The side effects of Anadrol can cover a wide breadth of possibilities. This is not what we’d label a side effect friendly anabolic steroid. While most healthy adult men can supplement safely, it’s not uncommon for the side effects of Anadrol to manifest in one way or another even with responsible supplementation. This anabolic steroid carries with it nearly every possible adverse reaction associated with steroid use, and if you’re going to use it you need to know what you’re doing. Responsible supplementation is imperative, and part of responsible supplementation is recognizing the potential problems. Let’s take a look at the possible side effects of Anadrol, discover what they are and what we can do about them should they occur.
Anadrol or more specifically Oxymetholone, is a dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived anabolic androgenic steroid. As a DHT compound it does not aromatize, there is no testosterone to estrogen conversion. However, unlike most non-aromatizing steroids it is highly estrogenic meaning the side effects of Anadrol can include gynecomastia and water retention. In fact, gynecomastia and water retention can be a big problem for a lot of men when using this steroid.
In order to avoid the estrogenic side effects of Anadrol, many will turn to Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) such as Arimidex (Anastrozole) or Femara (Letrozole). However, as this steroid does not aromatize there is no aromatization to inhibit. AI’s may not affect the estrogenic activity of Oxymetholone. However, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM’s) like Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate) may offer stronger protection due to their active relationship with the estrogen receptors. At the same time, AI’s may also reduce serum estrogen levels, but again they may not. It may take the individual trying both types anti-estrogens in order to find what works for them.
As with many DHT compounds, the side effects of Anadrol can include those of an androgenic nature. The androgenic side effects of Anadrol, while possible, are highly dependent on genetics and may include hair loss, acne and body hair growth.
In order for hair loss to occur, the individual will need to be genetically predisposed to male pattern baldness. Such an individual is going to lose his hair at some point with or without Anadrol use, but use of this steroid may speed it up. Acne is similar in that only those who are genetically sensitive to acne will have a problem. If you are not genetically sensitive severe breakouts are unlikely. If you are sensitive, keeping the skin clean and dry at all times can offer protection. This means showering any time you become sweaty. If showering isn’t possible, the individual should change into a clean, dry shirt and shower as soon as he can. However, depending on the sensitivity of the individual some will find acne occurs heavily no matter what they do.
It is important to note, the androgenic side effects of Anadrol cannot be combated by the use of a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor. The Oxymetholone hormone is not metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme and related inhibitors will not reduce the steroid’s androgenicity.
The cardiovascular side effects of Anadrol can include high blood pressure and cholesterol issues. High blood pressure is most commonly caused by high levels of water retention. If water retention is controlled, most men will not have a problem baring any underlying issue. However, this isn’t always enough, and you will need to keep a close eye on your blood pressure. A blood pressure friendly lifestyle is imperative, which includes a healthy diet, regular exercise and avoiding activity that promotes high blood pressure such as smoking. If you already have high blood pressure you should not supplement with Anadrol.
The side effects of Anadrol surrounding cholesterol can be severe. This anabolic steroid can significantly increase LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) as well as dramatically suppress HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). If you have high cholesterol you should not touch this anabolic steroid. If you are healthy enough for use a healthy lifestyle should be maintained in order to facilitate the continuation of healthy cholesterol. A healthy lifestyle will include regular cardiovascular activity. Some type of cardiovascular activity on a daily basis is advised. The individual should also ensure his diet is cholesterol friendly. A cholesterol friendly diet will be limited in simple sugars and saturated fats. It will also include large amounts of omega fatty acids. Daily fish oil supplementation is advised, as is the use of a cholesterol antioxidant supplement.
The side effects of Anadrol will include natural testosterone suppression in all men who supplement with this anabolic steroid regardless of genetics. For this reason the use of exogenous testosterone is imperative if a low testosterone condition is to be avoided. By supplementing with exogenous testosterone, you will ensure your body has access to this essential hormone necessary for proper bodily function. The form of testosterone you choose is inconsequential. All that matters is you provide your body with this primary androgen.
Once the use of Anadrol has come to an end and all exogenous hormones have left the body, natural testosterone production will begin again. Most men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) program in order to facilitate a more efficient recovery. This recovery is, however, assuming no prior low testosterone condition existed and that the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) was not damaged due to improper steroidal supplementation practices.
The side effects of Anadrol can include liver damage as this steroid is highly hepatotoxic. The use of this steroid will increase liver enzyme values; you should not supplement if your liver isn’t healthy. While liver enzyme values will increase, this does not mean damage has occurred, but it is an indicator of stress that could lead to damage. If liver damage is to be avoided excess alcohol consumption must be avoided. Avoiding all alcohol isn’t a bad idea. The individual should also avoid all over the counter (OTC) medications when possible. Many OTC meds are hepatotoxic, in some cases, more so than many anabolic steroids. OTC meds should be limited to when only absolutely necessary. The individual should also ensure he does not supplement with any other hepatotoxic anabolic steroids, specifically C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) steroids when supplementing with Anadrol. There should also be at minimum six weeks of no C17-aa steroid use after Anadrol use and total use should be limited to 4-6 weeks. If the individual can follow these rules, while enzyme values will increase with use, they should return to normal after use is discontinued and no damage will be done.