Drug Profiles

Here is a list of some of the more popular Anabolic Steroids (AS) used in sports today.

Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca Durabolin)

Drug name(s):

  • Nortestosterone decanoate
  • Nortestosterone decylate

Brand Names:

  • Anaboline (50 mg/mL)
  • Anabolin LA-100
  • Deca-Durabol (25, 50, 100 mg/mL)
  • Deca-Durabolin (25, 50, 100, 200 mg/mL)
  • Dece-Ject (25, 50 mg/mL)
  • Nandrolone decanoate (50, 100, 200 mg/mL)
  • Nurezan (50 mg/mL)
  • Retabolil (25, 50 mg/mL)
  • Retabolin (50 mg/mL)

Therapeutic dose:

50 mg every 3 weeks (Osteoporosis in post-menopausal women)
50–100 mg weekly (Aplastic Anaemia)


Nandrolone decanoate in the form of the Organon product, Deca-Durabolin,
has been around for over 30 years. It has anabolic, androgenic, progestogenic
and erythropoietic activity. The steroid maintains the anabolic activity
of testosterone but the androgenic action is markedly diminished.

The anabolic/androgenic quotient after 2 weeks of treatment has been shown to
be 12 times that obtained with testosterone decanoate. Nandrolone decanoate
has been shown to influence calcium metabolism positively and to increase
bone mass in osteoporosis. Androgenic effects are relatively uncommon at
the recommended therapeutic dosages.


As nandrolone is not C17-alpha-alkylated it does not have as strong
an association with the occurrence of liver dysfunction and cholestasis.
However, it may cause fluid retention and oedema due to sodium retention
by the kidney. Nandrolone decanoate is slowly released from the injection
site into the blood with a half-life of 6–8 days.

Nandrolone decanoate has been used to treat a variety of disorders,
including:

  • Osteoporosis in post-menopausal women
  • Disseminated breast cancer in women
  • Protein deficiency states occurring after major surgery or trauma
  • Anaemia
  • Chronic renal failure

Nandrolone decanoate (Deca) is widely considered to be one of the most commonly used injectable AS for performance enhancement. It also has the reputation for being one of the most frequently detected banned substances (metabolites) can be detected for periods in excess of one year).

Because of its popularity Deca has been widely counterfeited, and because of its relatively low androgenic properties it is also commonly thought to aromatize only at high doses.


Deca is commonly used for ‘bulking-up’ and has a reputation for promoting
size and strength. There have also been reports of Deca being effective in
alleviating joint and tendon pains. Although some body-builders have found
Deca effective during the pre-competition phase, others have found water
retention to be a problem. Reports of side-effects include hypertension, acne, and sexual and reproductive problems. The occurrence of side-effects appears to be more common in females and is influenced strongly by the dosage used. The most common incidences of adverse effects include facial hair growth, deepening of the voice and clitoral enlargement.

Bodybuilding dosages vary from 200mgs/week up to 1000mgs/week.

Methandrostenolone (Dbal)

Drug name(s):

  • Methandienone
  • Metandienone

Brand Names:

  • Anabol (5 mg)
  • Andoredan (5 mg)
  • Bionabol (2 mg/5 mg)
  • Encephan (5 mg)
  • Metabol (5 mg)Metanabol (1 mg/5 mg)
  • Methandrostenolonum (5 mg)
  • Naposim (5 mg)
  • Nerobol (5 mg)
  • Pronabol (5 mg)
  • Stenolon (1 mg/5 mg)
  • Trinergic (5 mg capsules)

Therapeutic dose:

4 mg orally daily (pain relief in Osteoporosis), 6 weeks on, 4 weeks off.

Methandrostenolone, usually referred to as Dianabol, was first produced
and marketed by Ciba-Geigy in 1960. It was promoted as being highly
anabolic, androgenic, with little progestational activity. Dianabol was also
reported to enhance feelings of well-being.

Dianabol was indicated for the treatment of disorders requiring increased protein synthesis and osteoporosis. Dianabol has a relatively short half-life, between 3.2 and 4.5 hours, with maximum blood concentration occurring between 1 and 3 hours.

Methandrostenolone is 17-alpha-alkylated compound and therefore exert some  strain on the liver, with even relatively low dosages causing temporary abnormalities in liver function tests.

Many users of this steroid have reported dramatic gains in both strength and
size. However, it aromatizes even at low dosages, with the development of
gynaecomastia a common problem. Another common complaint is the problem
of water retention, resulting in hypertension. As methandrostenolone
has a high level of conversion to dihydrotestosterone the development of
acne vulgaris is common, as is the acceleration of male pattern baldness in
those with an hereditary predisposition. Female use of methandrostenolone
can result in virilization due to its androgenic properties. Masculinizing
effects can occur even at low dosages in some women who are particularly
sensitive to androgens.