However, in the late 80s, it was taken off the pharmacy shelves when it became
prescription only drug. At that time, it was included as a part of the Anabolic
Steroid Control Act of 1990. Amendments to the act, specifically after 2001,has
placed the drug in the same group with amphetamines and the government has
announced the position of the drug illegal.
Before the drug was banned, number of professional bodybuilders and athletes
admitted its use with the most famous being Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Yet, its use is still very much present today due to black market availability.
It is still easily available as a non-prescription drug in number of other
countries, including Mexico, who do not prohibit or control its production and
Many consider Dianabol one of the most potent steroids as it rapidly stimulate
cells of producing new protein which is crucial in new muscle formation.
However, the drug also has estrogenic properties which ultimately result in
water retention. This can give muscles unwanted bloated shape and volume. So
most body builders, who look for the muscle ‘cut’ appearance, use it only at the
start of their muscle formation cycle. Also, many athletes decide to eliminate
this side effect of estrogen build up by using appropriate medicine such as
Clomid, Nolvadex or Arimidex.
Side effects of this drug can include high blood pressure as well as an
appearance and spreading of acne. It can also cause hair loss and baldness in
men. However, most importantly and dangerously, prolonged use of this drug has
shown that it can cause serious liver damage.
Although it is widely administered orally, the drug is also available in
injectable form which many consider to be more effective way. It is not
exclusively used by men as women have found out that the reduced dose of
dianabol can also help them in muscle growth.