Introduction to Halodrol
Halodrol (also known as H-Drol) is a legal methylated designer steroid created by Gaspari Nutrition, however should not be confused with the current Halodrol product made by Gaspari Nutrition as the designer steroid variant was discontinued. Despite being discontinued H-Drol is currently “cloned” by several popular supplement companies including Competitive Edge Labs whom produces perhaps the most popular variant H-Drol (4-Chloro-17a-Methyl-Androst-1,4-Diene-3-17b-Diol).
Halodrol is one of the most popular & proven compounds on the market and is considered a good beginners cycle due to it’s reputation for minimal side effects and dry gains that are relatively easy to maintain after the cycle is completed. Halodrol is known for having a very long half life which makes the dosing protocol simple for those on a busy schedule, the half life of Halodrol can vary based on the user however it’s typically reported of having a half life in the realm of 12 hours.
As with any pro-hormone or designer steroid, there’s always risk associated with their usage, however through proper knowledge planning we can mitigate the risk to our bodies overall health. Halodrol is methylated which can result in elevated liver function levels as like many other pro-hormones and or designer steroids H-Drol will increase blood pressure to some degree however vary’s on the user and other factors such as diet and genetics. As such H-Drol can also alter Lipid Levels/High Cholesterol levels as well. There’s obviously additional side effects to worry about (see below) however for the most part they’re just an inconvenience. So you’re probably asking how we go about protecting our bodies to mitigate these possible undesirable side effects, well luckily 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 H-Drol 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.
For first time users it’s recommended to begin with 50mg and then slowly work it up to 75mg which is considered to be H-Drol’s “sweet spot”. More experienced users with past pro-hormone or designer steroid usage can experiment with dosages to around 125mg, however the added benefit may be negligible compared to the added sides at high dosages.
Most users begin to experience the H-Drol benefits somewhere around weeks 2 or 3 of the cycle, therefore H-Drol Cycles are usually 5-6 weeks in length, users stacking H-Drol with another compound should stick to h-drol Cycles that are 5 weeks in length. For the most part, many consider 5 weeks to be the ideal cycle length for H-Drol. It is not advised to run H-Drol any longer than 6 weeks, even if being ran solo, this is simply for overall health as 6 weeks of a methylated compound is certainly more than enough and any longer than 6 weeks may result in possible health issues.
As noted Halodrol (H-Drol) has a very long half life, therefore it’s recommended that the largest dosage be taken in the morning, assuming that you’re taking 75mg of H-Drol, you would be best served by taking two pills in the morning (50mg) and one pill before workout/around dinner (25mg).
Common Side Effects
H-Drol just like most other pro-hormones and designer steroids have a wide array of side effects, however side effects are typically user unique, some users may experience none, while others may experience a variety of side effects. It should be noted that H-Drol is considered relatively mild and side effects typically aren’t very common, the following are common side effects of H-Drol.
- Loss of Libido (Taking Tribulus, MACA or Horny Goat Weed help with Libido)
- Hair Thinning (Especially those prone to hair loss)
- Sore Joints (Fish Oil helps with sore joints)
- Back Pumps (Taurine helps with back pumps)
- Acne (Typically on arms/back etc)
- Increased aggression, migraines, shrunken testicles, sleep pattern alteration and various other side effects can take place, however aren’t common.
As you can see there are various *possible* side effects, including some not listed, however for the most part users have limited sides on H-Drol and the ones that are most typical (Acne, Libido Loss, Back Pumps) can be mitigated as noted above.
H-Drol is a dry compound therefore should produce excellent lean body mass increases without any water weight or bloating. It’s also a great multi-purpose compound with many people using it for a wide variety of stages including cutting, bulking and recomping (gaining muscle, losing fat simultaneously), as always your diet will dictate your results.
- When used in a bulking diet, users typically report gains somewhere in the 10-15lb neighbourhood on a 5 week cycle at 75mg.
- When used in a recomp diet, users typically report gains somewhere in the 7-10lb neighbourhood while simultaneously losing 1-2% bodyfat on a 5 week cycle at 75mg.
- When used in a cutting diet, users typically report gains somewhere in the 3-5lb neighbourhood while losing 2-4% bodyfat on a 5 week cycle at 75mg.
These ranges are considered normal, however some users have reported gains in upwards of 20lbs 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.
Halodrol can be stacked with other NON-Methylated compounds, it is critical that Halodrol not be stacked with another Methylated compound, doing so can put serious strain on your liver. Due to Halodrol 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 compounds that are commonly stacked with H-drol.
- 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 (Halodrol) 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 Halodrol 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.
As you can see, these are side affects we definitely want to avoid at all costs, so let’s start discussing a proper Halodrol PCT (Post Cycle Therapy).
Post Cycle General: You should begin your PCT regiment immediately after your pro-hormone or designer steroid cycle, it should begin the day after your last dosage of Halodrol. PCT regiments are typically 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. If you can afford to or have adequate health insurance, you should consider obtaining bloodwork that include your liver function values, testosterone levels (both free & overall) and cholesterol levels, sometime towards the end of your PCT regiment to ensure proper recovery, while not a requirement its certainly recommended. During PCT we effectively want to achieve the following…
- Boost Natural Testosterone Production.
- Regulate Estrogen.
- Restore HPTA function.
- Reducing SHBG.
- Control Cortisol Effects.
Research Drugs: The MOST effective PCT regiment is one that includes a perscription/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 perscription, 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.
- Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate). Comes in Liquid or Pill form.
- It’s also recommended to include a test booster such as Driven Sports – Activate Xtreme or Thermolife T-Bol. Those concerned with Cortisol can also include Lean Xtreme.
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, Test Booster. | Week 2-4 Nolvadex 10mg, Test Booster.
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: Cycle Support or Life Support | H-Drol 50mg
- Week 3-7: Cycle/Life Support | H-Drol 75mg
- Week 7-9: Cycle/Life Support | Nolvadex 20mg | Test Booster (i.e Activate Xtreme/T-Bol etc).
- Week 9-11: Cycle/Life Support | Nolvadex 10mg | Test Booster
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.
We are not doctors, therefore before starting any supplement or training regiment you should consult with your doctor. The information being provided is simply personal opinion.