Superdrol: A designer steroid
Superdrol, also known as methyldrostanolone or methasterone. Superdrol was first introduced to the supplement world back in the mid 90s.
Superdrol reappeared in the year 2005 as a designer prohormone. This introduction of superdrol into the market circumvented the U.S. Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990.
Chemical formula and side effects
Methasterone is also written as 2α, 17α- dimethyl- 5α- dihydrotestosterone or as 2α, 17α- dimethyl- 5α- androstan- 17β- 0l- 3- one. It is a seventeen alpha alkylated derivative of dihydrotestosterone and it is an androstane steroid. It doesn’t require any conversion, since it is already active.
Superdrol, like other 17a or methylated prohormones is toxic to the liver (hepatotoxic). It causes liver damage known as liver cholestasis (blocking of bile acids from the liver). Dimethylation causes this prohormone to be more toxic than other oral steroids. Hair loss and male pattern baldness is also noticed in males during cycle.
Other side effects can include jaundice, itchiness during urine and dark urine. All of this occurs because of methasterone’s dimethylation making it more resistant to breakdown. One could use a liver protecting supplement while using this superdrol
Syntex Corporation was conducting research so that they could discover a compound which would have anti-tumour properties. This was in the year 1956. In a research journal published in the year nineteen fifty nine, it is stated in detail upon how methasterone is synthesised and how it has properties which help in inhibiting tumours. It is said to be an anabolic agent that is potent, orally active and exhibits weak androgenic activity. In Vida’s Androgens and Anabolic Agents, it was stated that methasterone consisted the oral bioavailability of methyl testosterone, it is four hundred percent anabolic and twenty percent androgenic and its anabolic to androgenic ratio or Q- ratio is of twenty, which is pretty high.
How to use superdrol and what are its results?
The result of using superdrol is that a person’s strength will increase and he or she will gain weight within two to four weeks. One must expect intramuscular water retention because 11β- hydroxylase is inhibited and mineralocorticoids build up and influence retention of salt and water within the muscles. Vascularity improves, skin becomes oily and there are aggressive muscular pumps.
Methasterone can be used in combination with other steroids, but it should not be used with another steroid which is 17α methylated.