TURINABOL - PROFILE

Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone is an oral steroid that was developed in 1962 by Jenapharm under the trade name Turinabol. Its production was discontinued in 1994 after the revelations of the biggest doping scandal in the history of the sport, a doping program that East Germany implemented among its athletes between 1974 and 1989 to circumvent anti-doping tests. Thousands of athletes took steroids, many without knowing what they were taking, and among these steroids was Turinabol, still undetectable in the doping of the time. Today this drug is only available on the black market, but it is not so easy to find around here and it is also little used among bodybuilders.

This drug is popularly known as a Dianabol without retention, due to its structural similarity, but in fact they are quite different drugs and it is fairer to compare t-bol with oxandrolone and stanozolol in terms of effects. It is an alpha-alkylated steroid 17, so it is hepatotoxic, but less than most steroids in that class. Its difference in relation to the molecular structure of Dianabol is the addition of chlorine to carbon 4, and this change reduces the androgenic effects (acne, hair loss) and also prevents this steroid from undergoing aromatization, therefore without risk of gynecomastia. It also does not suffer from the action of the 5 alpha-reductase enzyme, so it does not convert to DHT. This modification in the molecule also makes it a less aggressive steroid in side effects than Dianabol, but also less anabolic. It is a versatile drug, it can be used in bulking (OFF season) or in cutting (pre-contest), since it does not increase water retention and has a reasonable anabolic effect, maintaining muscle quality.

As it did not increase the weight so much, it was a good choice among athletes from different sports (athletics, swimming, weightlifting). Effective doses vary between ~ 40-60 mg per day, but there are reports of doses between 100-150 mg per day among East German athletes. With a half-life of ~ 16h it can be well used by dividing the dose twice a day. For women, the safest doses, with less risk of virilization, are in the range of 15-20 mg daily.

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