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Trade Names: Oral Turinabol
Chemical Names: 4-Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone
Half-life: 16 hours
Turinabol was the first original product of the German pharmaceutical company, Jenapharm. It was developed in 1961. Turinabol is a close derivative of Dianabol and considered by many to be its milder cousin. When compared, Turinabol’s anabolic and androgenic activity is somewhat lower than that of Dianabol. However the anabolic to androgenic effects are better balanced and that allow for a more favorable drug where androgenic side-effects are less likely to occur.
In 1990 it was revealed that during the Olympic Games held in the period ranging from 1974 to 1989, German athletes were given Turinabol to improve their performance. This was a secret state-sponsored program and Turinabol was given to over ten thousand male and female athletes, often without their knowledge. They were simply told that they were taking vitamins. Turinabol was undetectable by drug tests at the time.
Turinabol is a safe steroid and often described as having properties somewhere between Dianabol, and Anavar. Turinabol is not able to aromatase into estrogen, so estrogenic side-effects are rare, however some reports have been given of mild gynocomastia symptoms. The exact cause is not entirely certain, but there is the possibility of Turinabol having some action on the estrogen receptor. Another possibility is for methyltestosterone contamination during the manufacturing process. Androgenic side-effects are still possible, but they are unlikely to be severe.
Turinabol is a c17 alpha alkylated steroid, so the possibility of liver damage should be taken into account when designing a cycle that includes it. Its good practice to keep dosages within reasonable levels and the duration of usage should be limited to around 6 weeks to avoid hepatotoxicity. Also use liver detoxification supplements.
Daily dosages are in the ranges of 40 to 60mg and Turinabol makes a great addition to cutting or pre-contest stacks. Versatility is a very positive aspect of this steroid and even athletes in sports where speed is required will find Turinabol a suitable performance enhancing drug. The strong anabolic effects without the added weight gain from water-retention are very favorable.
This drug is not commercially available anymore, but there are a few underground laboratories that still supply the black-market.