DBOL 101: All About Dianabol

When it comes to steroids it doesn’t get much more old school than Dbol (aka Dianabol).

Dianabol tablets (Metandienone or Methandienone) have been one of the oldest staples for strength athletes and bodybuilders for the past 6-7 decades!

I have done numerous Dbol cycles in the past, and although my body doesn’t handle the compound as well as it used to.

The Dianabol effects and strength gains were nothing short of amazing!

Dbol (Methandrostenolone) is one of those steroids where work weights soon become warm-up weights.

On Dbol the weights just feel lighter in your hands and it gives you a feeling of being like Hercules!

It would always take generally 5 – 7 days for the full effect to kick in when I used it, but when it kicked in it really banged hard!

[Disclaimer:This is just my personal opinion on Dbol. John Doe Bodybuilding is not advising anyone use ANY illegal or possibly dangerous hormones or substances under any circumstances UNLESS it is under a doctor’s strict supervision.]

Dbol Kickstart

Dbol is a great kickstart to cycles with compounds that take longer to take effect.

A longer acting testosterone such as Testosterone Enanthate or test Cypionate won’t fully kick in until about the 2nd-3rd week.

So Dbol is often used as a kick starter to make the most out of a cycle and already have some good strength gains by the time the testosterone begins working.

If there is any real downside to Dbol it’s that gains will go away almost as fast as they came on.

Within a week of discontinuing Dbol use it always felt like the wind was sucked out of my sail, however this wasn’t as bad when I was stacking other compounds with it that took effect by the time Dbol had ended.

Dbol Dosage

I found my best dosage range to be around 35 mg/day of Dbol.

50 mg/day always felt like too much and it made me very lethargic.

This is one of the downsides of Dbol for many users is this lethargy that can come on during times you’re not in the gym.

But some people react the total opposite, they feel more energetic on Dbol and for many the sense of well-being is increased as well.

Dianabol Cycle

You’ll hear a lot of talk about not using Dbol solo, but I’ve used Dbol only cycles before with no issues.

Is having testosterone in the mix better? Yes.

As a younger trainer would it stop me from using Dbol? No.

I don’t use Dbol any more because my body doesn’t react the same way it used to while on it.

Dianabol blunts my appetite, jacks up my blood sugar, and I just do not handle it as well as I used to.

But back when I was using Dbol in my 20’s the stuff gave me incredible strength and size gains in a very short time frame!

Dianabol Cycle Length

Because Dbol is liver toxic it’s a wise idea to limit Dbol cycles to under 8 weeks. Most sources will say 4 weeks, but with moderate dosing I’ve found that 6-8 weeks is suitable.

I’d rather use Dbol at 25 mg/day for 8 weeks than 50 mg’s/day for 4 weeks. But seriously limit your cycles on dbol because you don’t want to kill your liver by staying on Dianabol all the time!

Dbol Side Effects

I never really felt much different on Dbol other than slightly more fatigued, but in the gym I felt like an animal on it.

But the sense of well-being like being on testosterone wasn’t there, but cycling Dbol with testosterone can offset that.

It also seemed like I never got injured while training on Dbol because it helped my joints and body with the increased water retention from it.

Usually injury occurs when the body is dry and there isn’t enough fluid, not when there is more fluid.

Another common side effect from Dbol is back cramps. Your lower back can get these insane cramps or pumps, there were plenty of times I would have to drive home from the gym with my seat reclined more than normal to deal with the back pumps.

Dbol Side Effects (Gyno) and PCT

Dbol does tend to retain water more than other steroids, therefore you will want to use an aromatase inhibitor such as Arimadex or Aromasyn while running it.

If you cannot acquire these ancillaries then the synthetic version of Arimadex, “Arimistane” should suffice.

I’ve always found that the best route to take with Dbol was to use just enough to get the job done. Fortunately I never had signs of gyno while using it (even without an AI), but I’m not gyno prone either.

Dbol Price

A good thing about Dbol is it’s cheap, it’s common, and you’ll know pretty fast if it’s legit or not.

Dianabol vs Anadrol

Also, here is something else you may not know about Dbol; it’s actually stronger mg for mg than Anadrol.

What I mean by that is that 100 mg/day of Dbol isn’t nearly the same case as 100 mg/day of Anadrol-50.

Some guys respond better to Dbol than Anadrol and I was one of them!

10 Week Dianabol Testosterone Cycle

  • Dbol/Testosterone Cycle Weeks 1-8; Dbol at 35 mg/day, tabs taken throughout the day (ie; breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Dbol/Testosterone Cycle Weeks 1-10; Testosterone Enanthate at 500mg/week

PCT to begin 2 weeks post last testosterone injection (week 12)

  • Tamoxifen @ 20 mg/day week 1 & 2, 10mg/day weeks 3 &4
  • Clomid @ 50 mg/day days 1-20 (Clomid to stop 1 week short of Tamoxifen)

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31 thoughts on “DBOL 101: All About Dianabol”

  1. what are your thoughts on stacking dbol with other oral steroids ?

    For example there is this oral only cycle that was suggested lately,in which you take epistane+winstrol+dbol. The 2 first orals are supposed to stop the estrogen and progesterone production,while also drying you up without fucking up your connective tissues.

    Thoughts on this cycle? is it worth it? it is suggested as a cuttng cycle, in which you keep some extra mass thanks to dbol

    • I don’t think so mate. All 3 are pretty hard on the liver. Why not run 2 separate cycles with a breeze (A breeze is a connection between 2 cycles, mostly used Ostarine during this time). I don’t know who suggested that cycle, but it’s nothing but murdering your liver.

      Btw, don’t forget to run TUDCA or Ar1macarePro (It has TUDCA in it) when running an oral roid cycle. ALWAYS include Testosterone in the cycle if you are a family-man of a businessman, John is just trying to help you guys cut the costs but if you are either one of those, an oral-only cycle will literally make you go through hell without Testosterone in the mix.

  2. Hey John,
    I am not trolling here- isnt Dianabol like completely outdated by now and only used by pro bodybuilders who are on hardcore cycles almost year round and dont want to miss out on Dbol?! Superdrol seems to be better in every possible way- I dont see a reason why someone would use dbol these days. Superdrol is liver toxic but so is dbol. too ( I used both of them already)..
    A small dose of superdrol is already superior to dbol in terms of gains in only 4 weeks, gives zero bloating and a small dose wont cause lethargy problems at a small dosage. Superdrol just needs a proper PCT because the suppression of erstrogen on cycle seems to be pretty high. Dianabol seems to be slightly mood enhancing in some people but comes with way more problems like hair loss…

  3. Hi I thinking of using Deca test enanthate and insulin
    I’ll use deca 300 two times a week and test enanthate three times a week and 15iu of insulin every day what’s your views on this

    • I’d keep the EQ to 300-400mg, if by 300 2x/wk you’re referring to splitting it up then fine, I myself wouldn’t go as high as 600/wk on it though but that’s me. On the insulin, I would probably limit it to just training days and get off it after 4-6 weeks

    • 15IU insulin for non diabetic is pushing it. Need to start in low dose like 5 IU and see how tour body handles it. Insulin is no joke. I’m type 1 diabetic to I use it daily on my cycles as I need it. But I’m saying 15iu is usually my dose for bringing sugar down. For you it’s way too much to start. Best start low and work up vs oh shit that was way too much I feel like shit or possible kill myself.

  4. Any thoughts or advice on using Turinabol (Tbol)? I’m considering using it to jumpstart a cycle. The lack of water retention and lack of potential estrogenic side effects are appealing.

  5. Hey John, maybe everyone’s bodies are different but I seriously did not get any strength gains at all from a recent dbol cycle ( and it was actually my first dbol cycle). …The strange thing is that I had it tested and it was in fact real quality dbol…but still I wonder why I didn’t have any strength what-so-ever on it. And I even increased calries while n dbol too.

  6. John, the Dbol and Test cycle, I see it says 500mg/week. How do you recommend doing the 500mg? all at once or divide into 2 3 shots within the week?

    • divide into 2 different shots to assess pain level, then if it’s smooth you could go all 500 in one poke. Sometimes too much hormone in one area can hurt more, I’d experiment your first week with 2 shots, then if you dont want the hassle of 2 injection days during the week go in 1 shot if it’s smooth enough to do so

  7. Hi john
    I thinking off stacking dbol, deca durabolin and primobolan what are you thinking of my cycle

    1-5week dianabol 25-30mg/day
    1-12week deca 250mg/w
    1-12week primo 200mg/w

    12-14week hcg 2500 iu/w
    12-15w arimidex 0,5mg/day

    • Just swallow the tabs, the overall absorption in the system over time is what makes the difference, not a 5 minute absorption from a pill placed under the tongue. Not with anabolics, doesn’t make a difference

  8. I’m using dbol for my first time and 40mg a day. How Important is estrogen blockers? Can I skip it? And do I just finish my cycle with the same dose or taper off?

    • Very person specific indeed, it would be best to have some adex or nolvadex on hand. 10mg nolva a day or .5mg adex 3x per week wouldn’t hurt

  9. Can I use 200mg trt dose with dbol 25mg dose ? What cycle support you recommend to protect organs that don’t break the bank

  10. Hi John,

    I’m a 57 year old that has been lifting off and on for 30 years. I’ve not been able to put on the mass I’d like naturally. I’m 6’1 225 and would look good at 200. I’d like to cut some gut and pick of 20 pounds of muscle. Is this reasonable. I believe I have a good cycle on d-bol but the post cycle therapy is where I have questions. Any advice sir? Thanks!

    • Dbol is a garbage steroid, especially for someone that’s 57 yrs of age and trying to cut body-fat. PCT all depends on what you’re using and how much, I do consults where I can address these questions individually. See under coaching category for “consult plan”, thanks -JD

  11. John, I’m 58, been lifting since I was 14. Been on test cypionate for 5 years and am going to introduce 100mg of deca once a week with my 100mg of test once a week & 10mg/ a day of dianabol for 6 weeks. Thoughts?


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