Dianabol (Dbol)

Dianabol (Dbol) is one of the most misunderstood oral steroids in the world.

Different people that we speak to, seem to have a different take on it.

Some feel that it is the best bulking compound that they’ve ever used. We second that. No other compound can get you that big in that short a time frame.

Others feel that it is an extremely dangerous compound that can cause gynecomastia, hair loss and whatnot. We second that too. Dbol if misused or used incorrectly can cause irreparable damage to your body.

Which one of these two sides of the coin should a newbie consider when deciding to opt for a Dianabol cycle?

Let’s dig a little deeper into the (in)famous D’bol.

What is Dianabol?

Dianabol or Metandienone is an oral anabolic steroid that is extremely popular among bodybuilders and athletes.

It was originally formulated in 1955 by researchers who were looking for a faster acting form of testosterone. And it is believed to have been used by US athletes looking to compete against the steroid using soviets.

Dianabol is considered by many to be the most powerful bulking compound, superseded only by Trenbolone these days.

Its use in therapeutic applications has been discontinued in the US and UK and it is available only in UG labs.

You can also source Dianabol from countries like Germany and India where it is still manufactured.

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What does a Dianabol pill look like?

The original Dianabol was a pink, oval or octagonal pill, possibly with a ‘D’ engraved on the pill.

However, more recently, a blue heart shaped version has become more popular.

There are also round white pills being manufactured by some brands.

Dbol is a relatively cheap anabolic steroid and one that is easily available.

So the risk of counterfeits is almost absent unless you find a deal that’s too good to be true.

The average cost of a blister of 10 pills is about $35.

Some of the most reputed brands are British Dispensary, Balkan Pharmaceuticals and Akrikhin, which manufacture good quality Dianabol. However, you might find a cheaper deal on Asian brands.

Also, while it is the oral form of Dbol that is more readily available, more recently, an injectable form of the drug is also found in UG labs. The advantage of the injectable version is a reduced risk of liver toxicity.

What kind of results can you expect from a Dianabol only cycle?

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As risky as it is, a lot of athletes and bodybuilders do opt for a Dianabol only cycle.

And we can understand the appeal.

It is easy to use. You can pop the pills any time.

Here are some of the results that you can expect with Dbol.

Weight Gain:

Notice that we mentioned weight and not muscle? That’s because Dianabol will inflate you like a water filled balloon. That does not translate into muscle gain or keepable gains. Don’t get us wrong here. Dbol can very well promote lean muscle mass. But you’d have to be very careful at controlling your EQ levels and keeping the bloat to a minimum. You will also have to eat clean, lift hard and rest well. Steroids is not the answer folks. Lifting is. Most newbies know nothing about it and end up gaining a boatload of water during a Dbol only cycle. And most of it is lost when they come off cycle, giving Dianabol a very bad reputation. If you use it well, Dianabol can help you gain up to 20 lbs. in weeks.


The strength gains are so dramatic that a lot of people are unable to handle it well. Imagine being able to keep lifting more and more while continuing to add weights to the rack. That’s a recipe for injury unless you have a fair bit of experience with weights. So, it is recommended that you don’t go overboard with the weights even if you feel like superman. And you will feel it for sure.


We have found ourselves reaching for Dianabol just to experience the Euphoria that comes with it. It cannot be described. The only other steroid that even comes close to Dbol in the ‘feel good’ factor is Trenbolone. But Tren can mess with your mind in the wrong way too. Dianabol doesn’t do that. Your mood will be uplifted all the time. Enjoy the ride.

Dianabol Only or Dianabol with an injectable?

The answer is the same as always.

Dianabol with an injectable steroid any day.

A Dbol only cycle will definitely make you big. But the gains will taper off the moment you come off the drug.

Also, the bloat, controlling the EQ levels, the hypertension, the risks outweigh the rewards.

You can get more consistent and long term results with Testosterone and Dianabol combined.

What are the side effects of Dianabol?

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If we got a dollar every time someone messed up a Dianabol cycle, we would be millionaires by now.

This extremely powerful compound comes with some very serious side effects. On a positive note, most of the sides are very easily controlled.

Here are some of the sides to watch out for.


Despite having very moderate aromatase activity, Dbol is notorious for causing estrogenic side effects like water retention and gynecomastia. You should use a SERM during cycle and watch out for any signs of gynecomastia. Irritation and sensitivity behind the nipples are a huge red flag. An Aromatase inhibitor will be more effective. But it can adversely affect your lipids, which Dianabol already does.


Dianabol can be harsh on your lipid levels. Keep an eye on your levels pre-cycle and post cycle. Use fish oil and do your cardio to keep your lipid levels in check.

High Blood Pressure:

All the water that the body holds on to during a Dianabol cycle can cause high blood pressure. And it does take some effort to control high BP while you are on Dbol. Dietary changes can also help in controlling it to an extent.

Shut Down:

Testicular atrophy will begin within days after you start your Dianabol cycle. You will be shut down in a week or two. That’s precisely why it is recommended that you use it with low doses of testosterone.


Dbol is more liver toxic than Anavar or Winstrol. Use N2guard or organ ST during cycle to keep your liver values at its optimum.

Androgenic sides:

If you are predisposed to it, then you will experience androgenic side effects like acne and hair loss while you are on Dianabol.

PCT during Dianabol Cycles

A SERM like Nolvadex or Clomid is a must have during your PCT.

We also recommend HCG injections to ensure that your natural testosterone levels are maintained at the bare minimum levels needed for your body to function normally. If you want to avoid pinning, then post CT is a great alternative to expensive HCG injections.

Tudca is an optional on-cycle support that you can consider.

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