|Halotestin is a synthetic anabolic steroid that has potent androgenic properties. Halotestin has been shown to increase the growth and development of male sex organs and develop secondary sex characteristics.|
|It can also increase protein anabolism, decrease protein catabolism and leads to positive nitrogen balance when sufficient calories are provided. Further, the steroid has the ability to stimulate the production of red blood cells by releasing erythropoietin from the kidneys. This leads to more hemoglobin and extra oxygen carrying capacity.|
|Halotestin is a very potent androgen and it is rapidly establishing itself as the anabolic drug of choice among many athletes. This synthetic drug has many ideal features for many bodybuilders. It is rapidly acting, is not converted to estrogen and can lead to significant improvement in exercise performance. Aggression and strength are two key features of the drug which have made it quite famous.|
|Halotestin is indicated for the treatment of disorders where there is a deficiency or absence of testosterone. These testosterone deficiency conditions include:|
|In females, Halotestin is also used to treat several disorders which include:|
The dose of Halotestin is usually influenced by the condition. It is usually administered in divided doses of 5-20 mg/day. The general principle is to give the highest dose and then taper it down once the response has been obtained. The repeat doses over the day ensure that the blood levels remain high for the 24 hr period. Depending on the condition, most individuals receive this drug for 1 -6 months. Halotestin is only available as a tablet of 2, 5, or 10 mg.
Like all androgenic steroids, Halotestin also has a fair number of side effects. These side effects do not occur in all individuals. While the side effects are rare, they are more prominent when the treatment is prolonged. The side effects include:
Unfortunately clitoral enlargement is always not irreversible even after stopping treatment.
Halotestin should be used with great caution in people with breast cancer as it can cause hypercalcemia. Long term use has been associated with development of liver cancer.
In children, Halotestin can accelerate bone development with out compensating for gains in linear growth- resulting in grotesque features.
|Halotestin should not be used in individuals who have:|
|The majority of bodybuilders use a slightly higher dose than what is used for medical patients. The most common dose is around 20-30 mg/day divided in 2-4 small doses. Some individuals take as much as 40 mg/day. The drug is taken with food and lots of water to prevent stomach cramps. Halotestin is easily absorbed from the stomach. Some individuals also combine Halotestin with other anabolic steroids to potentiate the effects. The most common combination is Winstrol, Anavar and Anadrol. Others have combined injectable testosterone preparations with Halotestin.|
Most bodybuilders claim that the weight gain is obvious at around 3-4 weeks. Further, there is also an improvement in exercise performance. However, when the drug is stopped, the weight gain does decline with time. To ensure that the weight gain remains, others go on a low dose Clomid cycle for 2-3 weeks.
Unlike many other anabolic steroids, Halotestin is typically used for only a few weeks and not months. However, even though it does not have estrogen activity, it does have other potent side effects which limit its long term use.
The drug can be taken in orally and is rapidly absorbed from the stomach. The half life is about 9 hrs meaning that it can still be detected in the body for about 4-6 days.
Halotestin is not easily available on the black market. There are several Halotestin products out there made by the French, Greek and Italians. Halotestin when available is not cheap either. Each tablet of 5/10 mg is frequently sold for a dollar or more. The increasing market for this product has also created a list of fake products, especially from the Far East. So always get your Halotestin from a reputable dealer.
After a single dose, Halotestin can be detected in the urine for up to 4-6 days. However, advances in development have led to tests that can detect the metabolites of Halotestin for up to 45-60 days after the last dose. The drug is best used in preseason since the chances of undergoing testing are low.
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