We take a look at Clenbuterol side effects and how best to avoid them, prevention drugs, dosages and the most common side effects associated with usage.
Clenbuterol side effects are very similar to that of any other sympathomimetic compounds. All sympathomimetic compounds (such as Caffeine, Albuterol, Ephedrine, Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, etc.) carry more or less the exact same side effects. The difference between any of the listed sympathomimetic compounds (and the countless others that exist in the world) is the level of severity of the various side effects associated with each compound. Various sympathomimetic type side effects may also be less pronounced with a particular compound in comparison with another, and although one particular side effect may be less prominent, another side effect may be harsher than the compared compound. For example, many users who have used Ephedrine and Clenbuterol (at separate times, of course) have claimed to experienced more pronounced side effects in one particular area of one drug over the other – however, the overall general side effects associated with sympathomimetic stimulants more or less remains existent with both compounds. With this being said, Clenbuterol carries the same side effects as that of other central nervous system (CNS) sympathomimetic stimulants which includes fairly common key physical side effects: tremors (shaky hands), insomnia, sweating, headaches, heightened blood pressure, and nausea. CNS stimulants such as Clenbuterol also carry with them the potential for a select few common psychological side effects which are not commonly mentioned. These include: anxiety, heightened euphoric sensation (improved mood), and depression (resulting from a possible crash following use). Less common or rare side effects (mostly associated with overdoses) include: tachycardia (rapid heart rate), irregular heart rate, rapid breathing, severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid and therefore does not carry with it any potential virilization or gender-altering type side effects. A particular side effect that is associated with Clenbuterol and not with many other CNS stimulants (with the exception of Albuterol) is that of muscle cramps.
As mentioned previously, common key physical side effects include tremors (shaky hands), insomnia, sweating, headaches, heightened blood pressure, and nausea. This is to say that those who utilize Clenbuterol are most likely to experience these side effects, as they are fairly common amongst broad user spectrums. As with any topic concerning side effects, some may be sensitive to various side effects and others may not. Some users may be hypersensitive and others may not be. It ultimately falls on the responsibility of the individual to determine whether or not they respond in any particular manner to a substance such as Clenbuterol, and act accordingly. This includes the potential for any allergic reactions (such as rashes, or hives) that may be extremely rare but few individuals may possibly be prone to. Most of these common side effects tend to subside as the days pass during use, due to the body becoming increasingly accustomed to the compound.
Tremors: This is a common side effect of Clenbuterol that tends to be more pronounced with Clenbuterol in comparison to other CNS stimulants that may exhibit this side effect (albeit to a lesser degree), such as Caffeine or Ephedrine. There is no known ‘cure’ for such a side effect other than the users’ body becoming slowly but surely accustomed to the dose. This is one of the reasons why it is recommended to initiate a slow ramp-up of the dose to a peak dose when running Clenbuterol. Most users report diminished tremors in the later weeks of use (compared to the first few days of use) as the body grows accustomed to this side effect.
Insomnia: As Clenbuterol is classified as a sympathomimetic CNS stimulant with a long half-life of approximately 34 hours, many users have experienced potential insomnia due to the wakefulness-promoting aspect of the compound due to the stimulant nature. Once again, many common users report this becoming less of a pronounced issue as the weeks progress as the body becomes accustomed to the drug. Some users report no difficulties sleeping right from the start of use as well.
Sweating: Being a Beta-2 receptor agonist, Clenbuterol stimulates lipolysis (fat breakdown) in fat tissue, resulting in more fat being used as the body’s fuel source. This results in heat being released as fat is broken down and burned for energy. The increase in heat results in an increase in body temperature and therefore, sweating. The body temperature elevation is usually no higher than 0.5 to 1 degree and occasionally slightly higher. The increase is rarely uncomfortable and results in increased perspiration.
Elevated blood pressure and headaches: Headaches and blood pressure go hand-in-hand in the case of CNS stimulants. The rise in blood pressure usually leads to headaches (if the user indeed experiences any headaches at all). Typically, blood pressure increases subside with continued use, but it is highly advisable that the user monitors his or her blood pressure throughout use so as to ensure that it does not rise too high. Should blood pressure rise dangerously high, it is advisable that the user reduces his or her dose accordingly and further monitor blood pressure until it is at a safer level. It is likewise an intelligent decision to refrain from Clenbuterol use if one knowingly has a history of blood pressure problems and hypertension, lest Clenbuterol worsens these medical problems. Other factors to be monitored and controlled are: sodium intake and any possible consumption of other CNS stimulants (i.e. Caffeine, Ephedrine, etc.) while using Clenbuterol, especially the stronger prescription stimulants such as Adderall (Amphetamines) and the like.
Nausea: This side effect is one of the most common side effects for anything and everything, including food. Any substance ingested orally can cause the potential for nausea and upset stomachs in users that tend to have sensitive stomachs. In the case of Clenbuterol, this can easily be potentiated further due to its nature as a CNS stimulant where those hypersensitive to stimulants may tend to experience nausea that is unrelated to the stomach but to the effects of a stimulant itself.
Muscle cramping: A key side effect experienced by almost all Clenbuterol users is that of muscle cramping, especially during bouts of intense physical exercise and muscle contraction. This is due almost exclusively to the fact that Clenbuterol is responsible for the depletion of the amino acid Taurine in muscle tissue. Taurine – alongside Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium – plays an important key role in the regulation of electric nerve impulses and signals that control the contraction and relaxation of muscle tissue. The depletion of Taurine leads to this function being disrupted, and involuntary painful muscle cramps result. The solution is to simply supplement with Taurine, ingested orally. The recommended dose of L-Taurine for the purposes of maintaining high and healthy levels during Clenbuterol administration is approximately 2.5 – 5 grams per day (depending on the individual and how he or she responds).