Winstrol (also referred to informally as ‘Winny’) is the trade name for the
anabolic steroid Stanozolol, which happens to be number three in the rankings
for the most popular and most widely used anabolic steroids. It is only
succeeded in popularity and use by Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate), and Dianabol (Methandrostenolone), which sits at the top at the number one spot.
Winstrol, being among the top three compounds, has a lot of good reasons for
being as popular as it is, and it can easily be seen as to why so many
athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts want to buy Winstrol and use it
in their cycles. This drug was among the first anabolic steroids early on to be
synthesized and released in the late 1950s. The 1950s saw the beginning of the
anabolic steroid development gold rush, which lasted from 1950 – 1989. This
‘gold rush’ of anabolic steroids saw many governments and pharmaceutical
companies race to modify the Testosterone molecule in order to develop a
better, more ‘perfect’ anabolic steroid that could be used as a medicine. Of
course, athletes and bodybuilders were also keenly interested in the new
developments here as well for obvious reasons.
Winstrol has its origins in the UK, having been originally marketed and
manufactured by Winthrop Laboratories in the late 1950s and into the 1960s.
American pharmaceutical manufacturers quickly obtained the patent for this
hormone and subsequently began manufacturing and marketing American variants of
this drug for the American prescription drug market. Stanozolol in all of its
different brands and trade names enjoyed use in the treatment of many different
diseases, disorders, and ailments over time. Although it has seen its ups and
downs on the market and manufacturing end of things, Winstrol is today still
approved for use as a pharmaceutical grade human medication, though it is not
in production in North America. However, many different brands and generics of
this product do exist internationally, and can easily be obtained in this way.
Winstrol is also known as being a popular veterinary drug (mostly for use in
horses, though it is used in other veterinary applications as well), and so
those looking to buy Winstrol will also find a solid abundance of veterinary
grade Stanozolol on the black market.
This drug is available in two forms: an orally administered tablet, and an
injectable that is in the form of a water-based suspension. In the case of the
injectable, some underground laboratories (UGLs) have discovered methods of manufacturing
this hormone into an oil-based injectable, though this oil-based format is
unavailable as a human grade or veterinary grade form. One very important and
interesting point to note for the reader is that unlike nearly all other
anabolic steroids, both the oral and injectable format of Winstrol are 100%
chemically identical, meaning that the injectable format can also be ingested
orally with the same effect as the tablet form.
This performance enhancing drug seems to be very popular among strength and
speed athletes (such as sprinters) that do not wish to add the extra bulk
and/or water retention that is normally associated with other anabolic
Pharmaceutical and Underground Winstrol
There is plenty of pharmaceutical grade as well as underground grade Winstrol to be bought on the black market. Pharmaceutical grade products are those which
are manufactured by any FDA (or equivalent) approved pharmaceutical company,
and due to their oversight and access to state of the art facilities, these
products are ensured to be properly dosed, sterile, and quality controlled.
However, the price of these products are obviously expected to be higher. On
the other hand, underground products are manufactured by clandestine
laboratories that are illegally or illicitly established, and have no oversight
or quality control. The result are products that are of questionable quality
that vary between the labs that manufacture them, though the prices are
generally much more affordable than their pharmaceutical human grade
Athletes looking to buy Winstrol will encounter oral Winstrol for approximately
$1.50 - $3.00 per tablet, with most tablets containing 50mg of Stanozolol. This
is provided as a general example, however, as pharmaceutical grade Winstrol can
range from 5mg tablets all the way up to 25mg tablets, and is difficult to
establish price ranges of these different concentrations. Injectable variants
of this drug contained in 10ml vials normally are sold in the range of $60 -
$90 per 10ml vial, and even as high as $120 per vial. The standard
concentration of water-based (or even the UGL oil-based) Winstrol is that of
50mg/ml. However, because underground laboratories are often pushing the
envelope with high concentration products intended for muscle building, concentrations
as high as 100mg/ml can be found. However, these are exclusively underground
products, as the standard for pharmaceutical human grade is 50mg/ml or less.