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Superdrol is an anabolic steroid that carries a bit of a unique history compared to many anabolic steroids. Superdrol itself is merely a brand name of an over the counter anabolic steroid sold as a pro hormone or nutritional supplement by Anabolic Extreme. While an anabolic steroid, the active hormone Methyldrostanolone had never been placed on the controlled substance list in the U.S. and in 2005 it would hit the shelves of most major supplement companies and enjoyed massive success. However, in 2006 due to tremendous FDA pressure Superdrol would be discontinued. While the Superdrol brand was short lived, over the counter and black market Methyldrostanolone would continue to appear around the world until mid-2012. In 2012 Methyldrostanolone would be placed on the U.S. controlled substance list and classified as a Schedule III controlled substance along with all anabolic steroids.
Methyldrostanolone or Superdrol, while it did not appear on the market until 2005 is not a new anabolic steroid. Syntex first created the Methyldrostanolone hormone in 1959 at the same time as Drostanolone (Masteron) and Oxymetholone (Anadrol). However, the Methyldrostanolone hormone never received a pharmaceutical push like the other two hormones. The exception would be its inclusion in Dimethazine; a compound that metabolically dissolved and converted to Methyldrostanolone post administration. As we dive into the Superdrol compound, as you may have already guessed we will find it is very similar to Drostanolone or the popular anabolic steroid Masteron.
Superdrol Functions & Traits:
Superdrol is an anabolic androgenic steroid comprised of the active steroidal hormone Methyldrostanolone. This is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic steroid or more specifically a structurally altered form of Drostanolone. Superdrol is simply the Drostanolone hormone with an added methyl group at the 17th carbon position that allows the hormone to survive oral ingestion and officially classifies it as a C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) anabolic steroid. It also carries an added methyl group at the carbon two position, which greatly increases its anabolic power. These slight alterations will also reduce Superdrol’s androgenicity compared to Masteron, which isn’t all that androgenic to begin with.
On a structural basis, Superdrol carries an anabolic rating of 400; nearly four times that of Masteron. It will also carry an androgenic rating of 20, which is extremely mild. This is a non-aromatizing anabolic steroid carrying no estrogenic or progesterone activity.
When looking at the traits of Superdrol, there is nothing all that remarkable about this steroid compared to many others. The mere fact that it enjoyed years of grey legality is truly the only remarkable attribute. This isn’t to take away from the steroid’s ability, but is merely stated to clear up any confusion or misguided notions. Superdrol will notably enhance protein synthesis and nitrogen retention. Protein synthesis refers to the rate by which cells build proteins and nitrogen represents a key component in muscle tissue composition. The enhancement in both areas promotes a stronger anabolic atmosphere enabling the individual to build more lean tissue or preserve it during a calorie restricted state. The hormone will also significantly increase red blood cell count providing greater muscular endurance. This is due to red blood cells being responsible for carrying oxygen to and through the blood and the increase in cells providing greater blood oxygenation.
Effects of Superdrol:
When looking at the effects of Superdrol, the best way to describe the steroid as is a total body transforming product. Through its marketing campaign it was touted as being a more powerful mass builder than Anadrol, hence the name Superdrol; a play on words “Super Anadrol.” However, athletes who have used both will attest the effects of Superdrol will in no way lead to mass gains even comparable to Anadrol. However, significant gains in lean tissue can be made so as long as adequate calories are consumed. A gain of 5-10lbs is more than possible and will not be accompanied by the water retention Anadrol often brings. The individual should also find he is able to make cleaner off-season gains due to the effects of Superdrol promoting a stronger metabolism. This is not to say body fat cannot be gained, but you should be able to make better use of your caloric surplus when Superdrol is in play.
The effects of Superdrol can also be very beneficial to the dieting athlete as a cutting steroid. This compound will greatly preserve lean tissue during a caloric deficit, a key component to successful dieting. In order to lose body fat we must burn more calories than we consume. This puts lean tissue at risk as the body will take what it needs to meet its energy demands from anywhere it can get it. Due to the body’s natural survival instinct, it will often take energy from muscle tissue rather than body fat. The key to successful dieting is ensuring that not only is fat lost but the lean tissue we hold is preserved. The effects of Superdrol will ensure this goal is met. Through the effects of Superdrol the individual should also notice greatly improved conditioning in terms of a dryer, harder look. This isn’t all that surprising when we consider this steroid is in many ways oral Masteron, a steroid well known for promoting such traits.
Regardless of your reason for use, bulking or cutting, the effects of Superdrol will improve recovery and muscular endurance. We cannot call it the strongest steroid in this regard but the improvements will be significant, and as with all steroids the most important. You will not tire out as fast allowing for work to be done at a maximal level for longer periods of time. This does not mean training time frames need to be increased, but rather they become more efficient. The entire point behind anabolic steroid use is to take what you’re already doing right and to simply do it better. Then we have recovery, and this is where the effects of Superdrol as with many anabolic steroids become invaluable. Recovery is where progress is made. Progress isn’t actually made in the gym when training. When training we are actually tearing our muscle tissue down, and when we recover this is where it is built, repaired and becomes stronger.
Side Effects of Superdrol:
There are possible side effects of Superdrol all users must be aware of. This is not what we’d label an unfriendly anabolic steroid, but the possible side effects of Superdol can be potentially problematic in a few key areas. Those with high cholesterol or existing liver issues must not use this anabolic steroid. If you are healthy enough for use, you will need to put in a good bit of effort into controlling these areas of your health. In order to help you understand the possible side effects of Superdrol, we have broken them down into their separate categories along with all the information you’ll need.
Estrogenic: The side effects of Superdrol do not
include any of an estrogenic nature. Gynecomastia and water retention
will be impossible with this steroid. An anti-estrogen is not necessary
due to the use of Methyldrostanolone.
Androgenic: The side effects of Superdrol can
include those of an androgenic nature. However, due to a low androgenic
nature the threshold for such effects should be fairly high with most
men. Possible androgenic side effects of Superdrol include acne, hair
loss in those predisposed to male pattern baldness and body hair growth.
These effects are highly dependent on genetic predispositions, but even
if sensitive you will not be able to reduce the androgenicity of this
hormone. The Methyldrostanolone hormone is not metabolized by the
5-alpha reductase enzyme making 5-alpha reductase inhibitors like
Finasteride useless with this steroid.
The androgenic nature of Superdrol can also promote virilization in women. Such side effects of Superdrol include body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. Despite carrying a low androgenic nature the translating androgenic activity in women does appear to be stronger than its rating would imply. Use without virilization is possible, but it will take very low doses. Most women will find other anabolic steroids like Oxandrolone (Anavar) to be better choices. If a female athlete decides to try Superdrol, if virilization symptoms begin to show it should be discontinued immediately. If use is discontinued at the onset of symptoms they will fade away rapidly. If the symptoms are ignored and use continues, they may become irreversible.
Cardiovascular: The side effects of Superdrol in
this category can be some of the most concerning of all. The
Methyldrostanolone hormone can have a strong, negative impact on lipids
by significantly lowering HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and
increasing LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Despite carrying no
estrogenic activity, therefore no water retention, Methyltestosterone
may also have a negative impact on blood pressure. However, cholesterol
issues are far more likely than blood pressure, but both are possible.
Due to the possible cardiovascular issues created by Superdrol, a healthy lifestyle will be imperative. Those with high blood pressure or cholesterol should not supplement with this steroid. If you are healthy enough for use a blood pressure and cholesterol friendly lifestyle will be imperative. The individual’s diet should be rich in omega fatty acids; daily fish oil supplementation is highly advised. The individual should also strictly limit saturated fats and simple sugars and ensure he implements daily cardiovascular activity into his routine. The use of a cholesterol antioxidant supplement is also highly advised.
Testosterone: The side effects of Superdrol will
include natural testosterone suppression in all men who use the steroid,
and it will be significant. The use of exogenous testosterone is
advised. Those who do not include exogenous testosterone of some form
with their Superdrol use will place their body in a low testosterone
state. The form of testosterone you choose is inconsequential, all that
matters is your body receives the testosterone it needs as this hormone
is essential to a healthy a properly functioning body.
Once the use of Superdrol has come to an end and all exogenous hormones have cleared the system natural testosterone production will begin again. However, levels will still be low and most are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) program. A PCT program will stimulate natural testosterone production, which will protect your physique as well as your overall health. It will also greatly cut down the total time to recovery. A PCT plan will not return your testosterone levels back to normal on its own, this will take some time, but it will ensure you have enough testosterone for proper bodily function.
An important note on natural testosterone recovery – natural testosterone recovery assumes no damage was done to the body due to improper supplementation practices. It also assumes there was no prior existing low testosterone condition.
Hepatotoxicity: Superdol, like all C17-aa anabolic
steroids, is hepatotoxic and can potentially stress and damage the
liver. Use must not be undertaken if the liver isn’t healthy. During
use, liver enzyme values will increase in all who use this steroid.
However, an increase in liver enzyme values does not equate to damage
but is rather an indicator of stress. However, it will lead to damage if
possible precautions are not followed. All who supplement with
Superdrol must follow the following recommendations:
- No other C17-aa steroids should be used during Superdrol use.
- Excess alcohol consumption must be avoided. Heavy alcohol consumption is tremendously stressful to the liver on its own, and with Superdrol use this will lead to severe liver stress and greatly exasperate the probability of liver damage. Most are encouraged to avoid all alcohol consumption during use of this steroid. Keep in mind, the only reason to use this steroid is for performance purposes, and not only will the added alcohol damage your health there is no substance as anti-performance as alcohol.
- Over the counter medications should be avoided at all times when possible. Many over the counter medications are hepatotoxic, and in many cases, just as if not more than many anabolic steroids. Use should be limited to when only absolutely necessary.
- Total use should not exceed eight weeks and most will find a total time frame of six weeks to be best. No C17-aa steroids including Superdrol should be used for at least 6-8 weeks post Superdrol use, and a longer time frame of no use will be healthier.
- The use of a liver detoxification supplement is highly advised when using Superdrol.
Standard male Superdrol doses will fall in the 10-20mg per day range for 6-8 weeks. This will equate to 1-2 capsules per day taken with food. Those who enjoy a high level of toleration can consider 30mg per day their next go around with the steroid, but this is not advised for most. Doses of 30mg per day or more will greatly stress the liver and caution is strongly advised.
Superdrol stacks well with most all anabolic steroid. A simple stack of Superdrol and some form of testosterone is most common and will greatly benefit any bulking or cutting plan. During bulking phases, additional Nandrolone is a very common part of the stack, as is Trenbolone during a cutting phase. There is no reason any man could not enjoy success with such plans.
Superdrol is a decent anabolic steroid, but we would not call it superior or even “Super” as its marketing campaign once implied. What truly makes this steroid special was a group of men who recognized a hole in the steroid law and were able to capitalize on it, and in turn, make a nice profit. Due to the marketing and ease of purchase that existed for a long time, many athletes fell in love with this steroid, and it is a fine steroid, but there’s nothing magical or superior going on. Superdrol is a very basic anabolic steroid.
- Molecular Weight: 318
- Formula: C21H34O2
- Manufacturer: Syntex
- Effective Dose (Men): 1-2 Tablets/Day
- Effective Dose (Women): Not Recommended
- Half-Life: Approx. 8 Hours
- Detection Time: Unknown
- Anabolic/Androgenic Ratio: 400/20