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What is Dianabol?

By: Bob Howard

Dianabol – (generic name - Methandrostenolone) is a very popular steroid

In a manner of speaking Dianabol (D-bol) can be considered the grandfather of all anabolic steroids, and most bodybuilders who have used steroids got their first start with D-bol. The drug was originally formulated by Dr John Ziegler and released by the Ciba Corporation in the late 1950’s. Dr Ziegler developed the steroid after talking to some Russian weightlifting coaches after the Russian weightlifters suddenly started dominating the sport in the early 1950’s.

Methandrostenolone was all the rage in gyms during the 1970’s. In fact numerous stories are still told of the little blue tablets being sold at the main counters of the bigger bodybuilding gyms. D-bol is probably the most popular steroid ever created and most pro bodybuilders, who are willing to talk, have admitted to using it in their cycles.

The popularity of Dianabol was ironically the key to its downfall. During the 1980’s, Ciba discontinued the original D-bol when the FDA decided that its therapeutic uses were minimal compared to the rampant use by bodybuilders and the dosages that some bodybuilders were taking. But generic methandrostenolone has never been out of production. It’s reported that the Russians became quite fond of D-bol and Russian D-bol is now one of the popular versions of the drug on the black-market.

Side Effects?

As steroids go, Dianabol has a rather weak androgenic component and a very strong and visible anabolic component. This means that the drug has less depressive effects on natural testosterone levels than some of the more androgenic steroids. This means that one worry users of D-bol, especially in the short term, needn't fear is the dramatic shutdown of natural hormone production. Of course like most side effects the degree of testosterone shutdown is dose-dependent. But rest assured methandrostenolone still has mild androgenic effects and in high doses (30-40+ mg daily) such androgen-related side effects as acne, male pattern hair loss, and aggression, may be noticed.


Like many oral steroids D-bol is 17-carbon methylated to reduce its breakdown by the digestive system and liver. Of course this chemical modification brings with it a certain degree of toxicity. For this reason users shouldn’t stay on the drug for more than 6 to 8 weeks at a stretch. And even then only under supervision of a medical professional who can monitor your liver values.

As of 1991 anabolic steroids and their derivatives are classified as controlled substances in the United States. Many other countries have passed similar legislation. Please read up on and become knowledgeable about your state’s or country’s steroid laws.

About the Author:
02/01/2006 Article © Bob Howard expert on bodybuilding. Are looking for more of his bodybuilding workouts articles? Visit http://www.bodybuilding-news.net/bodybuilding-workouts.html

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