We look at oral only anabolic steroid cycles, their side effects and how to cycle the compounds properly for optimal gains.
Oral steroid cycles are generally advised to the less experienced steroid user or ‘newbie’ looking for an introduction into androgen use. This is because injections can be seen as bewildering as most have only ever been injected by a physician when ill or as a vaccination. But the truth is, injectable steroids are often less harmful to the body than oral steroids.
Almost all oral steroids are 17-alpha-alkylated compounds, meaning they must be processed by the liver and remain active in the bloodstream. Without this 17aa chemical alteration, ingesting anabolic steroids would be ineffective, as most would be destroyed by digestion and assimilation. This unfortunately, comes at a price and can push up liver values and cause stress to internal organs and cause steroids side effects.
Popular Oral Steroids
Most oral steroids are easily available by steroid sources in person and via online suppliers. Popular oral steroids include. Dianabol, Anavar, Winstrol, Anadrol, whilst fat burning agents include Clenbuterol. These drugs can be used alone, but this isn’t optimal.
The reason oral steroids are generally avoided are because of their effects on the endocrine system, or supply of endogenous Testosterone. Oral steroids inhibit the bodies own Testosterone output, thus causing low libido, erectile dysfunction, loss of energy and well-being. Oral steroids are often advised to be run with a minimal amount of exogenous Testoserone such as, Testosterone Cypionate or Sustanon 250, so the steroid user doesn’t suffer from these negative effects.
Oral Steroid Cycle Examples
If a replacement dosage of Testosterone is used, a dosage of the supplement tribulus can be used to enhance libido or Proviron at 25-50mg/ED to maintain sexual desire.
Androgens that can be used during an oral steroid cycle are often used alone due to the negative steroid related side effects when combining oral compounds.
DHT-derived steroids wont compromise libido as much as steroid like Anadrol 50, which can also yield appetite suppression and lack of energy. Other DHT-derived steroids are Anavar, Winstrol and Primobolan (Methenolone) orals.
An example of a DHT-derived steroid cycle would be:
Weeks 1-6 Anavar 50mg/ED
Weeks 1-6 Proviron 25-50mg/ED
Winstrol (Stanozolol) can also be used, but libido can be compromised on an oral only Winstrol cycle. If you do decide to use Winstrol as part of an oral steroid cycle, then 50-100mg/ED is advised for 5-6 weeks with support supplements including milk thistle, NAC, vitamin C and any other health related supplements used to limit the toxicity of oral steroids.
Dianabol Only Steroid Cycle
Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) can be used for 4-6 weeks, but again, Proviron needs to be used to limit the decrease in sexual desire and energy levels. Dbol is perhaps one of the oldest oral steroids around and is often used as an introduction into anabolic-androgenic steroids by many due to its versititility and it’s easy to obtain.
An example of a Dbol steroid cycle would be:
Weeks 1-6 Dianabol 30mg/ED
Weeks 1-6 Aromasin (Exemestane) 12.5mg/ED
Weeks 1-6 Proviron 25-50mg/ED
An aromatase inhibitor (Aromasin) is used to counter the increase in estrogen and side effects including; gynecomastia, water retention, roid rage, acne and cholesterol and internal organ damage.
Post Cycle Therapy for an Oral Steroids Cycle
Oral steroids will cause an inhibition of endogenous hormone output, therefore your sex drive may decrease and erectile dysfunction may occur.
However, a post cycle therapy (PCT) is still suggested, even if mildly inhibitory androgens have been used for a short period.
Weeks 1-6 Tamoxifen Citrate (Nolvadex) 20mg/ED
Weeks 1-6 Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate) 50mg/ED
Weeks 1-6 Tamoxifen Citrate 20mg/ED
Weeks 1-2 HCG 500ius 4 shots every 2-3 days
Weeks 1-6 Clomid 25mg/ED
Much the same with any steroid cycle, the usage of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) is advised post cycle to help kick-start the bodies own testosterone supply after inhibition.
Oral steroid cycles should be limited to 4-6 weeks maximum time due to having negative effects on lipids, the liver, kidneys, blood pressure and decreasing testosterone levels.