Anadrol (Oxymetholone) is widely considered to be one of the best bulking steroids available and is very popular because it works fast to help you pack on the gains at the start of a cycle.
Anadrol is derived from dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and has a short half life of 8 to 9 hours so is a daily dosed steroid available in oral form.
While the benefits of Anadrol can be huge, the downsides also can’t be ignored so before you start using Anadrol make sure you’re aware of what it can do for you: both the good and the bad.
My Anadrol cycle guide has been broken down into the following sections:
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What is Anadrol (Oxymetholone)?
Oxymetholone, the chemical compound with the brand name Anadrol is an anabolic and androgenic steroid that is available in oral form and is one of the most well known and respected steroids in the bodybuilding, strength and powerlifting world.
It has the ability to add massive bulk in a short period of time precisely because that was the original purpose behind its invention: to help people suffering from muscle wasting diseases to put on weight quickly through increased appetite and encouragement of muscle growth.
Additionally it was developed to treat anemia which tells us that Anadrol has a very positive impact on red blood cell function – a critical area for strength, power and muscle growth.
As with all anabolic steroids and particularly oral ones, Anadrol comes with its side effects so if you’re considering using Anadrol make sure you’re aware of the potential downsides and how to best use this compound to get maximum results and minimum negative impacts.
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Anadrol is useful in two main areas: starting off a bulking cycle, and for contest preparation where as an experienced user you want to fill out after a heavy diet and cutting cycle.
However for the average user, Anadrol is not going to be a cutting steroid because the effects are fast but short lived, so it is rather one that has its main use as a potent bulking compound. The main benefits of Anadrol are:
Kicks off gains at the start of a cycle
Anadrol acts fast so helps you bulk up very quickly while other injectable steroids in your cycle take their time to start working. Most people will combine Anadrol with slow acting injectable steroids in a stack for this reason.
Increases your appetite
This obviously helps you gain weight quicker because you will be wanting to eat more. However this is another area where careful dosage is critical because taking excess Anadrol can have the reverse effect of decreasing your appetite which will negatively impact your gains and performance. So if you want peak appetite while on Anadrol: stick to a dosage of under 150mg and preferably around the 100mg daily mark.
Stacks well with other steroids
Anadrol is rarely used on its own so it’s critical it works in synergy with other compounds and that is indeed the case. While Anadrol’s effects take off fast, your other steroids take their time to kick in.
Anadrol stacks well with just about any other steroid out there, and the most common stacks include any form of testosterone (all Anadrol users should be adding testosterone as a bare minimum), and works particularly well with Nandrolone based steroids and Trenbolone, while it’s very commonly stacked with the powerful cutting steroid Winstrol.
How to Take Anadrol?
Anadrol is a very simple steroid to take and does not require the stress and pain of injecting like most other compounds. A once daily dosage is the path that the majority of users take.
Most Anadrol tablets come in 50mg dosages, making it convenient to consume the optimal dosage of Anadrol which is considered to be either 50mg or 100mg daily.
More is not necessarily better when comes to Anadrol. Studies have shown that you can hit peak gains with a dosage of around 100mg daily, with gains falling after this amount while side effects increase.
Therefore, the optimal dosage of Anadrol needs to be carefully considered so you’re getting the perfect balance of positive results without stressing the liver to the point where you cause damage, plus experience other side effects that would negate your gains.
Everyone will differ, but in most circumstances you will benefit greatly from a dosage of 100mg per day, while keeping to a cycle to 4-6 weeks maximum not only to prevent liver stress.
Gains with Anadrol are known to drop off after this amount of time so there is little to no benefit extending the cycle length, and instead allowing other steroid compounds to take over and continue to build on your gains for the rest of the cycle.
For this exact reason that Anadrol is so widely used as powerful kickstarter steroid at the start of a cycle to build mass quickly.
Typical Anadrol Cycles
Unlike some other steroids, there is not a huge disparity in dosages across people of experience levels.
The main reasons for this is that firstly, Anadrol is highly effective at moderate doses and is known to drop off in effectiveness if you go too high, while side effects increase too much to outweigh benefits.
Secondly, the level of liver toxicity Anadrol causes is always going to be a limiting factor when it comes to dosage. This is not a steroid that can or should (or indeed need to) be dosed at excessive levels.
Beginner Anadrol Cycle
A beginner can easily start on a 50mg dosage of Anadrol and see exceptional results quickly, but if you’re concerned about side effects and this is your first ever Anadrol cycle, a half tablet of 25mg will still be highly effective and will reduce adverse effects until you learn how to control them. A 4 week cycle is considered suitable for a beginner.
Intermediate Anadrol Cycle
Intermediate users can still benefit greatly from a 50mg per day dosage with very fast gains in strength and mass seen.
Increasing to 100mg daily can be considered if you have the side effects under control and at this point you should be using either 0.5mg or 1mg of Arimidex daily during the cycle to mitigate those estrogenic side effects.
A 6 week cycle length is recommended as the maximum to avoid severe liver toxicity.
Advanced Anadrol Cycle
An advanced user will either be using Anadrol to massively bulk up or for a highly specific cutting purpose. However, if used at the front end of your cycle for bulking, 100mg daily for 4-6 weeks is likely where the most advanced users will start, combined with 1mg of Arimidex everyday to combat side effects.
Making use of other compounds is essential for an advanced Anadrol cycle, at a bare minimum being Testosterone Cypionate at 500mg per week for 8-12 weeks, with Deca-Durabolin at at least 200mg weekly for 8-12 weeks being a common inclusion.
While many advanced users (and even some beginners) boast of using Anadrol at 200mg or more daily to get substantial gains, this comes at great risk of both immediate side effects and liver damage.
Whether you’re a beginner or advanced user, the majority are going to be using Anadrol as part of a stack (whether it be with just one or multiple other steroids), at the start of a cycle which provides a big kick start for the rest of the cycle when the other steroid compounds will take over in effectiveness while Anadrol stops at the 4-6 week mark.
Any stack with Anadrol is going to produce extremely effective results, and quickly. In a cutting stack it’s common to stack Anadrol with Winstrol at a dosage of anywhere between 25 to 100mg of Winstrol; but keep in mind that Winstrol is also very liver toxic. A quality strength and cutting stack of Anadrol at 100mg and Winstrol at 50mg is tried and tested amongst many users.
Another common stack is Anadrol and Dianabol with lower dosages of each, with Dianabol extending to 6 weeks and Anadrol stopping at 4 weeks. For this stack cycle, using Anadrol at 50mg daily and Dianabol at 200mg weekly is likely to produce dramatic results very quickly.
Perhaps the most simple and guaranteed to see extreme results stack is one consisting of 50mg of Anadrol daily for the first 6 weeks, combined with Testosterone Enanthate at 500mg weekly and Deca-Durabolin at 400mg weekly for 12 weeks.
The cycle is followed by a two week break then followed up with 3 weeks of PCT (100mg/day Clomid for 10 days then followed up with 50mg/day Clomid for another 10 days). This stack will allow rapid gains at the start with Anadrol, while testosterone and Deca kick in as slower acting injectables for the remained of the cycle.
Anadrol helps you pile on the gains thick and fast. You’ll see rapid improvements in mass and strength within a short timeframe of starting an Anadrol cycle.
To maintain these gains, continuing the cycle with other powerful steroids is a must, otherwise the gains you’ve made with Anadrol are easily lost. Even on a moderate Anadrol dose of 50mg per day, it’s possible to gain 20-30 pounds within less than one month.
Achieve huge size gains
30 pounds gained in one month is not unheard of with Anadrol; in fact it can be quite common. Needless to say, to retain these big gains you’ll need be consuming enough calories both while you’re using Anadrol and afterwards and you will need to follow up with other powerful steroids in your cycle that will compound on Anadrol’s effects.
Delivers results rapidly
This is a very fast acting steroid and most users will notice exceptionally fast gains. This includes both bulking and strength improvements. Keep in mind though that while the gains come on thick and fast, maintaining them is a different story and relies upon the rest of your cycle being made up of other quality steroids.
With most of your gains being achieved within the first four weeks of using Anadrol, limiting the cycle length to no longer than 6 weeks is not only important because of the hepatotoxicity of this steroid, but also because there’s no positive gains to be made by running a longer cycle – instead, other steroid compounds should be used to continue building on the gains made with Anadrol.
Side Effects from Anadrol Cycle
Even though Anadrol is a non-aromatizing steroid, it still for reasons not fully understood bring about an increase in the levels of estrogen. Therefore we still see some of those estrogen related side effects that so many steroids cause.
Anadrol is a powerful steroid and as is so often the case, the more powerful the steroid, the more numerous and full on the side effects can be. The main side effects to be aware of when you’re using Anadrol are:
Anadrol is a 17aa (17-Alpha-Alkylated) steroid, and like all steroids of this type it is particularly demanding on the liver.
This means we have to pay close attention to both dosage and duration of use of Anadrol because liver damage, and liver failure at the most extreme end, is not something you want to deal with.
Studies have clearly shown that liver stress levels rise with the use of oral anabolic steroids like Anadrol, with additional adverse effects on the kidneys when used long term.
Anadrol is famous for its headache inducing effects in some people. Experimenting with lowering your dosage can impact on whether you experience headaches or not, or how bad they get. In more severe cases, migraines can form and this can certainly be a factor in how high a dosage of Anadrol you’re going to be comfortable using.
Some people will get headaches at just 50mg, while others can tolerate 100mg. Because Anadrol can also cause high blood pressure, this should be checked to make sure BP is not contributing to headaches.
An estrogenic side effect of Anadrol is gyno and even though, as mentioned, this steroid does not aromatize we still need to make use of anti-estrogen medication to keep issues like gyno at bay.
Aromatase inhibitors still work well with Anadrol to lower estrogen levels and reduce symptoms like gyno, just keep in mind that AI’s (unlike SERMs) can negatively impact on cholesterol levels.
Another estrogenic effect that most users will experience with Anadrol is water retention, and this is a particular problem for those who are getting competition ready.
But again, water retention can be reduced and controlled through the use of a quality aromatase inhibitor like Arimidex.
Keeping control of water retention is not only critical for appearance purposes, but even more importantly an excess of water retention can have an adverse effect on your blood pressure.
If you are prone to high cholesterol you you need to seriously consider whether Anadrol is the right steroid for you, because it is well known to contribute to a decrease in good cholesterol levels (HDL).
Even with normal healthy cholesterol levels, anyone using Anadrol is at risk of elevated cholesterol while on this steroid.
This makes it imperative that a low cholesterol diet is maintained especially by minimizing saturated fat intake, and by including some heart rate elevating cardio work in your workout routines.
Loss of Appetite
This is not meant to occur when you use Anadrol because it’s a drug designed to actually increase appetite and help you gain weight; but if you’re using too high a dosage it can have the opposite effect and suppress your appetite. So if you notice a clear decrease in how much you feel like eating, your Anadrol dosage is too high.
Suppression of Natural Hormones
Like all steroids, Anadrol will cause the body to slow down or even stop the normal production of hormones, including testosterone.
For this reason you will almost certainly want to be making use of a testosterone steroid while on an Anadrol cycle. Without it, low testosterone and all the associated symptoms are virtually a given.
There are many different testosterone esters you can choose to use with Anadrol, and all will serve the purpose of maintaining a viable level of the hormone while you’re on a cycle.
Post cycle therapy is also critical to get all your natural hormone function going again once your entire steroid cycle is complete.
This is a possibility with any anabolic steroid, and some users do report seeing some pretty serious changes to their moods in regards to anger and temperament.
Again, this is an area where monitoring your dosage relative to side effects is important so you can strike the right balance between getting good results while not suffering with personality changes that will impact other parts of your life.
Anadrol Post Cycle Therapy
While an exogenous source of testosterone during your Anadrol cycle is critical, just as important is to plan your post cycle therapy (PCT) so your system can get back to normal.
When your steroid cycle finishes, normal testosterone production will begin again but this is a slow process that you will keep you in a state of low testosterone if you don’t undertake PCT.
Post cycle therapy speeds up your hormone production so you can be quickly producing testosterone at an adequate level without the use of steroids.
Because Anadrol is often used at the beginning of a steroid cycle, when and how you start your PCT will often depend on what other steroids you’re taking in your cycle, and how long it goes for. If you’re using just Anadrol and testosterone cypionate for example, your main PCT will start two weeks after the end of the cycle.
Since you will likely be making use of Arimidex or another aromatase inhibitor during your Anadrol cycle to control estrogen, this will also continue through your PCT.
An example of post cycle therapy in this scenario includes continuing Arimidex at 0.5mg daily, while starting with HCG (Gonadotropin) at up to 2500iu weekly beginning at the end of the cycle and going for two weeks. Following this by starting 50mg of Clomid for 3 weeks while maintaining Arimidex at 0.5mg but reducing it to once every two days.
Does Anadrol cause water retention?
Yes, water retention is a possible side effect when using Anadrol. Knowing how to minimize the effects of water retention by making use of a good aromatase inhibitor and maintaining an optimal diet, while also paying close attention to how variations in your Anadrol dosage affect your level of water retention, it’s possible to keep this side effect under control.
How many mg of Anadrol should I take a day?
Although you might see guys boasting about using 200mg or 300mg per day of Anadrol, the truth is that this hugely powerful steroid is extremely effective at just 50mg daily, and with little reason to ever go past 100mg daily.
What the highest users of Anadrol won’t tell you about is the extreme side effects they experience at such large doses – and the long term ramifications on their liver and cholesterol.
Sticking to under 100mg a day ensures excellent results without uncontrollable side effects and long term health damage.
What is Anadrol used for in bodybuilding?
Anadrol is one of the best steroids for bulking you can use. This is its main use in bodybuilding. It is also widely used as a competition preparation steroid for advanced users who compete in shows and need to really fill out within a certain period of time because Anadrol works very quickly.
While not a widely used steroid for cutting, it can still be useful in this area for those who know what they’re doing. Anadrol in lower doses which minimize water retention can be beneficial at the end of a cutting cycle to fill out just in time for a contest; however for the average, non-competing bodybuilder, Anadrol’s main use is for bulking.
What’s better: Dbol or Anadrol?
Both of these steroids are renowned for their power in enhancing both size and strength. And another thing that Dianabol and Anadrol have in common is they are both normally taken orally. When choosing between these two steroids, they both have pros and cons to consider including benefits and side effects.
If maintaining high levels of testosterone is your priority, then Dbol fits the bill because it increases free testosterone, while Anadrol does not. However Anadrol is easily stacked with testosterone steroids to help negate this issue.
In short, there is no one or the other that’s better between Anadrol and Dbol, and your choice will come down to your personal goals and your tolerance for the side effects of each steroid.
For a first time user can I stack Anadrol with Dianabol and Test Enanthate?
I wouldn’t for a beginner. I personally would stick to just adding a good Test like a cyp or e and focus more on your food intake and workout. If you feel you must I would split it 50/25 to test the waters. If you can’t handle it drop the Dbol till you’re next cycle. If you seem to be reacting well do 50mg Anadrol to 100mg Dbol.
Does Anadrol cause gyno?
As a non-aromatizing steroid, you might think you can avoid the dreaded gyno when using Anadrol but unfortunately that’s not the case.
Some people will still experience gynecomastia because of its way of raising estrogen levels, possibly by in some way blocking the clearance of estrogen from the body via the liver.
Whatever the cause, being aware that gyno is a possibility on Anadrol helps you look out for early signs and get on top of it; just another reason why using a good anti-estrogen with this steroid is vital.
What’s best to stack with Anadrol?
Because Anadrol causes very rapid gains which can unfortunately disappear quite quickly without the proper care, it’s critical a cycle is continued with other steroids and this means that Anadrol will always be used in a stack with at least one other compound. Testosterone is the most common, but advanced users will stack with Trenbolone, a nandrolone steroid like Deca-Durabolin, or even Dianabol.
Can Anadrol be used for cutting?
Advanced and highly experienced users do make use of Anadrol for specialist cutting purposes: mainly before a competition or show.
Some people will swear that Anadrol is a terrible cutting steroid, but if you know what you’re doing it can be incredibly powerful for this purpose.
Using Anadrol during cutting cycles to gain some muscle while you’re eliminating fat can result in an exceptionally ripped physique – as long as your diet and workouts are perfectly executed to get this result.
Is Anadrol liver toxic?
Anadrol comes with high levels of hepatotoxicity as an oral steroid that passes through the liver. This puts a heavy strain on the liver and is the main reason we limit the cycle length of this steroid to no longer than six weeks; unless you like dealing with serious liver function issues and potential liver failure on long Anadrol cycles.
Do you take Anadrol everyday?
Yes, due to the short half life of Anadrol (between 8 and 9 hours) and it being a very fast acting compound, it must be taken daily to keep your levels up. Because Anadrol works fast and then is known to drop off later in the cycle, making then most of everyday while you’re on Anadrol is critical to get the maximum from this steroid.
My Conclusion and Recommendation
Anadrol is one of the most powerful steroids for raw strength and mass gains and quoted as having triple the anabolic power of testosterone. Power and stamina shoot through the roof, giving you the ability to obliterate your personal best in the gym and lift weights well beyond your normal level.