List of commonly used Oral Anabolic Steroids for Bodybuilding

Methandienon (Dianabol)

Alternative Names


Proprietary Names

Anabol, Andoredan, Averbol, Bionabol, Chinlipan, Danabol, Dronabol, Encephan, Metabol, Metaboline, Metanabol, Methandon, Methandrostenolonum, Naposim, Nerobol, Pronabol, Reforvit-B, Stenolon, Trinergic, Vetanabol   

Vetinary (Injectable)

Anabolikum, Metandiabol.

Many users of this steroid have reported dramatic gains in both strength and size. However, it aromatises even at low dosages, with the development of gynaecomastia a common problem. Another common complaint is the problem of water retention, resulting in hypertension. Dianabol exerts a significant strain on the liver, with even relatively low dosages.

Female use of Dianabol can result in virilisation due to its androgenic properties. Masculinising effects can occur even at low dosages in some women who are particularly sensitive to androgens.

Oxandrolone (Anavar)

Proprietary Names

Anatrophill, Anavar, Antitriol, Lipidex, Lonavar, Oxandrin, Protivar, Vasorome

Oxandrolone (Anavar) has relatively low androgenic properties, with little aromatisation in males. It has a reputation for increasing strength but not size. It is popular with women because of its low incidence of side effects due to virilisation, however some cases of facial hair growth and deepening of the voice have been reported following prolonged dosages. Gastrointestinal irritation, including pain and diarrhoea are commonly reported side effects in both male and female users and there is potential for liver damage.

Oxymetholone (Anadrol)

Proprietary Names

Adroyd, Anadrol, Anadrol 50, Anadroyd,  Anasterona, Anasteronal, Anasterone, Anapolon, Anapalon 50, Androlic, Androyd, Hemogenin, Nastenon, Oxybolone, Oxitoland, Oxitosona, Oxyanabolic, Plenastril, Protanabol, Roboral, Roborol, Synasterobe, Synasteron, Zenalosyn


Oxymetholone (Anadrol), a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and is commonly recognised as the strongest oral anabolic steroid available. It is both highly anabolic and androgenic and is toxic to the liver. There have been many reports of acne and hair loss (due to high levels of DHT) in addition to its strong association with liver damage, jaundice and gynaecomastia. There have also been reports of headaches and stomach pains. There is substantial evidence of loss of size and weight, which has been attributed to the drug being too hard on the body. Very few women are able to tolerate oxymetholone due to its virilising effects. There have also been links between Oxymetholone treatment and the development of leukaemia.

Stanozolol (Winstrol)

Alternative Names

Androstanazole, Methylstanazole

Proprietary Names

Anaysynth, Menabol, Neurabol, Stanol, Stanozolol, Stanztab, Stromba, Strombaject, Tevabolin, Winstrol, Winstrol Depot


Stanabolic, Stanazol, Stargate, Sungate, Winstrol-V

Stanozolol (Winstrol), when given for prolonged periods, has been associated with liver toxicity and has a reputation for causing gastrointestinal discomfort. Tablets are often taken in divided doses to reduce the gastric irritation. This practice is popular
with female users, as it reduces the risks of virilisation.

Methenolone Acetate (Primabolan)

Alternative Names

Metenolone Acetate

Proprietary Names

Primobolan, Primobolan S, Primonabol, Nibal


Primobolan causes very little aromatisation, water retention or liver damage. It is generally considered to be one of the safest oral anabolic steroids. Muscle gains are reported to be slow to develop but of good quality.

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