Maximizing Muscle Gains: Dianabol Cycle Tips and Tricks

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Utilizing a Dianabol cycle regimen is exceedingly common in the bodybuilding sphere, prized for its efficacy in muscle mass accumulation.

Dianabol (Methandrostenolone) has soared to prominence as the foremost mass-gaining steroid globally, beloved since the celebrated golden era when notable Austrian athletes would incorporate it into their off-season routine.

In 1955, Dr. John Ziegler developed Dianabol intending to propel the American Olympic team to victory over the Soviet athletes. Although the American team did not outperform their Soviet counterparts, Dr. Ziegler succeeded in creating a steroid that would leave an indelible mark on athletic performance and bodybuilding.

Today, Dbol enjoys widespread popularity, with many enthusiasts at your neighborhood bodybuilding gym likely incorporating it into their regimens, if they haven’t tried it already.

How to maximize gains with Dianabol cycle:

For extraordinary muscle and strength building, Dianabol stands out, rivaling perhaps only Anadrol, based on what we’ve observed.

The oral administration of Dianabol makes it particularly appealing to those who refrain from frequent injections.

This article will disclose precise dosing, cycle duration, stacking possibilities, and PCT protocols for Dianabol that aim to optimize results while reducing the adverse effects associated with Dbol usage.

Only Dianabol Cycle

Individuals often embark on a Dianabol-only cycle after previous exposure to Testosterone or Anavar, which are considered gentler and more suitable for beginners.

For unparalleled results in the initial steroid cycle, some may choose Dianabol monotherapy; however, testosterone is generally recommended for novices seeking significant muscle gains with a reduced impact on liver health and cholesterol levels.

Dianabol use by first-timers has been associated with up to 30 lbs of weight gain and considerable strength improvements (an increase of over 50 lbs in compound exercises).

Only Dianabol Cycle (For Beginners)


Ideal for those new to steroids and preferring not to inject, this cycle leverages Dbol as a powerful agent for muscle gain at conservative dosages to limit any adverse effects.

Only Dianabol Cycle (For Intermediates)


Building on the base established by the beginner’s cycle, this intermediate regimen introduces slightly higher dosages, anticipating enhanced muscle growth and strength gains, with an accompanying increase in side effects.

Post these introductory cycles, a tolerated dose escalation to 30mg daily can continue the progress, if the user responds well.

Advanced practitioners, with a history of Dianabol and other potent steroid use, may opt for increased dosages (up to 50 mg/day), extending the cycle to 8 weeks for maximal mass gains, despite potential drawbacks.

Liver Support

  • TUDCA: 500mg/day
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Given that Dianabol is a c-17 alpha-alkylated steroid that undergoes liver metabolism, it can exert a substantial toll on this organ. For most, this isn’t a severe concern due to the liver’s remarkable regenerative capabilities. As a result, many users find that liver enzyme levels normalize post-cycle even without liver support supplements.

Nevertheless, some bodybuilders choose to mitigate any hepatotoxic risks by incorporating liver support.

Research suggests that TUDCA, a natural bile salt that facilitates liver function and bile flow, can be very effective. While the liver contains TUDCA in minor amounts naturally, supplemental intake can be beneficial.

Studies have shown significant reductions in liver enzyme levels indicative of stress in patients who consumed 500mg of TUDCA daily for three months (1), with our observations echoing these findings.

Milk thistle, containing the antioxidant silymarin, has been used with success to detoxify the liver and neutralize free radicals, though its efficacy requires further investigation in humans (2).

Anecdotally, we regard TUDCA as the superior liver support compound, with milk thistle serving as a secondary choice or complementary supplement.


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  • HCG: 2000 IU every other day for 20 days

Due to the suppressive nature of Dianabol on endogenous testosterone production (3), PCT becomes essential. The external administration of high testosterone levels signals the testes to halt natural synthesis, necessitating post-cycle therapy.As a result, ceasing the use of Dianabol often leads to a suppression of testosterone production. This can contribute to decreased immunity, energy, libido, mood, and affect sexual functionality. Additionally, reduced testosterone creates an environment more prone to muscle breaking down, potentially diminishing the muscle gains achieved during the steroid cycle.

To mitigate these negative effects, Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) has been found to be beneficial in accelerating the restoration of natural testosterone levels.

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is regularly employed as a treatment for hypogonadism, facilitating the recovery of testosterone levels and sperm production, thereby decreasing the chances of infertility.

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Initiation of PCT should commence once Dianabol is completely eliminated from the system. This can be calculated by multiplying its maximum half-life, 6 hours, by 5.5.

Therefore, it is advised to begin PCT 33 hours following the last administered dose of Dianabol.

Estrogen Management

  • Nolvadex: 10–30 mg daily


  • Clomid: 50–100 mg daily

Due to its propensity to induce water retention and bloating, Dianabol—a ‘wet’ steroid—is often preferred for use in the off-season, allowing for discreet bulking beneath casual attire rather than during beach season where the body is more exposed.

Fluid retention from Dianabol is a result of aromatization, the conversion process of testosterone into estrogen. Another result of increased estrogen levels is gynecomastia, the development of breast tissue in men.

For the prevention of gynecomastia, our patients are administered either an AI (aromatase inhibitor) or a SERM (selective estrogen receptor modulator).

An AI inhibits the conversion of testosterone to estrogen, reducing estrogenic effects. However, AIs can elevate both cholesterol levels and blood pressure and are therefore less desirable during a cycle when blood pressure is already elevated.

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SERMs, conversely, specifically block estrogen in breast tissue—rather than halting its overall production. This approach prevents drastic decreases in estrogen levels, thus maintaining better cholesterol levels while still significantly lowering the risk of gynecomastia. Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and Clomiphene (Clomid) are two primary drugs utilized in averting Dianabol-induced gynecomastia.

Blood Pressure Management

  • Fish oil: 3 g daily

An increase in bad cholesterol (LDL), a decrease in good cholesterol (HDL), and significant water retention, are common in users of Dianabol. These factors contribute to heightened blood pressure.

Studies indicate that daily consumption of 3g of omega-3 fatty acids over an 8-week period can significantly reduce blood pressure compared to a control group.

However, individuals with a predisposition for low blood pressure should avoid fish oil, as it could exacerbate their condition.

Deca Durabolin and Dianabol Cycle

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Believed to be a favorite combination of Arnold Schwarzenegger himself, this pairing is notorious for generating significant mass gains and was pivotal for his Mr. Olympia successes. Since the 1970s, this cycle has been replicated by many bodybuilders due to its legendary status.

Deca Durabolin acts as an ideal partner to Dianabol, being a milder injectable steroid that doesn’t contribute additional strain to the liver.

Adding Deca Durabolin further enhances strength and size acquisitions, although this comes with the drawbacks of even lower testosterone levels after the cycle, more pronounced water retention, and a heightened risk of gynecomastia.

This coupling is noted for its minimal impact on hair loss, with both Dianabol and Deca exerting only slight androgenic effects, therefore not excessively elevating DHT levels.

Deca and Dianabol Cycle (For Intermediate Users)

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This cycle is tailored for those who have previously used steroids, including Dianabol, and have shown good tolerance. The inclusion of Deca is not expected to significantly worsen side effects; however, a more comprehensive PCT might be required to fully restore sexual functionality and testosterone levels.

Prolactin Control

  • Dostinex: 0.5–1 mg weekly

During this cycle, ‘Deca dick’, a slang term for impotence, might be experienced. This is attributable to Deca Durabolin’s tendency to increase prolactin levels, a protein hormone.

Elevated prolactin can result in erectile dysfunction, diminished libido, and gynecomastia.

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To counter these concerns in a Dbol and Deca regimen, it is possible to administer Dostinex (Cabergoline), a medication that acts as a dopamine agonist and is used to treat high prolactin levels.

Bodybuilders may opt to procure Dostinex from unregulated sources before experiencing an increase in prolactin levels, using it at the onset of their Deca cycle.

Our standard prescription for Dostinex is two doses of 0.25–0.5 mg per week.

Estrogen Management

  • Nolvadex: 10–30 mg daily

Liver Support

  • TUDCA: 500 mg daily

Blood Pressure Management

  • Fish oil: 3 g daily.

Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT)

  • hCG: 2000 IU on alternating days for a duration of 20 days
  • Clomid (Clomiphene Citrate): 100 mg daily (split into 2 doses of 50 mg each) for 30 days
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This protocol signifies a more intensive PCT approach than what is typical following a cycle of Dianabol alone.

Testosterone and Dianabol Cycle


Caution: This regimen is not suitable for first-time users.

Dianabol (Dbol) and Testosterone are structurally similar, with Dr. Ziegler’s mission to develop a compound that surpassed Testosterone. His aim was to aid the American Olympic squad in outperforming the USSR athletes, who utilized Testosterone.

Dbol was the result of Dr. Ziegler’s efforts, offering a stronger anabolic profile than Testosterone with fewer masculinizing effects, thereby reducing the risk of enlargement of the prostate, hair loss, and acne.

Despite these differences, Testosterone is a potent muscle and strength builder, nearly matching Dianabol’s effectiveness. Consequently, combining these two steroids can lead to remarkable gains in size and strength.

The use of Testosterone can precipitate flagged levels of natural Testosterone following a cycle, along with heightened risks of gynecomastia and fluid retention.

Therefore, meticulous estrogen management and proactive PCT are critical after completing the cycle to restore and maintain hormonal balance.

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Significant elevations in blood pressure can ensue from this cycle, primarily due to an increase in LDL cholesterol. To counter this, limiting salt intake and engaging in regular cardiovascular exercise are advised, alongside recommended fish oil supplementation.

Testosterone can be utilized in various ester forms, with Cypionate and Enanthate being the most commonly used due to cost-effectiveness and the reduced need for frequent injections.

Extra Supplementation:

  • TUDCA: 500 mg per day (for liver support)
  • Fish Oil: 3 g per day (for blood pressure management)
  • Nolvadex: 30 mg per day (for estrogen control)
  • hCG: 2000 IU on alternating days for 20 days; Plus Clomid: 100 mg daily (in 2 doses of 50 mg) for 30 days (for PCT).

Anadrol and Dianabol Cycle


Warning: Intended only for experienced steroid users.

Dianabol alongside Anadrol forms one of the most formidable mass-building steroid duos available.

Users can anticipate astonishing increases in strength with this powerful combination.

Anadrol, like Dianabol, is administrable orally, eliminating the need for injections.

But what’s the downside?

The adverse effects could severely impinge on your health. Subsequently, this cycle is not recommended from a health perspective. Abnormal liver readings and critical elevations in blood pressure are common issues.

Unless your health is impeccable, it’s advisable to avoid this cycle.

Additional Supplementation:

  • TUDCA: 500 mg per day (for liver support)
  • Fish Oil: 3 g per day (for blood pressure management)
  • Nolvadex: 30 mg per day (for estrogen control)
  • hCG: 2000 IU on alternating days for 20 days; Plus clomid: 100 mg daily (in 2 doses of 50 mg) for 30 days (for PCT).


Is Dianabol Safe?

Inherent risks exist with the usage of any anabolic steroid, particularly concerning cardiovascular health.

The oral administration of anabolic steroids further increases the risk of liver damage, making cautious dosing and the use of protective supplements prudent.

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Dianabol is a potent steroid, thus posing significant risks for novice users. Conscientious users have been observed taking moderate doses with sufficient intervals between cycles and maintaining general good health. Yet, as the number and duration of steroid cycles increase, the risk of cardiac and liver issues also increases.


Conducting an effective Dianabol cycle is complex; pair it with compatible steroids for remarkable gains in muscle and strength.

Missteps such as combining it with incompatible steroids or excessive dosing may lead to liver damage or cardiac enlargement.

Based on our experience, the top three Dianabol regimens are:

  • Dbol Alone
  • Dbol with Deca
  • Dbol with Testosterone

Opting for more extreme combinations is generally not advisable due to the potential side effects outweighing the benefits. Individual responses to steroids vary, and so while Dianabol may be intense for one user, an experienced bodybuilder might tolerate daily doses of 50 mg.

Exercise caution if embarking on the mentioned cycles, ensuring to incorporate supplements that safeguard your heart, liver, and ongoing testosterone production.


(1) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0011393X05806599

(2) https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323114704_Influence_of_milk_thistle_pressed_parts_on_rats_liver_histology

(3) https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/00365517709100649

(4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6087849/

(5) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S003193849600409X

(6) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16083919/

(7) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4548432/

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1476085/

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Dr. Grant Fourie, a specialist in male hormones, is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He provides comprehensive treatments for conditions related to low testosterone, such as erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and mood changes. His methods include hormone replacement therapy and other modern treatment options.
Contact me via email or phone to book personal appointment in my clinic: The Village Square, Cape Town - South Africa


About Dr. Grant Fourie

Dr. Grant Fourie, a specialist in male hormones, is based in Cape Town, South Africa. He provides comprehensive treatments for conditions related to low testosterone, such as erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and mood changes. His methods include hormone replacement therapy and other modern treatment options. Contact me via email or phone to book personal appointment in my clinic: The Village Square, Cape Town - South Africa

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