Sometimes, a drug or medicine invented for one purpose is found to have other beneficial properties and they might become famous for their secondary characteristics. One such a drug is called Stanozolol. This is a synthetic androgenic anabolic steroid that goes by the commercial name of Winstrol. This is a C17-alpha derivate of Dihydrotestosterone hormone. As a steroid medicine, it was invented for people who are suffering from anemia and angioedema of the hereditary kind. In animals, it is used to increase red blood cell production, bone density and improve the ability of weakened animals so as to eat more.
The Secondary Benefits
The drug became famous for not its primary use but rather on the secondary properties. The drug has the ability to metabolize the fat or adipose tissues in the body without affecting the lean muscle mass. This has the effect of reducing the weight without affecting the shape, size or physique. The medicine is used by bodybuilders in their cutting phase. In the proceeding stage of bulking, they develop the muscles by either taking some steroids which may have accumulated in the cells or muscles. This drug can reduce the water retention of the cells. Like other steroids, this can also give a boost to the strength, alertness and speed. These additional Stanozolol uses have a great following among the bodybuilder and other sports people. However, one has to clearly understand that using this drug for competitive sports is not allowed and may leave one in legal trouble if found out. It is a banned drug under the IAAF, the international sports body. It may be used in horse racing, however, the legal status is not very clear.
Pharmacology and Side Effects
First the good news about side effects. Since the drug is orally active and non-aromatizable because of its 17-alpha formation, it does not produce the estrogenic effects produce by other androgenic steroids. Because after metabolism, it already exists in the 5-alpha reductase medium, it doesn’t potentiate in the androgenic tissues like skin, prostate gland or hair follicles. It has more anabolic qualities than androgenic. However, since it passes through Liver without much disintegration, it is hepatotoxic and is harmful to the liver if overdosed or abused. There are other side effects like mood changes, headache, nausea and constipation or diarrhea which can manifest after prolonged use.
Steroids are like double edged swords, they can help a particular individual or it can affect the individual in a different way. Hence care should be taken when using this drug. If one believes that taking this drug alone will produce dramatic results, they can be far from the truth. Many experienced bodybuilders stack this drug with other drugs so as to improve efficiency and cycle the drug. Meaning, they take the drug for a period of time and stop taking the medicine so that its effects wear off. The magic of additional Stanozolol uses can be increased manifold by complimenting it with a proper exercise and strict diet regime. One has to consult a physician and get to know all the effects of the drug before using it.