All about oral steroids
Even a beginner who discovers pharmacology for the first time in his life should know that AAS comes in two forms: the first is tablets, they are oral, the second is injections, they are also injectable. But what many are not aware of is that both the former and the latter have their own advantages and certain disadvantages.
Oral anabolics: all the pros and cons
Let’s start with the pills. Why from them? There are no particular reasons, though there could be: Looking ahead, let’s say that steroid tablets are the most popular among novice athletes; they are often chosen by beginners planning their first lesson. We can then consider this sequence of stories as justified.
The anabolic tablets that you can buy are not as varied as the injectables. Really effective AAS tablet, if you take the active ingredients and not the trade names, you can literally count them on your fingers (oxandrolone, turinabol, stanozolol, methandienone, oxymetholone and many others). Even if the number of marks is recalculated, the tablets are likely to lose against their injectable “rivals”.
In addition, many oral anabolics have direct analogs in injections, especially the already mentioned methandienone (methandienone injection, etc.) and stanozolol (Winstrol, etc.), which are not only not inferior to them, but even in some respects are even superior to Stanozolol injections, for example, unlike tablets, is free of liver toxicity.
Let us briefly describe how anabolics and steroids produced in tablets generally work. A well-known fact: the hormone testosterone and almost all of its analogues / derivatives cannot normally be absorbed orally, they will be destroyed in the stomach and intestines before entering the bloodstream. This has been proven by athletes and scientific research. In addition, the subjects in these studies were mostly women. Because they? It’s simple: in the female body, it is much easier to detect an increase in the level of the male sex hormone.
So how do pill steroids work when they enter the human body if they are to be destroyed? Again, everything is simple: All AAS tablets are “assembled” at the molecular level so that they do not dissolve in the gastrointestinal tract, but are effectively absorbed into the bloodstream. In this case, the blood moves through the cleansing cycle through the liver, which is the body’s main filter, where a good portion of the steroid is activated. Incidentally, it is the main cause of liver damage by taking AAS tablets.
We have already identified two more or less significant disadvantages of oral agents (not the main one, although it is far-reaching and the presence of liver toxicity in some samples). What about profits? They exist and there are many of them. In particular, hardly anyone would say that androgens and oral anabolics are very convenient to use. A significant advantage, especially for athletes who for one reason or another do not tolerate injections.
There is another notable benefit that oral anabolic steroids that come in oral form boast: if you buy and take them, almost all of them work very quickly and are also eliminated quickly from the body without leaving a trace. However, due to the rapid activity, the shelf life of most oral preparations does not exceed one day on average. Incidentally, this explains why almost all AAS pills should be taken often (usually daily); this is done to maintain optimal levels of the active substance in the blood.
Well, we’ve looked at all the major aspects of what oral steroids are, which means we can draw a few conclusions and summarize:
- First, almost all drugs in this group, manufactured and sold in the form of tablets, are to some extent toxic to the liver, in contrast to their analogues in injections;
- Second, oral steroids work quickly and are eliminated quickly, causing a sharp increase and then a decrease in the level of hormones in the body (for some this can be a significant plus, for some – a serious minus);
- Third, in most cases, AAS tablets need to be taken frequently, which is not always convenient, but they are easy to use and very convenient.
- Fourth, it is that one has taken anabolic pills, generally more difficult to detect in doping tests, again because they are quickly excreted from the body;
- Fifth, this type of AAS is preferred by beginners, athletes who are afraid of injections for one reason or another, and athletes before a doping test.