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Dianabol (Methandrostenolone)

Methandrostenolone (Dianabol)
Chemical Name: 17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-1,4-androstadien-3-one
Molecular Weight: 300.441 g/mol
Formula: C20H28O2
Original Manufacturer: Ciba
Half-Life: 4.5 – 6 hours
Detection Time: 5 – 6 weeks
Anabolic Rating: 90 – 210
Androgenic Rating: 40 – 60

Methandrostenolone (Dianabol) is the most popular oral steroid currently on the market. In the mid-1950’s during the Olympics, many of the events were being won by the Soviet Union. A doctor by the name of Dr John Ziegler found out that the Soviet Union team was using Testosterone to enhance their performance. When Dr Ziegler got back to the United States, he immediately started administering Testosterone to a few of his athletes. A few weeks passed, and the athletes were not seeing or feeling any effects from the Testosterone. Dr Ziegler approached CIBA Pharmaceuticals with an idea to create an oral anabolic steroid which would be effective and fast acting, this led to the creation of Dianabol.

However, due to constant pressure from the FDA, CIBA Pharmaceuticals discontinued the production of Dianabol in the 1980’s, and within a few years, all known Dianabol brands were taken off the market. With the manufacturing of Dianabol being discontinued, it is tough to get ahold of pharmaceutical grade Dianabol and only a few countries such as Thailand, Russia and Ukraine still legally make this steroid. Even if you manage to find pharmaceutical grade Dianabol, you run the risk of it being fake.

Methandrostenolone quickly became the number one choice for bodybuilders and athletes. You usually find this steroid in dosages of 5mg, 10mg, and 50mg. Underground labs often produce the 50mg tablets/capsules. British Dispensary makes Dianabol in 5mg tablets, these tablets are pink in colour and are the most popular brand.

Properties of Dianabol

Dianabol is a C17-alpha alkylated anabolic steroid, meaning it contains a methyl group at the 17th carbon of its chemical structure. This alteration to the chemical structure allows Dianabol to be ingested orally and enter the bloodstream without being destroyed by the liver. If it were not for this alteration to the chemical structure, Dianabol would have very little effect.

Dianabol has an androgenic rating of between 40 and 60 which is lower than Testosterone. This is due to Dianabol having a double-bond in its chemical structure between carbons 1 and 2. This addition to the chemical structure reduces Dianabols ability to bind to androgen receptors and also gives Dianabol a half-life of 4.5 to 6 hours which is longer than un-esterified Testosterone.

The effects this steroid has on building muscle can be attributed to its ability to increase protein synthesis, glycogenolysis, and nitrogen retention. Protein synthesis is when cells in the body build protein. Increasing protein synthesis will lead to faster muscle growth and strength gains. Put simply; glycogenolysis is the breakdown of glycogen to glucose. And last but not least there is nitrogen retention. Our muscle tissue consists of around 16% nitrogen, and by retaining more nitrogen, we are able to achieve a higher state of anabolism.

Why is Dianabol so Popular

It Works Well

  • Most people who take Dianabol gain around 2 kilograms a week.
  • Strength shoots up extremely fast when using this steroid.
  • Substantial muscular pumps achieved during a training session last for hours.
  • A sense of well being or feeling of euphoria is quite common while on Dianabol.

Cheap and Easy to Buy

  • 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.
  • Most people are too scared to inject steroids. Methandrostenolone comes in tablet or capsule form, and it is as easy as swallowing a few tablets a day and watching your body grow.
  • This steroid is usually quite 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.

Dianabol Cycle

 DianabolTestosterone CypionateDeca Durabolin
Week 150mg/day500mg/week300mg/week
Week 250mg/day500mg/week300mg/week
Week 350mg/day500mg/week300mg/week
Week 450mg/day500mg/week300mg/week
Week 5500mg/week300mg/week
Week 6500mg/week300mg/week
Week 7500mg/week300mg/week
Week 8500mg/week300mg/week
Week 9500mg/week300mg/week
Week 10500mg/week300mg/week
Week 11500mg/week300mg/week
Week 12500mg/week

Always keep Nolvadex or Letrozole on hand to combat estrogen related side effects. Once the cycle is complete, make sure to follow a proper PCT protocol for Dianabol. A proper 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. The above Dianabol cycle is for entertainment purposes only and is not medical advice.

The dosage of Dianabol can range anywhere from 20 to 50mg’s a day depending on the user’s experience with this steroid. New users should consider a lower dosage of Dianabol to see how they react to it. New users often see excellent results from one Dianabol cycle and can often gain 6 to 8 kgs in the first month.

If you are unsure of how to take Dianabol, you should spend some time doing some research online. Due to Dianabols short half-life, there are many different theories about splitting the dosage throughout the day or taking a single dosage pre-workout.

Dianabol 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 used, higher dosages increase the chance of acne. If you suffered from severe acne during your teens, then you have a higher chance of getting acne while using this steroid.
  • 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

  • Water retention 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 help 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 many 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 cause liver issues. A dosage of 40mg a day is more than enough to see excellent results.
  • Never cycle for longer than six weeks. 4 to 6 weeks is the recommended amount of time to use this steroid. Longer than six weeks can start putting the liver under too much strain, and this can lead to liver problems which is something you do not want.
  • Drink plenty of water daily, 4 litres of water a day will help keep your liver clean and healthy.
  • Take a liver aid supplement such as liv52.


  • Gynecomastia 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, which binds to the receptors in the chest, which is what causes females to grow breasts.
  • This side effect is relatively 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, and these include aggression, hair loss, loss of appetite and some others. You can search Google to find out more about the other side effects.

Buying Dianabol

The advantage of Dianabol being so popular is that it is easy to find and buy. It is rare for a supplier not to sell Dianabol unless they are out of stock. Buying Dianabol can be accomplished in two ways, either in-person or online. The easiest and most convenient way to obtain this steroid would be to do so online. If you plan on purchasing Dianabol online from an international source, you first need to know the laws of your country. As this steroid is illegal in many parts of the world and you then run the risk of your package being inspected and confiscated by customs.

You will also need to decide on whether to purchase pharmaceutical grade or underground lab grade Dianabol. The pharmaceutical grade would usually be the immediate choice. However, there are pros and cons to both grades of Dianabol. If you manage to find pharmaceutical grade Dianabol chances are it will be expensive, and it may even be fake. The risk with underground lab Dianabol is that it may be of poor quality and underdosed.

In South Africa, Dianabol is one of the most used steroids, and for this reason, many different brands are available.

Some of the popular brands include:

  • Ciccone Pharma
  • HD Labs
  • Keifei
  • PGW
  • Blue hearts Dianabol

As mentioned earlier in the article, you can expect to pay between R400 and R500 for a month’s worth of Dianabol. This price may differ depending on the dosage being used.


With over 15 years of experience as a personal trainer, and a vast amount of knowledge on bodybuilding and anabolic steroids. My aim is to provide quality and helpful information.

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