{"id":605398434098,"title":"Anadrol Steroid Review: Research and Health Risks","created_at":"2023-05-11T23:53:48-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Anadrol Steroid Review: Research and Health Risks\",\n \"keywords\": \"anadrol, anadrol steroid, anadrol side effects, anadrol dosage\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team reviews medical studies on Anadrol to determine if the steroid is proven to increase muscle mass and cause fat loss. We document side effects of Anadrol, its legal status, and share real user reviews of the steroid.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/anadrol-steroid-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to steroid use.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eA\u003c\/span\u003enadrol is the common name for an anabolic steroid by the name of oxymetholone. This compound is primarily used by bodybuilders to promote muscle growth and fat loss, and also used recreationally for the same effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut is Anadrol proven in medical studies to support muscle growth? How does it compare to other steroids? What are the side effects of its use? And is Anadrol legal in the US?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze medical studies on Anadrol to determine if it’s proven to be effective for building muscle and losing fat.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll document side effects of the drug, review its legal status in the US and feature real user reviews of Anadrol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Anadrol Proven to be Effective for Bodybuilding?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnadrol has been studied in various clinical trials for its effects on body composition and muscle growth.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12388137\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmerican Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e tested the effects of Anadrol on muscle strength and lean body mass in older adults.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eAfter the 12-week trial was completed, the group taking 100 milligrams (mg) of Anadrol daily gained an average of 9.26 pounds of muscle.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e Those taking Anadrol also experienced fat loss and improved power during weightlifting compared to those taking placebo.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2013 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3562853\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e tested the effects of Anadrol on muscle strength and muscle growth in patients with kidney dysfunction.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eLean muscle mass and handgrip strength improved in the Anadrol group, and there was also a decrease in fat\u003c\/b\u003e \u003cstrong\u003emass\u003c\/strong\u003e compared to those taking placebo.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnadrol has also been studied for potential benefits to insulin and blood sugar.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/19356374\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClinical Nephrology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal found that Anadrol normalized insulin function in patients with kidney disorder compared to placebo.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBased on the available research and its chemical nature, we consider Anadrol likely to increase muscle mass, decrease fat mass and increase muscle strength.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost clinical trials on this compound are in population groups with health disorders, but the same effects are expected in healthy adults due to the fact that Anadrol is an anabolic steroid.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real Anadrol users describe the effects of the drug? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Anadrol User Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named “Formula SEC INITIATED” shared his personal experience using Anadrol:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/24mx1NYYzP4\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok user named David J Rau explained the effects Anadrol had on his strength and included images:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote class=\"tiktok-embed\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@davidj.rau\/video\/7206112713825619243\" data-video-id=\"7206112713825619243\" style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca title=\"@davidj.rau\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@davidj.rau?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@davidj.rau\u003c\/a\u003e Replying to @brandon.baldwin95 Feels like I have SUPER STRENGTH… 😌\u003ca title=\"davidjrau\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/davidjrau?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#davidjrau\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca title=\"♬ original sound - David J Rau\" href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7206112712168950571?refer=embed\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - David J Rau\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\" async=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Anadrol Dangerous?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe side effects of Anadrol are well-documented in medical studies.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2001 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/11440282\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e documented side effects of Anadrol, with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eliver damage being described as the primary risk.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e The study authors described cholestatic jaundice, a condition where liver bile flow slows or stops, to be the “most important hepatic side effect.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnabolic steroid use is generally dangerous. As we documented in our review of another steroid called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/superdrol-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSuperdrol\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, steroid users were shown in one study to die at three times the rate of non-users.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA 2018 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6230458\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ecase study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e documented a patient who experienced kidney failure due to use of Anadrol. The man was 33 years old and was experiencing abdominal pain along with changes to urine color.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eUpon examination, doctors found that his kidneys were failing due to Anadrol use\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, but thankfully his condition normalized and he survived after quitting the drug.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDue to the potential for severe side effects from Anadrol use, we would strongly advise patients to speak with their doctor prior to taking this drug.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how does Anadrol compare with other steroids? We’ll review in the next section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eAnadrol vs. Other Steroids\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAll anabolic steroids are likely to increase muscle mass due to their chemical nature, but some are better-studied than others for having this effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTrenbolone, better known as tren, is the only steroid that we could find clinical backing for in a healthy patient population. As we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/what-is-tren\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etren steroid\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review article,\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e tren was clinically shown to increase muscle mass and muscle size in strength-trained athletes.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost clinical trials on steroid use involve patient populations with health issues, due to the risk of side effects outweighing potential benefits in healthy patients or athletes in most cases.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSome popular steroids don’t have any studies proving their effects on muscle strength.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/primobolan-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrimobolan steroid\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review article, we couldn’t identify one single clinical trial proving the drug effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Anadrol to have the second-most research backing (after tren) of all steroids we’ve analyzed on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDoctor Reviews Anadrol\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA doctor and YouTube creator named “Anabolic Doc” reviewed the history, medical uses, side effects and muscle effects of Anadrol:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ihYYduSvQqM\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Anadrol Illegal in the US?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnadrol is federally illegal in the US at the time of publishing this article. According to \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/en.wikipedia.org\/wiki\/Oxymetholone\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWikipedia\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, it’s classified as a “Schedule III” substance under the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates possession and distribution of unapproved drugs.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAccording to the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.justice.gov\/archive\/ndic\/pubs5\/5448\/index.htm\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJustice Department\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eall anabolic steroids are currently illegal.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eDue to its illegal status, individuals seeking Anadrol will be purchasing it on the black market, which may drastically increase the risk of counterfeit or harmful drugs because of the lack of oversight and testing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAgain, we advise patients to speak with their doctor before considering use of this drug, and we strongly advise against taking anabolic steroids.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Testosterone Support Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Men_s_Health_Supplements_Image.png?v=1702513583\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/y2gMNb\"\u003eBulletproof Magnesium\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eis our top testosterone support pick, because\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003emagnesium is a mineral that is\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20352370\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto increase free and total testosterone in athletes and in sedentary individuals.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBulletproof Magnesium costs \u003cstrong\u003eunder $17\u003c\/strong\u003e at the time of updating this article.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003ePanax ginseng\u003c\/em\u003e extract\u003c\/strong\u003e is an herbal libido enhancer, and was shown in a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC3861174\/\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/a\u003e published in the \u003cem\u003eSpermatogenesis\u003c\/em\u003e journal to increase sex drive in men when taken daily.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIlluminate Labs sells a \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/products\/panax-ginseng-extract\"\u003ePanax Ginseng Extract supplement\u003c\/a\u003e which is third-party tested, and costs only \u003cstrong\u003e$15\u003c\/strong\u003e on a subscription basis. \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnadrol is an anabolic steroid that may increase muscle mass, muscle strength and cause fat loss.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere is not much medical research proving steroids effective in athletes or healthy adults due to the risks of their use and their illegal status. However, due to their chemical nature, we can assume they’re likely to be effective for muscle gain.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnadrol can cause liver and kidney failure, with liver damage being more common according to a medical review on the compound.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe do not advise use of anabolic steroids due to these health risks, and due to the fact that they’re currently illegal in the US.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTren is the steroid that we could find the most clinical studies on, with Anadrol being second. Some steroids that are used recreationally don’t even appear to have been shown in medical trials to cause lean muscle gains.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-05-11T23:55:04-04:00","updated_at":"2023-12-13T19:30:24-05:00","summary_html":"We review medical studies on Anadrol to determine if the steroid is proven to increase muscle mass and cause fat loss. We document side effects of Anadrol, its legal status, and share real user reviews of the steroid.","template_suffix":"","handle":"anadrol-steroid-review","tags":"_related:steroids"}

Anadrol Steroid Review: Research and Health Risks

Anadrol Steroid Review: Research and Health Risks


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Disclaimer: None of the information in this article constitutes medical advice, and is just the opinion of the writer(s). We recommend that patients follow their doctor’s guidance in regard to steroid use.

Anadrol is the common name for an anabolic steroid by the name of oxymetholone. This compound is primarily used by bodybuilders to promote muscle growth and fat loss, and also used recreationally for the same effects.

But is Anadrol proven in medical studies to support muscle growth? How does it compare to other steroids? What are the side effects of its use? And is Anadrol legal in the US?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze medical studies on Anadrol to determine if it’s proven to be effective for building muscle and losing fat.

We’ll document side effects of the drug, review its legal status in the US and feature real user reviews of Anadrol.

Is Anadrol Proven to be Effective for Bodybuilding?

Anadrol has been studied in various clinical trials for its effects on body composition and muscle growth.

A clinical trial published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism tested the effects of Anadrol on muscle strength and lean body mass in older adults.

After the 12-week trial was completed, the group taking 100 milligrams (mg) of Anadrol daily gained an average of 9.26 pounds of muscle. Those taking Anadrol also experienced fat loss and improved power during weightlifting compared to those taking placebo.

A 2013 clinical trial tested the effects of Anadrol on muscle strength and muscle growth in patients with kidney dysfunction.

Lean muscle mass and handgrip strength improved in the Anadrol group, and there was also a decrease in fat mass compared to those taking placebo.

Anadrol has also been studied for potential benefits to insulin and blood sugar.

A clinical trial published in the Clinical Nephrology journal found that Anadrol normalized insulin function in patients with kidney disorder compared to placebo.

Based on the available research and its chemical nature, we consider Anadrol likely to increase muscle mass, decrease fat mass and increase muscle strength.

Most clinical trials on this compound are in population groups with health disorders, but the same effects are expected in healthy adults due to the fact that Anadrol is an anabolic steroid.

But how do real Anadrol users describe the effects of the drug? We’ll review in the next section.

Real Anadrol User Reviews

A YouTube creator named “Formula SEC INITIATED” shared his personal experience using Anadrol:

A TikTok user named David J Rau explained the effects Anadrol had on his strength and included images:

@davidj.rau Replying to @brandon.baldwin95 Feels like I have SUPER STRENGTH… 😌#davidjrau ♬ original sound - David J Rau

Is Anadrol Dangerous?

The side effects of Anadrol are well-documented in medical studies.

A 2001 medical review documented side effects of Anadrol, with liver damage being described as the primary risk. The study authors described cholestatic jaundice, a condition where liver bile flow slows or stops, to be the “most important hepatic side effect.”

Anabolic steroid use is generally dangerous. As we documented in our review of another steroid called Superdrol, steroid users were shown in one study to die at three times the rate of non-users.

A 2018 case study documented a patient who experienced kidney failure due to use of Anadrol. The man was 33 years old and was experiencing abdominal pain along with changes to urine color.

Upon examination, doctors found that his kidneys were failing due to Anadrol use, but thankfully his condition normalized and he survived after quitting the drug.

Due to the potential for severe side effects from Anadrol use, we would strongly advise patients to speak with their doctor prior to taking this drug.

But how does Anadrol compare with other steroids? We’ll review in the next section.

Anadrol vs. Other Steroids

All anabolic steroids are likely to increase muscle mass due to their chemical nature, but some are better-studied than others for having this effect.

Trenbolone, better known as tren, is the only steroid that we could find clinical backing for in a healthy patient population. As we documented in our tren steroid review article, tren was clinically shown to increase muscle mass and muscle size in strength-trained athletes.

Most clinical trials on steroid use involve patient populations with health issues, due to the risk of side effects outweighing potential benefits in healthy patients or athletes in most cases.

Some popular steroids don’t have any studies proving their effects on muscle strength.

As we discussed in our Primobolan steroid review article, we couldn’t identify one single clinical trial proving the drug effective.

Overall, we consider Anadrol to have the second-most research backing (after tren) of all steroids we’ve analyzed on Illuminate Health.

Doctor Reviews Anadrol

A doctor and YouTube creator named “Anabolic Doc” reviewed the history, medical uses, side effects and muscle effects of Anadrol:

Is Anadrol Illegal in the US?

Anadrol is federally illegal in the US at the time of publishing this article. According to Wikipedia, it’s classified as a “Schedule III” substance under the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates possession and distribution of unapproved drugs.

According to the Justice Department, all anabolic steroids are currently illegal.

Due to its illegal status, individuals seeking Anadrol will be purchasing it on the black market, which may drastically increase the risk of counterfeit or harmful drugs because of the lack of oversight and testing.

Again, we advise patients to speak with their doctor before considering use of this drug, and we strongly advise against taking anabolic steroids.

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Conclusion

Anadrol is an anabolic steroid that may increase muscle mass, muscle strength and cause fat loss.

There is not much medical research proving steroids effective in athletes or healthy adults due to the risks of their use and their illegal status. However, due to their chemical nature, we can assume they’re likely to be effective for muscle gain.

Anadrol can cause liver and kidney failure, with liver damage being more common according to a medical review on the compound.

We do not advise use of anabolic steroids due to these health risks, and due to the fact that they’re currently illegal in the US.

Tren is the steroid that we could find the most clinical studies on, with Anadrol being second. Some steroids that are used recreationally don’t even appear to have been shown in medical trials to cause lean muscle gains.