Methanabol, also known as methandienone or methandrostenolone and sold under the brand name Dianabol among others, is an androgen and anabolic steroid medication which is still quite often used because of its affordability and effectiveness for bulking cycles.


Methanabol (methandrostenolone) is one of the oldest and most well know steroids. It is extremely effective for putting on mass quickly. It is up there with Anadrol as the most effective mass builder ever. It is a C17-alpha alkylated steroids so there is issue regarding liver toxicity. This of course is dose dependent. This steroid will aromatize to a certain degree but less so than testosterone. This steroid is also highly androgenic and will likely cause virilization in women at relatively low dosages.

The adverse side effect of this drugs has to do with aromatization and liver toxicity. In higher dosages it will aromatise and cause estrogenic side effect, gyno, water retention, high blood pressure, etc. As well, as an oral C17-alpha alkylated steroid it will be toxic to the liver. Another thing to consider is that it tends to loose it’s effectiveness relatively quickly. Most will use it at the start of a cycle for 4-6 weeks in order to put on mass quickly. After that it tends to not be all that effective.

Side Effects

For women there is the substantial worry of virilization. This drug is substantially androgenic and generally will cause aromatization in women at almost any dose.

One thing to consider with Dianabol is that it has one of the shortest half-life of any steroid. Due to this it is best to take this drug more often, 2 or even 3 times/day.

Stacking Methanabol with Injectable Steroids

The effect of most injectable anabolic steroids is greatly enhanced by addition of Dianabol. The improvement is greater than from simply increasing the amount of injectable by the same amount. A classic and dramatic example is trenbolone. Though the total amount of steroid used is the same in all three cases, 50 mg/day each of trenbolone acetate stacked with 50 mg/day Dianabol provides a far more effective steroid cycle than either 100 mg/day of trenbolone acetate alone or 100 mg/day Dbol alone. The side effect profile is superior as well. In other words, the compounds act synergistically: the whole is greater than the parts. This is likely due to differing mechanisms of action


Active half-life: 4-6 hours

Recommended dosage:

Men: 20-80mg/day divided dosage

Women: not recommended


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