D-Anabol 25 Side Effects

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D-Anabol 25 Side Effects
Steroids such as D-Anabol 25 are often abused by bodybuilders to promote muscle growth. (bodybuilder 8 image by Paul Moore from Fotolia.com)

D-Anabol 25 is a potent steroid drug that is illegal to purchase or possess in the United States without a doctor's prescription. Despite this fact, D-Anabol 25 is still used by many athletes--including bodybuilders--as a quick way to bulk up with muscle mass. There are a host of side effects D-Anabol 25 can produce, many of which are dangerous to physical and mental health.

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Identification

The name D-Anabol 25 refers to the synthetic chemical metandesenolone, according to Steroid.com. Known for its ability to promote gains in muscle mass, metandesenolone belongs to a class of drugs called anabolic-androgenic steroids. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that while steroids like metandesenolone are sometimes prescribed for legitimate medical reasons--such as helping counter muscle loss from cancer and AIDS--they are commonly abused, leading to harmful side effects for the user.

Function

As a synthetic male sex hormone, metandesenolone acts to produce large amounts of testosterone (as well as oestrogen) when used by a man or woman. Increased testosterone results in enhanced muscle protein synthesis, or the ability of the body's muscles to process protein into new muscle. The main desirable side effect of D-Anabol 25 for those who abuse it is this muscle gain, which when combined with even light workouts can produce dramatic results. Abusers of D-Anabol refer to this illicit use of the steroid as a "bulking cycle," or "stacking" when the use is concurrent with other steroids.

Effects

The term "anabolic-androgenic" refers to two facets of steroid effects, reports NIDA. Anabolic effects are those which affect muscle growth, while androgenic effects consist of male sex characteristics. Androgenic side effects of D-Anabol 25 include aggressive behaviour, testicular shrinkage in men, breast growth, growth of facial hair in women and deepening of the voice, reports the National Institutes of Health's MedlinePlus.

Warning

D-Anabol 25 is available in tablet form, unlike many injection-only anabolic-androgenic steroids such as testosterone enanthate. This poses an especially dangerous side effect, since oral metandesenolone must pass through the liver after it is consumed, and the chemical--especially if used regularly--can cause permanent liver damage. Metandesenolone, like other steroids, also raises blood pressure and can cause severe strain on the heart, even heart attack, states MedlinePlus.

Potential

Psychological addiction is another potential side effect of D-Anabol 25. According to NIDA, steroid use can produce feelings of invincibility and intense mood lifts, which chronic abusers of metandesenolone may crave after the steroid has worn off. Also, drug-seeking behaviour often results from abuse of D-Anabol 25, since in order to keep the muscle gained while on the steroid, a user must obtain more. This can be an especially harmful side effect, since metandesenolone may be procured via illicit websites or on the streets, potentially resulting in adulterated or mislabelled forms of the steroid.

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