Steroid Name: Stanozolol – Winstrol
Forms: Non-esterified Liquid (Winstrol Dept), Oral (Winstrol)
Mostly Used For: Cutting Cycles
Stanozolol is an anabolic steroid with quite specific properties; useful to many bodybuilders and performance athletes alike.
It is almost always referred to as Winstrol (or ‘Winny) – the original name under which Winthrop Laboratories (now Sterling) traded it from the early 1960s.
Winstrol shot to fame as a Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) after Canadian Ben Johnson won the 100m gold at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and was later disqualified after testing positive.
Largely due to its non-existent aromatization to estrogen, and low bulking profile, it is a very popular cutting steroid.
However, its high hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity) in both oral and injectable form make it a relatively short term cycle. Users tend to limit it to a couple cycles a year, and competition bodybuilders only in the lead up to a comp.
Main Benefits to the Bodybuilder / Athlete
Winstrol is one of the true performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in that it increase strength, speed and power.
As a bodybuilding aid, it is used during a cutting cycle for most people. It hardens and helps define muscle rather than add mass.
Extended use – either of the liquid or tablets – is not recommended because both are hepatotoxic (see below).
Most other steroids are bound with esters when available in liquid form. Winstrol is not.
When liquid, it is in the form of aqueous suspension, meaning that even an intramuscular injection will defeat the liver and have toxic side effects due to its alkylated structure.
The oral tablet form has the same effect.
Winstrol cycles are therefore usually limited to less than 8 weeks, and perhaps only two of those per year.
Known for its ‘dry’ effect because of the lack of water retention, the stigma has falsely attached itself to the feeling of ‘dry’ joints as well. This is down to another peculiar side effect, where connective tissue – ligaments and tendons – are apparently more ‘brittle’ during a Winny cycle.
This is as yet undetermined, save for empirical reports potentially exaggerated via the phenomenon of Chinese whispers.
Moreover, it jars with one of the original therapeutic applications of the drug: a treatment for osteoporosis!
Without exogenous testosterone use, someone using Winstrol will likely experience the negative effects of low testosterone, due to its suppressive nature.
Natural testosterone recovery will take many months after all steroid cycles have been ceased. This can be helped with a course of post cycle therapy (PCT).
Total recovery depends on whether the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) has been damaged, which can be the case if irresponsible steroid dosages, combinations or other practices are adopted.
Whether liquid or oral Winstrol is used, there will be a negative impact on lipid profiles. This takes the form of lowered HDL and raised LDL.
People predisposed to issues with cholesterol should clearly avoid this steroid. In fact, without a very good diet and cardiovascular training, this side effect may be the potential downfall of many users.
These are less pronounced – hair loss, acne, body hair growth – unless the user is particularly prone to it.
Most steroids exert androgenic side effects via the alpha-5-reductase conversion of testosterone to DHT.
Given that Stanozolol is a DHT derivative, this activity does not occur. Nonetheless there is some androgenic activity which comes from its moderate affinity with the androgen receptor.
Women and Winstrol
The steroid has virilization (masculinizing) effects on women. These include facial hair growth, body hair growth, lowered voice and even clitoris enlargement.
The effects would be less pronounced than, say, Sustanon 250 as Winstrol doesn’t bind to the AR as much. Still, female users tend to keep the dose very low and stop altogether as soon as any effects are noticed.
Go to our article Women and Steroids for more information.
Dosage and Usage
Dosages range from therapeutic to performance enhancing. Therapeutic doses are much lower and can involve an intramuscular injection as little as every 3 weeks. The equivalent oral program would be 2mg micro doses 2 or 3 times a day.
The dose for a male bodybuilder or performance athlete will be somewhere around 25mg a day of oral Winstrol and twice that every other day of injected aqueous solution (Winstrol Depot).
Competition bodybuilders might take a much higher dose leading up to the meet. This is of course a risk vs reward scenario.
Female users err on the side of caution and use small oral doses in order to be in control if side effects hit. As little as 4mg a day split into 2 has been reported to be effective.
Availability – Legality – Purchase
Winstrol is a controlled substance in many countries and as such, purchasing it may not be legal.
Online purchasing comes with the same problems irrespective of the ‘offshore’ location of the laboratory.
Azolol (pictured at top of page) is the most famous current brand, still available from the British dispensary. Original Winstrol can still be found in Europe, as can Rexobol tablets and Rexogin liquid. All would be black market purchases.
The black market is full of individuals and outfits selling non-genuine product, compared to a few with genuine Winstrol. Also, it may seem more convenient to purchase online, but the same situation applies, possibly to a greater degree.
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