Anadrol is a very widely used drug among athletes and body builders. It a very powerful anabolic steroid and relatively inexpensive. The drug is easy to get hold off on the black market. Most of the body builders get their supplies either online or from forged prescriptions. The steroid is also widely smuggled in from Mexico and Thailand.
When Anadrol is taken orally, it gradually starts to increase weight gain. The results are typically seen after 3-4 weeks. While there are claims in cyberspace that weight gain can occur in 1-2 weeks, these are completely false. The drug acts slowly. To maintain the weight gain most athletes have to take it for at least 3-6 weeks. Many athletes also recycle the drug with growth hormone and thyroxin. One major side effect of Anadrol is that it also causes water retention. However, most athletes claim that this excess water helps cushion the joints against injury.
The other feature about Anadrol which has been widely reported is that it does help the body recover much faster after an injury.
Because of it potent side effects and the potential for causing cancer in the liver, its usage should be limited. Many body builders recycle the drug every few months to maintain the bulk. The Anadrol is substituted with other anabolic steroids.
Recent reports indicate that Anadrol can also have unpredictable effects on the brain. The drug has been known to affect the psyche after prolonged use. Many reports of spontaneous anger, irritability and violence have been reported in individuals who take this drug for prolonged periods.
The dose for body building is empirical. Most experts in body building recommend starting off at 50 mg daily for 2-3 weeks and then gradually increasing it to 75 mg if no response is seen. However, it is highly recommended that the drug not be taken for more than 6-8 weeks at a time. There are various brand names of Anadrol on the market such as Thai 50 or Strol V. Reports of fake and contaminated products are also common.