Dianabol (commonly known as “D-bol”) is considered by many to be the “King” of oral steroids. And it’s no wonder. Mg per mg it packs the biggest punch of any other form of anabolic enhancement. (With the possible exception of Trenbolone).
Even in cases where people don’t like the results, D-bol’s impact cannot be denied. And what’s usually the case with D-bol haters is that they simply do not understand the results. For example, D-bol is known to cause vicious, sometimes even painful pumps. That’s what’s causing the muscles to expand, fill with blood and nutrients and ultimately grow. It should be embraced, not avoided.
Dianabol was the first oral steroid ever developed, and in many ways, it’s never gotten any better. It’s ironic that Dianabol was originally designed to be a safer, gentler alternative to testosterone. It was developed by John Zeigler for the Ciba drug company – partly in response to American athletes suddenly doing so poorly in international competition. Zeigler and his team knew is was due to Eastern European athletes using testosterone so he set out to match the muscle and strength building impact of pure testosterone without the harsh side effects. (A pretty brilliant and ambitious goal). Well, he succeeded in more ways than he imagined. D-bol did have a higher anabolic component than testosterone but what was pure genius on Ziegler’s part was how he altered the molecular structure to make the drug more biologically active. That increased its effectiveness but paradoxically made it a greater health risk. The reason for this is the process known as 17 alpha alkalalyzation, which is a process that prevents the liver from breaking it down. Since the drug is re-circulated, it remains active longer thus resulting in a greater effect on muscle tissue. But there’s a down side. The 17 alpha alkalization process is a severe strain to the liver. It also prevents liver from doing what it’s meant to do – filter out impurities. So as is the case with any oral steroids, you get a triple whammy – the liver must filter the drug, the 17 AA causes additional organ stress, plus all the other impurities and toxins that cannot be removed wind up overtaxing the liver. Zeigler didn’t see that one coming and later in life he’d gone on record as saying he actually regretted having invented it.
Compared to other steroids in regard to effectiveness, it’s one of the least expensive. For example, on a 6-week cycle, 100 10 mg d-bol is going to give far more dramatic results than the same amount of Anavar. And it’ll do so at half the price. And though Anadrol is thought of as a powerful mass producing steroid that is not particularly expensive, a cycle of 50 mgs of D-bol a day will produce greater pure muscle gains than 50 mgs of Drol a day at about the same price.
Dianabol is both androgenic and anabolic. It increases male characteristics (though a little less than testosterone) and enhances nitrogen retention (a little more than testosterone). Being an oral it works very quickly and results can be noticed in a matter of days. However, much of the increased size that is noticed is water (or more accurately blood volume). Dianabol increases red blood cell production which “packs on size” — fast. That’s what causes the incredible pumps during training, which in turn sends more nutrients to the muscle mitochondria. Dianabol gives that bulky “bodybuilder” look to a physique. Plus, it makes you stronger. Many of the old timers used Dianabol exclusively with great results, though many people claim the results are soon lost after cessation of the drug. That’s not really true. What you lose is that huge spike in blood volume, so soon after a cycle you seem to somewhat “deflate.” That doesn’t mean you lose the gains. It just means the extra size that D-bol gives while it’s active in your bloodstream will diminish. If you used the drug properly and trained in a manner to build muscle, the muscle will remain.
10-20 mgs a day is an effective dosage but most people take more – up to 50 mgs. Some “advanced” lifters go as high as 100 mgs but that is when you can expect some serious problems. It also makes one wonder about the legitimacy of some of the milligram claims. This may also be why younger guys do not believe the old timers did only 5- 10 mgs and looked so amazing. It’s probably because the 10 mgs the old timers were using was comparable to today’s 50 mgs! Nevertheless, since the results are so intense, it’s no wonder the temptation is to go with ever increasing dosage. And the bottom line with D-bol is…more will do more. It’s just so damn powerful. Unfortunately, too many people don’t train hard enough or eat properly to get the maximum effect of the drug. It’s obviously easier to just take more drug than to work harder. And D-bol will make you grow even with minimal training, however in that case; it will produce a soft watery look. So whenever anyone says D-bol just bloats you, it’s a good guess that they’re not using it correctly – or more accurately, they’re using too much, and simply not training seriously enough.