Winstrol (Stanozolol)

Every year millions of men the world over look for ways to improve their physical strength and physique. Turning to exercise routines, many have found supplements to be an excellent way to improve their muscle growth, retention, and speed of recovery. With countless products available online, knowing what is right for you and where you can find a provider is critical if you want to see the gains you have always wanted.

A possible thing you may want to look at is anabolic steroids. In a class all their own, anabolic steroids have existed for decades, often more surrounded by uncertainty and doubt than actual scientific fact. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to break through the misinformation and provide a detailed profile of one exciting anabolic steroid in particular, Winstrol. What is Winstrol, what is its history of use, how does it work, what are the right dosages, and what side effects can you expect? All of this information is provided below.

A Brief Look At Winstrol

Winstrol is the popular name of the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Winstrol is nearly unique in anabolic steroids in that it is considered safe for consumption by the FDA. This means that it can be legally sold and that finding it will be much easier than other anabolic steroids. What makes it safe? Well, one thing that makes it safe and also speaks to its popularity is that it can survive the digestive tract as well as the liver, remaining intact long enough to be used by the body. Hence it’s popularity as an oral steroid tablet (as opposed to injection.)


Like many other anabolic steroids, Winstrol provides numerous benefits to those looking to improve their physical strength. It falls squarely into the category of steroids used in cutting cycles. Cutting cycles typically do not include massive muscle growth in terms of size, and instead focuses on defining. Cycling these cutting periods, individuals can build a stronger and more fully rounded physique while also providing the body (and in particular the liver and the kidneys) an opportunity to recuperate.

The cutting cycle itself can be incredibly beneficial. At the same time, there can be issues that develop from its abuse, especially when anabolic steroids are used in competitions. While actively using the drug during the competition or performance that is being measured is not that common, many more people will use anabolic steroids during the off-season. As a result, some athletes have their cutting cycle correspond with the off-season, providing an opportunity to use certain illegal anabolic steroids without risk of being caught.

Winstrol has been used for animals as well as humans. The recorded effects include strengthening bones, increasing red blood cell count, improving hunger, and even dope horses illegally for competition purposes.

History And Overview Of Winstrol

Back in 1959,what would become Winstrol was first invented. Later released in 1962 as Winthrop Laboratories, Winstrol soon found its ways to American markets. It was tested and found successful in treating a wide range of conditions. Winstrol can be used to treat things like anemia as well as angioedema. In addition, it has been used to help children who have stunted growth as well as those who supper from osteoporosis. By far however, the most popular use of Winstrol is for sports. By the 1970’s, the FDA was cracking down on anabolic steroids and began limiting what Winstrol could be used for to be only for treating osteoporosis and promoting growth. In the 1980’s, the drug was no longer produced for American markets, instead finding a market in oversees markets where it lasted for decades. In markets outside the US, it has been frequently used as a way to treat anemia due to how it improves red blood cell count in the body.

Oral Winstrol (Zambon)
Oral Winstrol (Zambon)

Eventually, the creation and manufacturing of Winstrol was stooped. Completely off the market, it wasn’t long before Ovation Pharmaceuticals purchased the rights and then began producing Winstrol again. Ensuring that the product was pharmaceutical grade, they briefly provided the drug throughout the US, helping to set standards of production that are followed by other pharmaceutical companies around the world. While Ovation Pharmaceuticals would eventually go under, the production of Winstrol had been restarted with a higher product quality.

Over time, Winstrol has come up against some opposition to its use in competitive sports. For example, it is considered a performance-enhancing drug by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and as a result is against the rules and can lead to the player being disqualified. Physicians will generally not recommend it for human consumption now, though it is still sometimes used on animals. As long as it continues providing results however, it will be a long time before Winstrol falls out of popularity again.

How Does Winstrol Work?

As stated before, Winstrol is rare among anabolic steroids in that it manages to be resistant to the digestive tract, including being broken down by the liver. Be aware that the injectable steroid has the same internal structure as the oral steroid. Winstrol is popular in part because it binds with androgen receptors to then act on the body. Having a high affinity for binding to the sex hormone Binding Globulin (known as SHBG), you can have a pretty high level of Winstrol in your system improving the effects and synergy with other drugs.

The ability for Winstrol to produce protein is one reason why it is as popular as it is. It makes it specially suited for building lean muscle mass. This means you get hard muscles that also lead to fat loss through the illusion of becoming more trim and generally chiseled. Unlike other anabolic steroids, Winstrol is incapable (thanks to its molecular design) of turning into estrogen. What this means is that there is far less risk (if any) of estrogenic side effects. Things like breast growth are unheard of.

Application & Dosages of Winstrol

Using Winstrol For Improving Your Physical Fitness

Winstrol exists in both oral and injectable forms. While oral form may seem easier, it is highly recommended that you do not take it orally. This is because it has the chance damaging your liver, especially with extended use. Both oral and injectable Winstrol will lead to hepatoxicity and negative changes in your cholesterol profile.

So, how much of Winstrol is safe to take? Well, that depends on how you take it. If you decide to take it orally (despite the potential risk to your liver) then expect it to last for around 9 hours at a time. If you decide to take Winstrol via an injection, then it can last for around 24 hours in your system. Intramuscular doses are 50-100mg. Some people end up doubling down on both at the same time to improve results. This means that they will take around 10 to 25mg of the drug orally every day. This will be coupled with an injection between 25 to 50mg as well. It is suggested that optimal results occur at 50mg intramuscular doses every day. However, this can be far higher than what is considered safe so proceed with caution.

What does this mean for women?

Well, like other anabolic steroids for cutting cycles, Winstrol can be used for women. Be aware that women are far more reactive to smaller doses of Winstrol, meaning that you will only need around 5 to 10 mgs of the drug a day.

Winstrol 50mg/ml Injectable Zambon
Winstrol 50mg/ml Injectable Zambon

How long should men or women take this drug?

That depends a lot on what your goals are. Typically, it is considered important for the sake of your health not to take the drug continuously. You will want some time away from the drug in order to give your body the time it needs to recover. This can be invaluable time for your liver to flush out toxins and return to a healthier state before you begin again. Consider a 10-week cycle of the drug. For the last two weeks, gradually reduce the dosage to help get your body off of it before stopping completely. This will help to reduce issues regarding side effects.

Many people will take Winstrol with other steroids to improve personal gains in strength and endurance during a cutting cycle. Popular drugs to stack with Winstrol include either Masteron or testosterone. For people just starting out, consider keeping Winstrol dosages to around 100mg a week. Combined with other steroids, you can see pretty incredible gains in lean mass.

Using For Other Purposes

As we discussed above, Winstrol can be used for a range of situations, which will require different dosages. For example, Winstrol used for treating things like edema will require around 2mg taken 3 times a day. Whether you are using it for edema or other medical purposes, be sure to carefully track the dosage and watch accordingly. If there are adverse side effects, then consider stopping long enough to re-evaluate. As always, see a doctor if you have any questions, problems, or concerns.

Side Effects Of Winstrol

In general, anabolic steroids have a number of adverse side effects that you have to be aware of prior to using them. It is critically important that you keep to the dosage recommended on the bottle and by your physician. Doing so will help to dramatically reduce the chance of experiencing one of the following side effects.

1. Women Specific Changes

Women may experience issues with their menstrual cycles changing. In addition, hoarse and at times deeper voice may occur, as well as facial hair growth.

2. Common Mild Side Effects

While anabolic steroids can cause many serious side effects, they can also cause minor side effects that should be addressed. Some of these problems include things like nausea and committing. In addition, some people experience ankle swelling, dryness throughout the body, and even skin color changes. Allergic reactions, hives, alterations in sex drive or preferences, and worsening appearance of acne are all things to look out for. Reduce dosage if these more common mild side effects do not stop on their own.

3. Cardiovascular Issues

You may experience problems with your cardiovascular system. For example, some people have reported Winstrol causing fluid retention. Excess fluid retention can cause things like heart failure.

4. Jaundice/Cholestasis Hepatitis

Taking too much Winstrol or having a weakened immune system can lead to the formation of jaundice or even cholestasis hepatitis. Higher prolonged doses can make these things even worse, increasing the risk of cancer and tumors. Be aware that the tumors will not decrease after you stop taking Winstrol.


5. Urinary Tract and Penile Issues

Abusing Winstrol has led to some people developing issues with their urinary tract, their penis, or both. High levels can reduce sperm counts and dramatically reduce ejaculate volume. This is because Winstrol affects the natural production of testosterone in the body while you are taking it. Other issues associated with the reduction in natural testosterone production can include feeling depressed, anxious, and having a lack of energy throughout the day.

6. Testosterone Suppression

Winstrol (Stanozolol) can inhibit the bodies own ability to produce testosterone. Endogenous testosterone will be suppressed with Winstrol usage  when used alone, but will not case total cessation of natural hormones. Instead, ganadotropins will be inhibited whilst LH and FSH levels are affected. Winstrol is often used in conjunction with other anabolic steroids such as, Testosterone Propionate. When combined with a suppressive androgen like Testosterone Prop, hormones will be totally shutdown and be at hypogonadal levels.

kidney-steroids-side-effects7. Renal Complications

Edema can result from taking too much Winstrol or taking it for too long. With Edema comes retention of calcium along with other chemicals. Having excess amounts of things like water, sodium, nitrogen, and potassium can cause a range of problems that last long after you stop taking Winstrol.

8. Liver Issues

We’ve talked about the effects Winstrol can have on the liver, and it bears mentioning one last time in the side effects category. Simply put, taking Winstrol incorrectly can result in permanently damaging the functionality of your liver. Pairing Winstrol with alcohol and heavy drinking can make it even worse, leading to things like liver failure.

As always, be sure you seek out expert and professional medical advice prior to beginning a new steroid. While drugs like Winstrol can provide a whole host of benefits, they are best taken when under the watchful eye of a trained doctor.

9. Negative Cholesterol Effects

Winstrol, taken orally or via injection is one of the worst offering anabolic steroids in terms of adverse effects on your cholesterol profile. Stanozolol can increase LDL (bad) and lower HDL (good) cholesterol markers, whilst increasing triglycerides and total cholesterol amounts. This is why Winstrol usage is limited to 4-6 weeks only, whilst combining the compound with nutritional support supplements. These include, citrus bergamot, omega 3,6,9, CQ10, circumin and limiting alcohol intake.

Winstrol Administration and Usage

Winstrol was firs developed medically for the treatment of various weight loss diseases. Typically, Winstrol dosages are around 5-10mg per day for the orally a active version, whilst injectable Winstrol was used at 50mg once per week. These dosages are very low to the doses used for performance enhancement and by bodybuilders today.

Used as a lean mass steroid, or during cutting phases, Winstol is often used at 50-100mg every other day or every day. Larges doses will cause more pronounced side effects. More advanced bodybuilders can use up to 200mg per day, but this is not suggested due to the negative impact on cholesterol levels and liver function. Oral Winstrol is slightly less effective than injectable Winstrol, with a 17% difference in nitrogen when both variants have been compared in medical studies.

Winstrol is a popular female friendly anabolic steroid. Women tend to start on 5mg every day and can use upwards of 10mg per day, but again, this isn’t advised due to the common occurrence of more side effects. Virilization can onset quickly because of the androgenic nature of Winstrol. If this occurs, seek a physicians guidance and/or stop usage immediately.

Winstrol Chemical Information:

Winstrol (Stanozolol)

Chemical Name: 17?-Hydroxy-17-methyl-5alpha-androstano[3,2-c]pyrazole

Molecular Weight: 328.49 g/mol

Formula: C21H32N2O

Original Manufacturer: Winthrop Laboratories

Half Life: 9 hours (oral), 24 hours (injectable)

Detection Time: 2 months

Effective Dose in Males: 50-100mg per day

Effective Dose in Females: 50mg per week

Anabolic Rating: 320

Androgenic Rating: 30

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