Generic name: Stanazolol
Brand names: Stromba, Winstrol, Stanozoland.
Stanozolol is a derivative of Dihydrotestosterone, although its activity is much milder than this androgen in nature. It is technically classified as an anabolic steroid, shown to exhibit a slightly greater tendency for muscle growth than androgenic activity in early studies. While Dihydrotestosterone really only provides androgenic side effects when administered, Stanozolol instead provides quality muscle growth. Admittedly the anabolic properties of this substance are still mild in comparison to many stronger compounds, but it is still a reliable builder. Its efficacy as an anabolic could even be comparable to Dianabol (methandrostenolone), however Stanozolol does not carry with it the same tendency for water retention. Stanozolol also contains the same c17 methylation we see with Dianabol (methandrostenolone), an alteration used so that oral administration is possible. To spite this design however, there are many injectable versions of this steroid produced.
Structurally Stanozolol is not capable of converting into estrogen. Likewise an anti estrogen is not necessary when using this steroid, gynecomastia not being a concern even among sensitive individuals. Since estrogen is also the culprit with water retention, instead of bulk Stanozolol produces a lean, quality look to the physique with no fear of excess subcutaneous fluid retention. This makes it a favorable steroid to use during cutting cycles, when water and fat retention are a major concern. It is also very popular among athletes in combination strength/speed sports such as Track and Field. In such disciplines one usually does not want to carry around excess water weight, and may therefore find the raw muscle-growth brought about by Stanozolol quite favorable over the lower quality mass gains of more estrogenic agents.
As mentioned Stanozolol is prepared in two distinct forms, as an oral tablet and an injectable solution. Although they are chemically identical, the injectable usually allows the user to take much higher dose of the steroid. This is of course because the injectables are much more cost effective, and therefore usually the preferred form of administration.
For men the usual dosage of Stanozolol is 15-25 mg per day for the tablets and 25-50 mg per day with the injectable (differences based solely on price and quantity). It is often combined with other steroids depending on the desired result. For bulking purposes, a stronger androgen like testosterone, Dianabol (methandrostenolone) or oxymetolone is usually added. Here Stanozolol will balance out the cycle a bit, giving us good anabolic effect with lower overall estrogenic activity than if taking such steroids alone. The result should be a considerable gain in new muscle mass, with a more comfortable level of water and fat retention. For contest and dieting phases we could alternately combine Stanozolol with a non-aromatizing androgen such as Trenbolone. Such combination should help bring about the strongly defined, hard look of muscularity so sought after among bodybuilders. Older, more sensitive individuals can otherwise addition compounds like Primobolan, Deca-Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate) or Maxigan when wishing to stack this steroid. Here we should see good results and fewer side effects than is to be expected with standard androgen therapies.
Women will take somewhere in the range of 5-10 mg daily, or two and a half to five 2 mg tablets. Although female athletes usually find Stanozolol very tolerable, the injectable is usually off limits. They risk androgenic buildup, as a regular 50 mg injection will provide much too high a dosage. Here the tablets are the general preference. It is obviously much easier to divide up pills than it is to break up a 1 cc ampule into multiple injections. Those who absolutely must experiment with the injectable would be most comfortable dividing each 50 mg ampule into at least two separate injections. At this point the dosage will adjusted by the number of days separating each shot. 25 mg every third or fourth day should be a comfortable amount for most. More ambitious (and risk taking) females would take 25 mg every second day, although this is not recommended. Although this compound is only moderately androgenic, the risk of virilization symptoms should remain a concern.