to survive going through the liver and metabolizing.
It therefore can enter the bloodstream and do its work, but the effect on the liver is risky.
Anadrol 50 also changes cholesterol levels in a detrimental manner by putting temporarily putting them in negative balance. This can be a contributing factor for long-term cardiovascular problems.
It is recommended to take Anadrol 50 Oxymetholone with proper liver protectants and supplements such as TUDCA (Tauroursodeoxycholic acid) and NAC (N-acetylcysteine), and a SERM like Nolva should be handy just in case you experience a side effect related to Estrogen.
There is always the concern of developing gynecomastia when using Anadrol 50 so be aware of that if you’re particularly sensitive.