Although Dianabol is not without its side effects, you can often mitigate these by adjusting your dose amounts and cycle lengths. Here is a quick list of the 10 most common side effects of Dianabol and some ways to avoid them.
- High Blood Pressure – Many people who use Dianabol experience high blood pressure, but this lessens over time for most users. Unless your blood pressure is incredibly high or it does not come down over a few days, this is usually no reason to stop taking Dianabol.
- Oily Skin and Acne – Dianabol is a hormone derivative, so it should come as no real surprise that it can cause puberty-like symptoms among users – especially at first. Oily skin is often unavoidable, but you can use acne washes on your face, back, shoulders, and chest to treat and prevent acne.
- Water Retention – The amount of water retention you will experience depends on the size of your dose, for the most part. Even a small 10mg/day dose will result in some water retention, and although it is usually not dangerous, if it is severe, it may cause kidney or liver problems.
- High Cholesterol – Research has linked Dianabol to increased levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and lowered levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, so it has the potential to create serious cardiovascular problems. Do not take Dianabol if you have preexisting heart or cholesterol issues, and eat a healthy, balanced diet while using it.
- Lowered Testosterone Levels – All anabolic steroids, including Dianabol, cause the body to stop producing testosterone at normal levels. This may lead to all of the symptoms of a condition called Low-T, including depression, fatigue, loss of libido, and more. Supplement with testosterone products to prevent this.
- Increased Estrogen Levels – Dianabol converts to estrogen in the bloodstream, so it is important to take an aromatase inhibitor to prevent this. Failing to do so may result in side effects such as gynecomastia, loss of body hair, and others.
- Male Pattern Baldness – Though studies have not linked Dianabol and baldness directly, there is evidence to suggest that Dianabol may increase the rate of hair loss for men who are prone to male pattern baldness.
- Liver Damage – Dianabol is hepatotoxic, which means it causes liver damage. Some supplements that supposedly prevent this exist, but clinical trials have yet to prove their efficacy.
- Altered Mental State – Although Dianabol has a good reputation when it comes to the aggression that is often associated with anabolic steroids, the potential still exists. Watch for mental/mood changes and decrease the dose or stop it altogether if these are significant.
- Sexual Dysfunction – Dianabol is notorious for causing low libido, but even men who do not experience a drop in sex drive may still suffer from side effects such as erectile dysfunction or an inability to ejaculate.
Although there are other side effects attributable to Dianabol, these are the most common. However, by maintaining a low dose for eight weeks or less, and by incorporating testosterone and aromatase inhibitors into your cycle, you can mitigate these risks.