It is a C17-alpha alkylated compound (as are most oral steroids on the market); this alteration protects the drug from deactivation by the liver, allowing a very high percentage of the drug entry into circulation after ingestion. This characteristic makes it particularly suitable for oral administration.
In medical use, Turinabol is used primarily to treat diseases of deficiency states such as Turner syndrome and constitutional delay of growth and puberty. As with many C17-aa drugs, exogenous testosterone may be indicated to normalize timing of puberty if early closure of epiphyses has occurred.
Turinabol itself will cause premature closure of the epiphyses as it suppresses gonadotropin release from the pituitary which, in turn, prevents a timely rise and subsequent progression in serum concentrations of testosterone into adulthood. This lack of testosterone will cause growth plates to close prematurely.
Turinabol is also used by some athletes for its muscle-building properties. It is notable that it has a low androgenic rating (30%) but a very high anabolic rating (150%). These figures are hard to reconcile with reports on runners experiencing dramatic losses of hair following the use of Turinabol only during training cycles under 10 weeks duration.
When ingested orally, Turinabol is rapidly absorbed from the gut. By contrast, when injected it has a very long activity time in the body as its alkylated structure slows down clearance by hepatic metabolism.
Since little is known about the properties of this compound, no recommended ancillaries are given. The product literature warns against using it with aromatizing compounds or 17-alpha-alkylated steroids for risk of hepatotoxicity, but adds that "it can be combined with other oral preparations."
Turinabol was used extensively by athletes from East Germany during preparation for the Olympics held in Mexico City in 1968 where they won 24 Olympic medals (13 gold). Doping was state sponsored and required for participation.
Turinabol is an orally active synthetic analogue of methandrostenolone (Dianabol) that is considered by many to be the most effective steroid for increasing raw power and speed. It has an effective range of 2-6 mg/kg bodyweight, or roughly 35-70 mg per day if the athlete weighs between 80-110 pounds.
It’s also one of the least hepatoxic anabolic steroids on earth, with little evidence showing it can cause liver damage at any level.
Turinabol was created in 1961 by Rotexmedica GmbH under Jenapharm brand name.
It was fairly popular among Eastern Bloc nations but never achieved widespread popularity elsewhere since its users were unable to compete in international competitions because of doping scandal at 1968 Olympic Games where East Germany’s athletes had been using it.
In any case, the drug was rarely used in Western countries since Germany lacked a state sponsored doping program and because its results were noticeably inferior to Dianabol or Anavar/Winstrol when they were available overseas.
It is not widely used today due to its limited availability and inability to produce dramatic gains in mass and strength, but some power lifters and weightlifters still find it useful for increasing their bench press. It also has a reputation of making users harder and more vascular even at low doses.
This effect may be related to anabolic activity of Turinabol; it is certainly stronger than most other steroids on the market, particularly when we consider how little this compound converts into estrogen (around 20%).
Bodybuilders also appreciate its anabolic nature since it will not get in the way of their post cycle therapy by boosting testosterone production too much or causing bloating.
In this regard, it is an excellent steroid to stack with a weak androgen like Halotestin for increased mass without significant side effects. It can also be stacked with other steroids for size gains, but should only be used during a bulking cycle since it does not provide good cutting properties at low doses.
Turinabol is an orally active analogue of methandrostenolone that lacks many of the negative characteristics associated with this extremely popular steroid. This drug has strong binding affinity to plasma proteins and exhibits milder degree of hepatotoxicity than Dianabol.
Despite its milder hepatoxicity, it can still suppress endogenous Testosterone production by as much as 50% of normal levels after only two weeks of use. Turinabol also has a very low tendency to convert to estrogen, resulting in few if any water retention related side effects even at high doses.
In terms of mass and strength gains, this drug is considered inferior or comparable to Dianabol since it exhibits strong anabolic properties without corresponding androgenic side effectseven though the latter might seem stronger due to more pronounced water retention caused by metabolites of Turinabol rather than methandrostenolone itself.
Turinabol is not extensively used among athletes today because the injectable version of this compound that was sold under brand name Organon Turinabol has been discontinued in recent years. In any case, the injectable version is much weaker than its oral counterpart and therefore makes a poor choice for an athlete seeking serious gains in strength or speed.
For bodybuilders, Turinabol is best used when stacking with other steroids that have low aromatase activity since it can help keep estrogen levels in check while reducing water retention. Since this drug only converts at a rate of 5%, users do not need to take excessive amounts to achieve dramatic results.
Cyclosomex or Hubei Anabolic Compound are good choices for stacking with this steroid due to their mild nature; although side effects will still be noticed even at low doses, many anecdotally report the methylated compounds used in these products do not get in the way of using Turinabol.
As noted above, this drug really shines during post cycle therapy due to its very low tendency to convert to estrogens or DHT. As stated previously, many bodybuilders find it best used in conjunction with other steroids that have aromatase activity so users can avoid some estrogen related side effects while still getting some gains from both compounds.
For athletes seeking significant mass and strength gains without the accompanying water retention, this is an excellent steroid for stacking with Halotestin or Primobolan Depot for use on a bulking cycle immediately following PCT.
Since Turinabol does not contribute much to size or weight gain by itself, it should be stacked with an injectable testosterone during PCT to help keep the gains made on cycle after the testosterone's effects have subsided.
Turinabol is not a steroid that can be used for extended periods of time due to its strong hepatotoxic nature. It should only be administered at these lower doses for less than 4-6 weeks since prolonged use will result in significant liver damage even with using 17-alpha alkylated compound like this one.
The injectable version was administered twice per day, so oral dosing will also need to be split into two equal doses over a 12 hour period which is very inconvenient, but necessary for avoiding liver toxicity.
When used responsibly and carefully, Turinabol can provide good results without too many side effects; however it cannot be used for extended periods and should always be stacked with other compounds that aid in liver protection.
Turinabol is well known as a compound that can have significant anabolic effects without corresponding androgenic side effects even at very high doses.
This makes it a good choice for those seeking to build muscle size, density, and strength without too many problems with off-season water retention or potential hair loss from DHT related conversions. In addition, Turinabol's metabolites have been reported to have weak binding affinity for the AR making it resistant to the actions of other steroids that rely on this receptor quite heavily such as Trenbolone, Winstrol, Masteron, etc.
Although a powerful steroid on its own right, it is best used in combination with other steroids for the synergistic effects that will provide significant gains in muscle mass and strength.
Turinabol can be used during cutting phases without too much fear of excess water retention since due to its low glucocorticoid receptor binding affinity, it does not cause a relative increase of circulating cortisol like many other related compounds would do.
This provides athletes using this drug while dieting some benefits over many of the stronger anabolics that are more commonly associated with bodybuilders; however, doses should still be kept within reason so as to avoid additional endogenous hormone suppression which could come about when using this compound even in low dosages.
As always, when administering any oral steroid it is wise to stack with a suitable AI such as Cytadren or Arimidex; this should help protect against estrogenic effects that can occur as a result of the aromatization of androgens such as Turinabol.
If sensitive to such drugs, ancillary drugs like proviron and Clomid should also be considered during post cycle therapy (PCT) to help keep endogenous testosterone production stimulated.
Some people claim it enhances endurance, but this is probably just the effect of increased stamina from enhanced ATP regeneration since weight trainers are already so accustomed to muscular fatigue at the end of their sets.
Turinabol even at only 50 mg/day was able to elicit significant strength increases in powerlifters mainly because it is not too toxic for these athletes due to its low hepatotoxicity. Anecdotally, many owners of commercial gyms where bodybuilders train swear this compound is even better for eliciting significant strength gains without the added bulk.
Turinabol remains a popular "Oral" choice for competitive athletes and those who wish to avoid harsh hepatotoxic drugs such as 17-aa's or Winstrol due to its low liver toxicity and high bioavailability via the oral route.
At reasonable dosages on a c-17 alpha alkylated cycle it is a very mild drug on the body which makes it a good option for new steroid users looking to try their first bulking cycle or stack with other more toxic steroids.
It also provides an excellent stacked option for those who have been using stronger compounds for a long time and are looking to "lay off" the harsher drugs for a cycle or two in order to allow their bodies to recover from side [related] effects.
As with many C17-aa steroids, Turinabol carries an anabolic/androgenic ratio of 3:1 which is quite favorable when we consider that testosterone has a ratio of 1:1 and Dianabol carries almost no androgenic activity with its 9:1 ratio.
As such, this makes it a good choice for athletes who suffer from acne and hair loss in response to stronger androgens like testosterone and Dianabol.
Turinabol is one of our most popular steroids; this is probably because it can be administered orally unlike the more commonly known injectables (except Primobolan).
The effects of Tbol are also very similar to that of Dianabol; however, it is not as harsh on the HPTA and has less estrogenic activity. This makes Turinabol one of the best oral steroids available for athletes looking to cut with minimal water retention or bulking up with minimal risk of side effects.
Turinabol is supplied in tablet form usually containing 50mg per tablet. Each tablet contains 10 milligrams of chlormethandienone which converts to about 5 milligrams of methandrostenolone. It can be used by both men and women at a dosage of 25-50 mg/day for 6-8 weeks maximum.
Turinabol is an oral steroid with low toxicity so there are no problems when it comes to liver function. However, in some men Turinabol can cause side effects like gynecomastia and water retention which in effect can decrease the overall gains made in muscle mass.
Turinabol has a half-life of between 6-8 hours so the best time to take this drug is either in the morning with food or early afternoon.
Most athletes find that taking Turinabol 50mg each day for 10 days then dropping down to every other day after that works well with minimal estrogenic related side effects (gains wise).
Some athletes will actually start using this drug at full dosage right off the bat but growth rates will be much slower than if they were to start of at 50mg/day and gradually work up to full dosage.