You can call dbol as the “great grandfather of all anabolic steroids”. Dr. John Ziegler’s Dianabol is popularly known as dbol. Its pharmaceutical name is Methandrostenolone / Methandienone. It was released by Ciba in the United States in 1956.
Dbol is one of the most powerful anabolic steroids. It comes in pills and injectable form under the trade name, Reforvit-B, which is 25mgs of methandrostenolone mixed with B-vitamins. Chemical structure of dbol is 17 beta-hydroxy-17alpha-methyl-1, 4-androstadien-3-one. Molecular weight of dbol is 300.44; formula is C20H28O2; and Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio (Range) is 90-210:40-60.
Dbol is one of the most widely used anabolic steroids bodybuilder and power jocks. It is said to be used by almost every Mr.Olympia from Scott to Zane. It is said that dbol pills helped Arnold Schwarzenegger to win his first of seven Mr. Olympia titles. Dbol was freely and abundantly used by bodybuilders until it was banned by the U.S. FDA under the Controlled Substances Act.
Dbol has a great effect on protein metabolism. It effects protein synthesis, supports protein buildup, and maintains a positive nitrogen balance which can also have a positive effect on well being. It helps bodybuilders to increase their muscle mass, strength and improve muscle stamina. It helps them gain 2-4 pounds each week for six weeks, if it is taken combined with proper nutrition and training of course.
DOSES – Dr.Zeigler recommended dose for athletes is 5-10mgs/day. Effective dose is 25-50mgs – effective dose for men is 15-50 mg/day and effective dose for women is 5-10 mg/day. Its active life of is 6-8hours, and its detection time is up to 6 weeks.
Dbol is often taken in cycles and usually stacked with various other anabolic steroids. It gives the best results when it is used in combination with other anabolic steroids. It is commonly stacked with Deca-Durabolin or Primobolan, and perhaps even Equipoise. It is also stacked with injectable anabolic steroids, such as enanthate, cypionate, and sustanon.
STUDIES – Studies conducted on dbol in the early 80´s showed that high doses of dbol (100mgs/day for 6 weeks) decreased plasma testosterone to about 40%, plasma GH went up about a third, LH dropped to about 80%, FSH went down about a third, and Fat Free Mass went up anywhere between 2-7kgs (3.3kgs average gain). Studies concluded that dbol increases fat free mass as well as increasing strength and performance.
SIDE EFFECTS – The some side effects associated with dbol include acne, gynecomastia, liver infections, increased body weight, excess fluid retention, high blood pressure, faster heart beat and early hair loss. It may develop strong masculinization features in women.
PRESENT STATUS – Dbol is presently banned by the U.S. FDA. Its production in most of Western Europe and the United States has been stopped, but it is still produced in countries, such as Mexico under the trade name Reforvit-b, Russia, and Thailand. It is amply available on the U.S. black market.