Anadrol 50, or just A50 is
probably the most popular oral steroid used
by athletes today for bulking. It gained its reputation for being a
powerful and cheap steroid in the original underground steroid handbook
where Dan Duchaine presented it as a cheaper alternative to Dianabol.
Thatís still what many people use it for, since itís typically given in
50mg tablets or (underground) in capsules.
Anadrol is a Dihydrotestosterone (DHT)-derived compound with the
notable addition of a 2-hydroxymethylene group. In many respects, this
modification could be called the defining characteristic of Anadrol.
Itís really a very odd modification which imparts many unique
characteristics on Anadrol when you compare it with other DHT based
anabolics. Itís very odd, when you think about it- Winstrol
Primobolan, and Proviron- basically all other DHT derived steroids are
used for cutting cycles. Anadrol is the black sheep here, and is really
the only DHT derived steroid that we use to bulk up. We (or at least I)
have to assume itís the 2-hydroxymethylene group thatís responsible for
Anadrolís unique nature.
Before we get into that, lets see how it shares similarities with other
DHT based drugs. Firstly, it doesnít bind well at all to the androgen
receptor (its Relative Binding Affinity is actually too low to be
This is really pretty close to Winstrolís binding affinity, so itís not
that much of a surprise, as both are DHT derivations. Another pretty
common modification we see with this compound is that itís oral, and
has consequently been made a 17-Alpha-Alkylated steroid; it has been
altered at the 17th carbon position to survive oral ingestion. This is
the most common modification we see with oral anabolics, in order to
help them survive passing through the liver.
But now, lets take a look at one of the properties that really
distances Anadrol from other drugs that are in itís family: Itís
ability to put weight on users. Anadrol is really one of the very big
guns in our anabolic arsenal and thatís how doctors look at it as well.
Itís been used to successfully combat AIDS and other wasting
This is because it has a very profound ability to pack pounds on to
virtually everyone. I have used Anadrol a couple of times
personally, and I can tell you that for the first 3 weeks you can
expect up to a pound every day of new weight. Yeah, itís watery and not
really pretty, but itís going to help you bulk up and itís going to
make all of your training weights move up on a daily basis. It is a
huge favorite of the elite powerlifters I know, for just this
reason. Ever see the red-face thatís common on elite level
heavy weight powerlifters? Yeah, thatís probably the Anadrol doing
that, as it increases blood pressure quite a bit. Side effects are,
however, manageableÖand in one very few sides were reported for
subjects using up to 2 tabs (100mgs) of Anadrol daily.
And I suppose that brings us to the side effect portion of Anadrol.
Again, from personal experience and from the experience of those I
know, users typically find that the side effects experienced from
Anadrol are present and noticeable for the entire length of the cycle.
For me, that meant increased blood pressure, headaches, lower back
cramps/pumps as well as shin cramps/pumps, and of course elevated liver
enzymes. Gyno has also been reported with its use, and this is actually
quite odd. Anadrol is derived from DHT, with only the one modification
and alkylation I mentioned previously. And being structurally situated
as it is, it simply canít convert to estrogen; itís not a progestin or
a compound with any viable progestenic activityÖso whatís up? Well, the
only speculation I can really come up with is that it has some kind of
inherent ability to stimulate the estrogen receptor, or cause the
estrogen receptor to be stimulated. Itís actually a bit embarrassing to
admit, but I have no idea how this happens. Itís a bit less
embarrassing when I consider the fact that nobody else knows eitherÖ
Anadrol is a favorite addition to a bulking cycle for many, and I
certainly wouldnít recommend attempting to use it alone, in most cases.
The weight gain will simply be much nicer and have a harder more high
quality look to it if you stack it with some injectable compounds (I
recommend making it the only 17aa compound in a given cycle, however).
Most people stack it with 400-600mgs per week of testosterone and often
an equal amount of Deca
or Equipoise. And itís basically used at the outset of a
cycle, as a ďjumpstartĒ. Using it in this manner allows gains to be
seen from the outset of the cycle, and if high quality injectables are
stacked with it, those quick gains in body weight can be solidified by
the end of the cycle. Testosterone and Trenbolone or Equipoise are
typical choices here, when attempting to solidify those gains.
This steroid is one of the most widely available on the black market.
Iíve used both the tablets as well as the paper version (the latter, I
suspect was overdosed). Typical prices range from $1.50-3 per tablet or