Decabol is just one of many "nicknames" given to the pharmaceutical grade anabolic androgenic steroid nandrolone decanoate more commonly known as simply "Deca".
It was originally manufactured by British Dragon, an underground lab located in Thailand.
British Dragon continues to manufacture synthetic anabolic androgenic swords intended for sale without a prescription to bodybuilders and athletes around the world.
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In the past, Decabol was one of the most popular synthetic and underground produced anabolic androgenic steroids.
This was because of its ability to provide development of male sex characteristics without the often-severe side effects associated with other anabolic androgenic steroids.
The compound had the reputation for its ability to:
For bodybuilders, that meant that it could be used in both bulking as well as cutting or dieting phases.
Decabol was a name given by British Dragon to its nandrolone decanoate formula (and slight variation) of nandrolone decanoate. Compare the two:
Decabol is marketed as nandrolone (generic) and its active ingredient is nandrolone decanoate.
The popular brand name produced by British Dragon was Decabol 250.
Decabol resists effects of five-alpha reductase (5? reductase), an enzyme that plays a role in the conversion of testosterone into estrogen.
Because of this “tweaking” of nandrolone decanoate, Decabol usage can potentially decrease some of its androgen-related potency.
The androgenic potential of Decabol nevertheless minimized aromatization or conversion of testosterone and estrogen is not always guaranteed.
The higher the dosage, the increased risk of androgenic/estrogenic side effects such as gynecomastia.
Decabol, because of its molecular formula, is not as potent as other anabolic androgenic steroids in either characteristic, which made/makes it a popular steroid to combine with other components.
Because Decabol reduces the potential for androgenic side effects, it is often stacked with other steroids including testosterone and Dianabol for accelerated muscle mass gains.
Combining with other anabolic androgenic steroids with lower androgenic or estrogenic properties such as Winstrol is also considered effective.
When used with discretion, Decabol can be used in cycles that range anywhere from eight weeks to 12 weeks, and with a relatively long half-life is deemed effective for most users.
However, it should be noted that while it is not known to trigger potent aromatization characteristics, it did and does have the potential to contribute to some pro-gestational side effects.
Progestins behave much like estrogens in the body. It should also be noted that over time, levels of Decabol in the body will eventually aromatize into estrogen.
This will contribute to the increased risk of developing dreaded gynecomastia.
As with any usage of anabolic androgenic steroids for bodybuilding, dosage recommendations vary widely.
In general, and for intermediate users, average dosages range 200 mg weekly up to 600 mg weekly, sometimes higher.
Women are generally recommended to avoid Decabol or any form of nandrolone decanoate, due to its potential for virilization or development of male sex characteristics.
If a woman opts to use it, the dosage recommendations are 20 mg to 50 mg weekly.
Decabol is an injectable solution intended for intramuscular delivery.
Steroid sellers market a number of Decabol products and milligram strengths, although the British Dragon 250 version (Decabol 250) sells the oil-based injection solution in a 10 mL intramuscular injection at a strength of 250 mg per milliliter.
Nandrolone decanoate may be found in a variety of milligram strength products including:
You can even get Decabol 300, but purchasing options will depend upon manufacturer and country of origin.
Side effects associated with Decabol/nandrolone decanoate) are similar to many of the side effects associated with anabolic androgenic steroids in general.
These side effects range from mild to severe, depending on dosage and frequency of dosage, as well as combinations with other components.
The higher the dosage, the greater the likelihood of developing side effects. Watch for:
Women using any form of nandrolone decanoate including Decabol tablets should watch for signs of virilism that include:
Some of the side effects of virilism are irreversible in women, even when the drug is discontinued immediately.
In some cases, aromatase inhibitors or anti-estrogen compounds may help to reduce some side effects, but they are not always effective. These drugs also come with their own risks of use and associated side effects.
Before turning to anabolic androgenic steroids like Decabol injections or pills, take the time to research not only benefits, but side effects, especially when stacking with other components. In some cases, side effects more than outweigh benefits.