Methandienone is an anabolic steroid banned from use by the FDA under the Controlled Substances Act. Dianabol has been very popular in bodybuilders until its ban to increase the strength and volume of their muscles. Dianabol acts strongly on androgen receptors and exerts its effects through protein synthesis and glycogen breakdown to increase muscle mass in a short span of time. Dianabol produces estrogen as an end product so water retention is also one of the contributors towards weight gain and bulking. Dianabol effective dosage is 15-50 mg/day in men and its active life is 6-8 hours. Dianabol is excreted through the kidneys and the detection time in urine is 5-6 weeks. Until the ban Dianabol has been used as a tonic by bodybuilders. Probably Dianabol is effective in treating postmenopausal senile osteoporosis. Dianabol is also recommended in those individuals who suffer from a condition called pituitary deficient dwarfism. Dianabol was also used in those people who have weakened bones and always complain of exhaustion after a little running and prolonged walking. However, Dianabol is prepared in large quantity in those countries where drug regulation is weak and is used in both human and veterinary patients with the conditions described above. SIDE EFFECTS OF DIANABOL There are various side effects of this steroid such as gynecomastia is always concerned in patients using this regularly. The skin may become oily and hairs may grow on the face and body.Female virilization such as deepening of the voice, irregularities in menstruation, alteration in the texture of the female skin, and enlargement of the clitoris can occur from its use. Prolonged use of this medicine can cause hepatotoxicity. Dianabol Effective dose: 10 – 100 mg per day.