Want to pack on muscle mass and get cut without having to inject yourself like a pin cushion every week? Injectable steroids are a major pain to administer (in more ways than one). Get it wrong and you could end up with paralysis or an embolism.
Compare this to quickly swallowing a pill and it’s easy to understand why oral steroids are coveted by so many bodybuilders.
In this article, we reveal the 7 most popular oral steroids for bodybuilding, whether you are wanting to pack on mass, get ripped, or do both. We’ll also cover the best legal alternatives for each compound.
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Superdrol (methasterone) a very powerful oral steroid, that was recently marketed as a prohormone (wrongly).
Superdrol is is not suitable for beginners, due to it being very toxic; with some users describing it as the ‘oral equivalent of trenbolone‘.
Superdrol does not convert into estrogen, and thus doesn’t cause any water retention. Therefore, the mass users gain on superdrol is strictly lean, with the muscles appearing hard, instead of puffy/smooth.
Superdrol is arguably the best oral steroid for strength gains (with anadrol). It enhances strength so much, that users need to be careful of increasing the weight too much, too early on. Failing to be cautious of this can often lead to injury; and thus lifting as heavy as possible on superdrol is not recommended.
Superdrol may add 15lbs of lean muscle mass to users who cycle this oral for the first time. Because it doesn’t aromatize into estrogen, superdrol is considered a more aesthetic steroid, compared to anadrol or dianabol (enabling users to look dry and tight, instead of bloating up like a water balloon).
The side effects on superdrol should be considered harsh (similar to injectable trenbolone).
Firstly, superdrol is an oral steroid and thus will cause notable liver toxicity.
Secondly, with superdrol being an oral and not converting into estrogen; this will cause significant strain on the heart; more so than dianabol. This is because of a drastic reduction in HDL cholesterol and a rise in LDL cholesterol.
Superdrol is a suitable name for this compound, as it causes users to feel ‘super‘ during a cycle. However, the crash is also evident post-cycle; due to a hefty shut down of endogenous testosterone. Test levels will take a few months to recover, with a post cycle therapy shortening this time frame.
Anadrol (oxymetholone) is considered by users to be the best oral steroid for bulking up. Strength and mass gains on Anadrol are significant.
Strength gains on anadrol are also tremendous; rivaled by only one other oral steroid, being superdrol.
A 6 week cycle of anadrol can comfortably produce 30+lbs of weight gain. Roughly 60% of this will be muscle mass and the rest will be water.
Anadrol kicks in very fast, due to its short-ester structure; producing dramatic changes in muscle strength and hypertrophy within the 10 days. Anadrol also leaves the body quickly, with a half life as low as 8 hours.
The drawbacks of using anadrol is that it’s one of the worst steroids for side effects.
Anadrol certainly isn’t a mild steroid, causing substantial strain to the liver and heart. Thus, anadrol shouldn’t be cycled regularly or for long periods of time; but rather to bust through a plateau.
Anadrol’s affect on the liver isn’t particularly dangerous unless taken long-term, or in mega high dosages. It will cause significant elevation in AST and ALT liver enzymes, causing some temporary damage; however these levels return to normal (upon discontinuation). The liver generally needs to be severely abused in order to fail, and thus this isn’t the most troublesome side effect for people with healthy livers; who plan on taking anadrol in moderate doses/cycles.
The worse side effect relating to anadrol is cardiovascular strain. If a person’s heart isn’t already in good condition, it would be wise to avoid anadrol. The vast amounts of water retention, combined with its stimulating effects on hepatic lipase in the liver; has a very negative effect on blood pressure.
Blood pressure will become stable once users stop using anadrol, however significant damage to the heart is possible with long-term use.
Gynecomastia and hair loss are also possible on anadrol, with it being highly estrogenic and androgenic.
Testosterone levels will shut down after taking anadrol, thus users may have to wait several months for their endogenous hormone production to come back.
Dianabol is a very popular oral steroid, made famous initially by legendary bodybuilders from the golden era.
Arnold Schwarzenegger are rumored to have taken dianabol tablets to build huge amounts of size and mass. Many users claim dianabol to almost be on a par with anadrol, in regards to muscle and strength gains; but with dbol causing less side effects.
Low doses of dianabol are sometimes used by beginners, in a dbol-only cycle, enabling them to experience huge increases in size. However, moderate to high doses are taken only by experienced steroid-users, with it being a fairly powerful compound.
Dianabol is a very similar steroid to anadrol, however it causes slightly less water retention; and doesn’t cause significant hair loss or acne (compared to a-drol).
Bodybuilders in the 70’s used to pop dianabol tablets like candy, with them being naive to the possible side effects of this oral steroid. Now, some 50 years later, the medical community are more educated in regards to the adverse effects of dbol and it has consequently been banned by the FDA.
Dianabol will spike blood pressure in the same way as anadrol, suppressing HDL cholesterol and causing the body to retain water. These two effects combined make it increasingly difficult for blood to flow to and from the heart.
Dbol being an oral steroid, will also stress the liver. Thus, some users may opt to take a liver support supplement such as Milk thistle or TUDCA.
Gynecomastia is also a potential side effect, due to dianabol’s aromatizing (converting testosterone into estrogen). A SERM or anti estrogen may be used to help combat this.
Like anadrol, dianabol will also suppress natural testosterone levels; in which users may experience a crash post-cycle affecting mood and energy levels (until their T levels naturally restore).
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Andriol, otherwise known as testosterone undecanoate, is the oral version of testosterone.
Testosterone is predominantly an injectable steroid, however some people decide to take it in pill form, for convenience (or fear of injecting).
Andriol produces similar benefits as injectable testosterone, significantly increasing lean mass and strength. Gains of 15-20lbs are common when taking oral testosterone during a first cycle.
Users will experience gains fast on andriol, with testosterone levels peaking just 6 hours after administration.
Despite oral test doing everything injectable test can, it’s not very popular; due to oral test being extremely expensive.
Andriol’s side effects are mild, thus it’s a suitable steroid for beginners.
Despite being an oral steroid, it doesn’t pass through the liver (but the lymphatic route). Thus, andriol is not liver toxic and won’t raise AST or ALT enzymes.
Andriol also doesn’t cause large shifts in cholesterol, similar to injectable testosterone; thus it’s the safest oral steroid in regards to the heart.
There will be some testosterone suppression and it’s still androgenic, thus some hair thinning (on the scalp) and acne is possible; however it’s largely a well-tolerated oral.
Gyno is also possible as estrogen levels will rise significantly, thus taking an anti-estrogen or a SERM can prevent the onset of any breast tissue forming
Important: Generally steroids are not taken with meals, as dietary fat can greatly reduce their absorption. However, andriol is the exception to this rule and requires dietary fat in order to be absorbed sufficiently. A meal containing 20 grams of fat will be sufficient for increasing its biological value.
Winstrol (stanozolol) is an oral steroid used for moderate increases in lean muscle.
Winstrol is not a bulking steroid, like anadrol, dianabol or test undecanoate; thus strength and size gains will be less. However, users will certainly become more muscular and ripped after taking stanozolol.
Instead, it is typically used in cutting cycles; to increase fat burning, whilst simultaneously building muscle.
This is a time when bodybuilders are at risk of losing muscle, thus taking winstrol during this time can alleviate any anxiety; enabling them to look forward to actually gaining some size when dieting.
Users can gain up to 10lbs of muscle on winstrol, however its ability to burn fat and increase muscle definition is superior compared to other steroids. This is due to winstrol being particularly androgenic.
Androgenic steroids are typically better at burning fat, because androgen receptors play a crucial role in the reduction of adipose tissue mass.
Thus, winstrol should be regarded as the best oral steroid for burning fat.
Winstrol is not one of the better oral steroids from a health perspective.
LDL cholesterol levels will rise to new heights, causing a significant rise in blood pressure and strain on the heart. Winstrol is also hepatotoxic, causing notable damage to the liver; whilst also shutting down natural testosterone production.
For moderate muscle gains and accelerated fat loss, some users deem winstrol one of the least desirable oral steroids; as its risk vs rewards ratio is not appealing to some bodybuilders. However, winstrol is relatively cheap and the benefits are similar to anavar; thus it can be considered as a cheap (but harsh) alternative.
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Anavar (oxandrolone) is one of the safest steroids men and women can take. This is why, despite being an expensive compound, it’s in huge demand by both sexes.
Users typically do not report any notable side effects, yet can build up to 10lbs of muscle; whilst burning significant amounts of fat.
Anavar increases fat burning due to it stimulating T3 (Triiodothyronine), the thyroid hormone that spikes a user’s metabolism.
Anavar also increases muscle definition, due to it having diuretic properties; as it does not convert into estrogen. This creates a hard, dry and toned look; perfect when cutting or during beach season.
Women also don’t need to fear about turning into a man on anavar, as it rarely produces virilization effects. Masculine side effects only start to occur in females who take over 10mg per day or utilize long cycles (over 6 weeks).
Despite being an oral steroid, anavar does not pose any significant liver toxicity, due to its very mild nature and the kidneys also helping to metabolize oxandrolone.
Cholesterol levels are likely to shift marginally which may result in a small increase in blood pressure.
Endogenous testosterone is also likely to drop post-cycle, however this will only be a subtle reduction; instead of testosterone levels being completely shut down. Thus, there won’t be a big crash post-cycle, like other steroids can cause.
Hair thinning/loss on the scalp is possible, although often reversible post-cycle. This can happen due to anavar being a DHT-derivative, the male hormone responsible for causing damage to hair follicles on the scalp.
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Primobolan is a very mild oral steroid, like anavar, which is used for fat loss and muscle retention when cutting.
Muscle and strength gains are thought to be mild, however because primo is a very tolerable steroid, it is relatively popular.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was thought to be using primobolan when cutting and getting ripped for competitions.
Unfortunately, like andriol and anavar, primobolan is very expensive and thus not as popular as cheaper cutting steroids, such as winstrol (despite primobolan being safer).
The main side effect associated with primobolan is testosterone suppression, which is likely to be mild to moderate.
Liver toxicity is not an issue with primo, nor are cholesterol levels rising. Cholesterol is likely to change to the same degree as on anavar (small change). Thus, primobolan is thought to increase LDL cholesterol more than some injectable steroids, such as testosterone or deca durabolin; but significantly less than most other orals.
Primobolan does not aromatize, thus muscle gains will be lean and gynecomastia is not a concern.
Best Oral Steroid for Bulking
The best oral steroid for bulking is Anadrol. This compound was initially developed to treat people with anemia. It has proven to be an extremely effective agent for promoting strength and weight gain as well as increasing the red blood cell count and increasing a person’s appetite. However, as with all anabolic steroids, those benefits come along with some negative side effect. These include reduced natural production of testosterone, water retention and a negative blood lipid profile. Of all anabolics, Anadrol seems to be the worst for liver toxicity. It also has a reputation for causing severe headaches.
Ironically, overdosing on Anadrol can reverse one of the benefits this compound – appetite. Anadrol is DHT derived and has been altered at the 17th carbon to allow for oral ingestion. However, this alteration causes problems for the liver.
So, how much muscle growth can you achieve with Anadrol? A study was conducted with patients who were suffering from AIDS. Over 30 weeks of administration, the Anadrol group gained an average of 8 pounds compared to a net weight loss of 4 pounds in the control group. Interestingly, weight gain in the Anadrol group peaked in week 19. Gains over the last 10 weeks were minor.
Most Anadrol bulking cycles are far shorter than that used in the study just mentioned. The average cycle length is 6-8 weeks. In the original Underground Steroid User Handbook, Dan Duchaine recommended a dosage of 150 mg per day. In light of the side effects that has been reduced with the general recommendation now being 100 mg per day. Unfortunately most people will still experience a general feeling of unwellness during the entire length of their cycle.
Best Oral Steroids For Muscle Gain
The best oral anabolic steroid stack for muscle gain combines three of the most potent muscle building orals over a 6 week cycle these are:
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Dianabol is the most well known and the most popular oral anabolic steroid available. It has a proven ability to pack on weight. However, it is also notorious for retaining water so that much of the weight gain is actually water. In contrast, Anadrol will produce lean mass increase without the bloat.
Taking Winstrol along with the two mass building agents, Dianabol and Winstrol, will help to prevent gaining body fat during your cycle, ensuring that what you add to your body is nothing but lean muscle mass. Here’s what your 6 week muscle mass cycle should look like:
- Week One: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- Week Two: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- Week Three: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- Week Four: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- Week Five: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- Week Six: Anadrol – 100 mg per day; Dianabol – 15mg per day; Winstrol – 50 mg per day
- It is vital that you follow your cycle with a PCT course of four weeks. The Anadrol will severely hamper your body’s ability to produce its own natural testosterone. Your LH and FSH levels will also have plummeted during your cycle so PCT will be needed to bring them back to normal. I recommend using Nolvadex at a dosage of 15 mg per day.
Best Oral Steroid Cycle and Stack for Beginners
The best oral stack for beginners actually combines an oral and an injectable – Dianabol and Testosterone. These are among the two safest best steroids for bulking. I strongly suggest running an initial 6 week cycle with just one of these compounds. If you have no problem with injections, begin with a 6 week cycle of testosterone cypionate at a dosage of 500 mg per week. If you prefer to take an oral anabolic steroid for your first cycle, take 100 mg per day of Dianabol.
After completing your first cycle, you should go on a 3 week PCT with 15 mg per day of Nolvadex. Following that I suggest taking a 3 week break before your next cycle. If you feel ready for it, you can then start on your first stack.
As well as testosterone and dianabol, your stack should include an aromatase inhibitor. That is because both of the anabolic steroids in the stack will convert to estrogen. You can counter this effect by taking aromasin at a dosage of 10 mg every other day.
Here is what your first oral / injectable stack should look like . . .
- Week One: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Two: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Three: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Four: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Five: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Six: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Seven: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Eight: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Nine: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Ten: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Eleven: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- Week Twelve: Dianabol – 30 mg every day; Testosterone cypianate – 500 mg per week; Aromasin – 10 mg every other day
- At the completion of the cycle run a PCT of 25 mg pf Nolvadex for 4 weeks.
Best Oral Steroid for Lean Muscle Gain
The best oral steroid for lean muscle gain is Winstrol. Users of winstrol generally end up with a lean muscular physique that does not appear bulky. A huge benefit of winstrol is that it does not convert into estrogen, which is the female sex hormone. Conversion to estrogen can be a huge problem for guys in a steroid nd you are completely free of that concern when you take winstrol.
Best Oral Steroids for Strength
The best oral steroids for strength are . . .
Best Oral Steroid to Gain Muscle Mass
The best oral steroid to gain muscle mass is the old standby Dianabol. A favorite of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dianabol will provide you with a huge strength boost, enabling you to put more stress on your working muscles. You should be aware that overuse of Dianabol could lead to liver toxicity. As a result you should stick to recommended dosages and cycles as recommended in the stack suggestions provided in this article.
Strongest Oral Steroid
Trenbolone is considered by most experts to be the strongest oral steroid on the planet. It make use of both protein synthesis and nitrogen retention in order to promote muscle mass while getting you are strong as humanly possible. This oral steroid is very popular among strength and power athletes.
Oral Steroids vs Injectable Steroids
The downside to orals is many of them are hepatotoxic, causing stress to the liver. This is due to them being c-17 alpha alkylated, with strain enabling the steroid to survive liver metabolism and peak in the blood stream. In contrast, injectable steroids will enter the blood stream immediately, instead of having to pass through the liver and thus are generally less toxic.
Oral steroids are also generally worse for the heart, due to them stimulating hepatic lipase, an enzyme in the liver which decreases HDL cholesterol levels (a good form of cholesterol), which in turn spikes blood pressure.
This is why many bodybuilders speak well of injectable steroids, and not so well of orals.
However, some of the oral steroids on this list are very mild in nature and some of the safest steroids on the market. Therefore, whether someone opts for orals or injectables, which compound they choose is more important, in terms of keeping side effects at bay. For example, trenbolone is predominantly an injectable, yet it produces far worse side effects than testosterone undecanoate (oral).
How To Minimize The Side Effects of Oral Steroids?
There are three main side effects to deal with when taking oral steroids; these are:
Decrease in testosterone
To control blood pressure, users can perform regular cardio to enhance blood flow, to and from the heart.
Liver toxicity can be controlled by keeping cycles short and making sure ALT and AST levels don’t become excessively elevated. Thus, it’s recommended to have regular check ups with a doctor during a cycle to check for liver inflammation/damage. However, users may also choose to take an effective supplement to protect the liver, such as TUDCA. Bodybuilders often take TUDCA throughout and after a cycle, to minimize damage and promote healing.
Decreased endogenous testosterone levels are a certainty when taking any steroid (oral or injectable). The only way to treat this is post-cycle (when a user stops taking all steroids). A post cycle therapy involving hCG, Nolvadex or Clomid can be used to stimulate natural testosterone levels back to where they were pre-cycle. This can result in T levels coming back several weeks or months earlier, than if a PCT wasn’t implemented.
What Is the Best Oral Steroid?
This will depend on a person’s goals. For bulking, the best oral steroid for significant muscle gains is anadrol or dianabol. However, both of these can cause harsh side effects for users.
The safest oral steroid for bulking is testosterone undecanoate (andriol); which still has the power to add lots of size and mass. However, test undecanoate is certainly not a cheap compound to buy.
The best oral steroid for cutting is winstrol, however it is a harsh compound on the heart and liver. The safest oral steroid for cutting is anavar, which will produce the same benefits as winstrol (but is slightly less powerful).
Can I Stack Oral Steroids Together?
This generally isn’t a good idea due to excessive strain to the heart and liver. Thus, it’s more common for an oral steroid to be stacked with an injectable. For example, dianabol (oral) is often cycled with deca durabolin (injectable).
Or, anadrol (oral) is often stacked with trenbolone or testosterone (injectables).
If a user stacked dianabol and anadrol together for example, wanting massive increases in muscle and strength; this would cause very large spikes in blood pressure; as well as damaging the liver substantially. The liver will likely heal itself post-cycle, but too many of these cycles will significantly increase the chances of having a heart attack.
However, there are oral steroids that are reasonably safe, even by the FDA’s standards. Thus, stacking anavar and primobolan is likely to produce few side effects, although testosterone suppression post-cycle will be notable.
Testosterone undecanoate and anavar are two orals that can be stacked together for significant muscle gains and fat loss; without posing any obvious risk to heart or liver.
What Are the Best Oral Steroids For Beginners?
The safest and least toxic orals are suitable for beginners. Thus, testosterone undecanoate (andriol), anavar and primobolan are good options. Injectable test is a standard beginner cycle, but if someone is completely against using needles, oral test can be used instead.
Beginners should avoid using anadrol, superdrol and winstrol as they are too harsh to take so soon. Low doses of dianabol are commonly taken by beginners.
What Are the Best Injectable Steroids?
- Deca durabolin
Trenbolone is very harsh on the system and should be taken with extreme caution. However, tren is also one of the best steroids for building lean muscle and reducing a user’s body fat; which is why so many take it.
Injectable testosterone replicates the same effects as test undecanoate (oral testosterone), building large amounts of lean muscle and strength. However, injectable test is a lot cheaper and thus more popular. Test enanthate and cypionate are the most common forms of injectable test.
Deca durabolin is another injectable which is effective for adding muscle size when stacked with other bulking compounds.
The 7 best oral steroids are: anadrol, dianabol, superdrol, andriol, winstrol, anavar and primobolan.
These steroids are NOT legal to buy for bodybuilding purposes and we do not recommend buying or selling of such compounds on the black market (due to common counterfeiting).
Safe, legal alternatives are now available for bodybuilders, which can be bought from Crazy Bulk online. Not only are they designed to mimic the positive effects of oral steroids, but also injectable steroids. Such steroid alternatives do not pose any side effects to users, hence how the FDA have approved them for human use.
Here is a list of Crazy Bulk’s product range:
- D-Bal (dianabol)
- Anadrole (anadrol)
- Decaduro (deca durabolin)
- Testo-Max (testosterone)
- Trenorol (trenbolone)
- Winsol (winstrol)
- Anvarol (anavar)
- Clenbutrol (clenbuterol)
None of the products above cause testosterone suppression, increase cholesterol values, hair loss, acne, water retention or cause liver strain. Thus, multiple steroid alternatives can be stacked together safely for maximum results. Legal steroid alternatives can also be cycled for long periods of time, without experiencing any harsh effects.