The Protodrol (17a-methyl-5a-androst-17b-ol) Informative Bible
Protodrol is a new pro-hormone brought to market by iForce Nutrition one of the leading companies when it comes to ‘compounds’ and is promised to be one of the few methylated compounds that have minimal liver impact. Protodrol is also one of the more affordable compounds available as one bottle is typically enough to run an entire cycle. It should also be noted that IBE has recently released a Protodrol clone named ‘Protomax’.
Note: As with all of our other “informative bibles” as new information becomes available regarding Protodrol we will continuously update the information provided here.
Protodrol promises to be a relatively mild compound in regards to side effects, however is methylated and despite being proclaimed as “safe methyl technology” it’s better to be safe than sorry and follow the same regiment as one would with any other methylated compound. Many herbal based supplements have been scientifically shown to produce desirable results when it comes to Blood Pressure, Liver Function and Lipid profiles. Over the years several companies have begun creating “all-in-one” products designed specifically for prohormone and designer steroid cycles, these products have been a staple in thousands of users cycles with excellent results including blood work to backup their effectiveness. Therefore ANYONE running a cycle of Protodrol will need to use one of the following products throughout the entire Cycle.
Anabolic Innovations – Life Support (Capsules)
Anabolic Innovations – Cycle Support (Powder)
Both are, for the most part, identical products the biggest difference is the form, whether you prefer to take pills or powder. A general rule of thumb is to pre-load either one (Life Support or Cycle Support) two weeks prior to beginning your cycle and all the way through until the end, so buy accordingly so that you have enough on hand. These products will assist your body with maintaining healthy blood pressure, liver function and lipid profile.
Dosages & Length
Since this is a new compound with limited information available regarding it’s effectiveness, experimenting with dosages is not recommended. For a base cycle 50mg is recommended for a first time protodrol cycle, experienced users can venture into dosages in upwards of 75mg however should exercise caution as this is a new compound.
Protodrol can be ran in cycles from 4 to 6 weeks, however for optimal gains 5 weeks would be recommended and experienced users can venture into 6 week cycles as well.
Common Side Effects
Side effects with protodrol should be mild if any, protodrol in general should be considered a “mild” methylated compound. However in general side effects with pro-hormones and designer steroids can possibly happen depending on the user.
- Decreased Libido/Sexual Function
- Patterned Acne
- Sleep Alteration (difficulty sleeping, realistic dreams, etc)
- Slightly increased Blood Pressure
- Back Pumps (Dull pain in back after/during workouts)
Many of these symptoms can be resolved through over the counter supplements please read our side effects article.
Protodrol is a dry compound and should produce lean body mass gains without bloating, therefore it’s a great compound for cutting, recomp or even bulking depending on your diet. Protodrol should be viewed as a viable alternative to halodrol (h-drol) in regards to overall results, based on early information available the gains seem to be consistent with what one would expect with h-drol.
- When used in a bulking diet, users may see gains somewhere in the 9-14lb neighborhood on a 5 week cycle at 50mg.
- When used in a recomp diet, users may see gains somewhere in the 6-9lb neighborhood while simultaneously losing 1-2% bodyfat on a 5 week cycle at 50mg.
- When used in a cutting diet, users may see gains somewhere in the 2-4lb neighborhood while losing 1-3% bodyfat on a 5 week cycle at 50mg.
These ranges are considered common, however some users may experience gains in upwards of 15+lbs and some users may not experience many noticeable gains at all, however lack of results is typically a result of poor diet and workout regiment.
Protodrol can be stacked with other NON-Methylated compounds, it is critical that Protodrol not be stacked with another Methylated compound, doing so can put serious strain on your liver. Due to Protodrol being relatively mild it makes for a solid stacker, however stacking two compounds should only be done by users with past pro-hormone or designer steroid experience. Below is a short list of some compounds to consider when stacking Protodrol.
- BOLD (1,4AD)
- 11-OXO (Adrenosterone)
Post Cycle Therapy
Possibly the most important item on the menu is post cycle therapy, when taking a foreign substance (Protodrol) that creates testosterone your body begins to shut down it’s normal production, when you stop taking a pro-hormone or steroid compound your body needs a way to jump start it’s own natural production again, this is why we need post cycle therapy. It’s not just as simple as that however, when coming off of a compound your body goes through a very stressful phase as your hormones are out of balance, failure to mitigate these imbalances can result in a unique set of side effects not related to the protodrol compound. Below is just a *few* of the noted side effects of an improper post cycle therapy regiment, it should also be noted that the occurrence of side effects in the post cycle stage is more common than the “on-cycle” phase, however a properly planned post cycle therapy regiment can mitigate these risks.
- Gynecomastia (or Man Boobs)
- Anxiety/Depression (Can range mild to severe)
- Body Aches/Pains (Can range mild to severe)
- Impotence and other sexual function side effects.
- Loss of gains made on cycle.
As you can see, these are side affects we definitely want to avoid at all costs, so let’s start discussing a proper Protodrol PCT (Post Cycle Therapy).
Post Cycle General: You should begin your PCT regiment immediately after your pro-hormmone or designer steroid cycle, it should begin the day after your last dosage of Protodrol. PCT regiments are tpyically 4-6 weeks depending on the type of compound being used, user and type of PCT. As noted in the previous section under “Maintaining Health”, you should continue to use Life Support or Cycle Support throughout your entire cycle, INCLUDING your PCT regiment.
- Boost Natural Testosterone Production.
- Regulate Estrogen.
- Restore HPTA function.
- Reducing SHBG.
- Control Cortisol Effects.
Over The Counter: An OTC (Over The Counter) post cycle therapy regiment is simply that, a PCT that consists with strictly over the counter products that can be bought at major supplement outlets such as BodyBuilding.com or stores such as Vitamin shoppe or GNC. The following is just an example PCT, you can interchange other similar products if you have a preference.
1. Competitive Edge Labs – PCT Assist. An ALL purpose PCT product that will help boost testosterone production, help balance hormones and assist with estrogen regulation.
2. SNS Inhibit-E. An effective low-cost estrogen regulator/inhibitor.
3. Optional: Driven Sports – Lean Xtreme. One of the most popular and proven products that control the effects of Cortisol.
When using an over the counter PCT, it’s recommended to run a 6-week PCT regiment, assuming you were using the products above, here is how you would schedule your PCT.
Week 1-2 PCT Assist, Lean Xtreme. | Week 2-4 PCT Assist, Inhibit-E, Lean Xtreme | Week 4-6 Inhibit-E
Research Drugs: The MOST effective PCT regiment is one that includes a prescription/research drug, however some users prefer not to go this route, you may be asking why would someone go another route if this is the most proven and effective PCT method. There’s various reasons but one to point out is that these drugs aren’t technically available without a prescription, these are also very powerful drugs that can also have their own side effects, notice that I say they aren’t “technically” available that’s because they can be purchased online at research drug sites, I won’t provide you with any links, if you chose to go this route googling for these sites will won’t take you long.
1. Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate). Comes in Liquid or Pill form.
2. Optional: Driven Sports Lean Xtreme
Users with deep pockets can also add in a natural testosterone booster such as S.A.N. MyoTEST, in the event you go this route, it would be best to run a test booster starting week two through week six. Below is an example PCT when using a research drug (such as Nolvadex aka Tamoxifen Citrate, as we are in this case).
Week 1-2 Nolvadex 20mg, Lean Xtreme (3 caps) | Week 2-4 Nolvadex 10mg, Lean Xtreme (3 caps)
This is an example cycle from start to finish to give you an idea how it should look, assumes you’re going with a prescription drug for PCT. From start to finish our properly designed cycle will take approximately 11 weeks total.
* Week 1-2: Pre-load Cycle Support or Life Support @ Bottle Recommended dosages.
* Week 2-7: Cycle Support or Life Support | Protodrol 50mg
* Week 7-9: Cycle/Life Support | Nolvadex 20mg | Lean Xtreme.
* Week 9-11: Cycle/Life Support | Nolvadex 10mg | Lean Xtreme
It’s recommended that users supplement with a quality Multi-Vitamin and Fish Oil throughout the ENTIRE cycle. You should stop taking any other supplements on Cycle as well such as Creatine, NO, Test Boosters and so on, these should be saved for PCT in order to preserve strength. It’s heavily recommended that during PCT, you add Creatine and a Cell Volumizer type of prodct. Supplementing with Protein is highly recommended on cycle
Users who are on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication may experienced increased anxiety/depression while on cycle and during PCT. It is HEAVILY advised not to drink alcoholic drinks while on Cycle & PCT, doing so will put significant strain on the liver and can result in a major health hazard. Users should avoid using stimulants on cycle as blood pressure may elevate too high and possibly cause fainting. In general, avoid starting any new medications while on cycle or just before, if you’re concerned about a possible interaction consult your doctor. Users should also eat a clean diet on cycle.