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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.

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

Dianabol binds to the androgen receptor inside the human body in order to initiate its action. This results in a massive increase in protein synthesis which leads to faster muscle growth and bigger strength gains.

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.
  • Huge 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, it is as easy as swallowing a few tablets a day and watching your body grow.
  • This steroid is extremely 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

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 good 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 advise.

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

If you are unsure on 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

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 use, higher dosages increase the chance of acne. If you suffered from bad 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

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


  • This 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. This is what causes females to grow breasts.
  • This side effect is fairly 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, these include aggression, hair loss, loss of appetite and some others. You can do a search on Google to find out more about the other side effects.

Dianabol Brands in South Africa

Dianabol is one of the most used Steroids in South Africa and for this reason there are many different brands who produce this Anabolic Steroid.

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 months worth of Dianabol, this price may differ depending on the dosage being used.