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Anastrozole in bodybuilding

Anastrozole is an inhibitor of aromatase, an enzyme produced by the adrenal glands and responsible for converting testosterone to estradiol (a male-female hormone). The drug delays its natural synthesis in the body, therefore it is used in a course of steroids subject to aromatization. This reduces the negative effects of estrogen in the body.

The role of anastrozole in estrogen regulation

Not only testosterone is present in the male body, but also estradiol. Female hormones are of great importance to the health and performance of female athletes. The “correct” concentration of estrogen has a positive effect on the functioning of various body systems. Your duties:

  • immune support;
  • nutrition of bone tissue;
  • regulation of cholesterol levels;
  • participation in the synthesis of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor (IGF);
  • regulation of water balance in the body;
  • promotion of glucose absorption;
  • libido support.

But when the level of estrogen rises, such negative consequences appear:

  • fluid retention in the body and subsequent swelling;
  • increased fatigue and constipation of muscle tissue during exercise;
  • acne;
  • fat deposits according to the female type – on the waist, hips;
  • increased sweating;
  • insomnia;
  • decreased libido;
  • bald head;
  • digestive trouble ;
  • gynecomastia: swelling and itching of the nipples, breast enlargement.

Excess estrogen levels also increase the risk of developing prostate cancer, high blood pressure, and stroke. To prevent the manifestation of all of the above effects, Anastrozole can be used. It allows you to control estrogen levels.

Effects of taking anastrozole

Effects of taking anastrozole

Effects of taking anastrozole

The use of the drug is justified when athletes take steroids prone to aromatization. For example testosterone and Danabol. In addition to improving athletic performance, these drugs have many of the side effects already mentioned. Taking Anastrozole during ASA allows you to achieve the following results:

  • prevents water retention;
  • suppress the active synthesis of female hormones;
  • stimulate the production of endogenous testosterone;
  • prevent testicular atrophy and gynecomastia;
  • improvement in muscle tone;
  • increase the level of anabolic hormones in the body;
  • avoid high blood pressure.

Taking the drug in a steroid aromatization course should begin immediately. This allows for quality prevention.

Possible side effects of Anastrozole

Each drug has a pronounced effect, which is the main purpose of its use. But side effects are also possible. Anastrozole is no exception. Violations are manifested by prolonged use, exceeding recommended doses, lack of control of hormonal levels.

Possible side effects of Anastrozole

Possible side effects of Anastrozole

Estrogen is important for the proper functioning of the male body. With prolonged and uncontrolled use of Anastrozole during an anabolic steroid cycle, the level of female sex hormones can drop dramatically. This is accompanied by a number of undesirable manifestations:

  • sudden mood swings;
  • depression, apathy, lethargy;
  • impaired athletic performance;
  • articular pain;
  • decreased sexual desire;
  • osteoporosis;
  • loss of appetite during weight gain;
  • diseases of the liver, ENT organs;
  • increase in bad cholesterol;
  • headache;
  • hair loss and hair loss;
  • impaired nerve cell function;
  • skin rashes, itching;
  • worsening of anabolism;
  • decreased blood clotting ability;
  • anemia, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis;
  • decreased sperm motility.

To avoid these side effects, you should consult a specialist before taking the drug and strictly follow his recommendations.

Features of taking anastrozole during AAS

Features of taking anastrozole during AAS

Features of taking anastrozole during AAS

The drug is needed with a full steroid cycle with testosterone. If tests show a higher degree of aromatization before you start, you can start taking it sooner. An anti-estrogen is also used in the PCT when required for an estradiol test. Application recommendations:

  • The tablets can be taken at any time of the day, but preferably on an empty stomach.
  • Take the medicine with plenty of water to ensure better absorption.
  • The dose and frequency of administration should be determined with the help of a specialist.
  • The course of Anastrozole determines the duration of the use of aromatic substances. You have to take it all the time and for longer.
  • It is necessary to check each time the degree of aromatization and to adjust the dose of anastrozole.

Some examples of using Anastrozole

The dose and frequency of taking this aromatase inhibitor may vary:

  • If you are using steroids with a short half-life (methandrostenolone), you should start taking the medication at a lower dose and frequency: 0.5 mg three times a week or every other day. After 10-15 days you need to take the estradiol test again. If there are upward/downward deviations, change the frequency of intake or dosage. After 15-20 days after admission, the analysis is performed again.
  • When using testosterone propionate, for example 100mg every other day, the dose of anastrozole may be 0.5mg every other day or every day and 1mg daily. The last dose of an aromatase inhibitor should be given on the fifth day after the last injection.
  • When long ester steroids are used, anastrozole should be started a few days after the first injection. After 2-3 weeks there is a control to adjust the dose. Follow-up checks should be carried out at least once a month.

It is necessary to carefully monitor the reaction of the body in order to timely identify violations of the hormonal background and avoid side effects. You may need to change the frequency of taking concomitant medications until they are canceled.

It is important!

If the degree of aromatization during treatment does not exceed an acceptable level, Anastrozole is not taken during PCT.