Deca-Durabolin, chemical name – Nandrolone, is one of the most popular anabolic steroids amongst bodybuilders and athletes across the world. Deca-Drabolin is a 19-Nortestosterone derived steroid, which is the same family as Trenbolone. Deca-Durabolin often referred to as “Deca” by the steroid taking community is a mild androgen compared to other anabolic steroids when taken. With an anabolic and androgenic ratio of 125:37 it’s obvious to see why it’s a mild anabolic steroid. Deca-Durabolin also converts to estrogen (aromatases) very slowly, around 20% of the rate Testosterone converts to estrogen, so again, we can see why this is a mild anabolic steroids when taken in sensible doses. A favourite of Arnold back in the day with Dianabol, it’s an effective steroid used for mass and bulking cycles and stacks but must be used at the right dose, with the right drugs to counter its side effects and for a limited time. Generally, Deca Durabolic is used in the offseason by bodybuilders because of its ability to add mass, which includes muscle and water retention to the users frame. Deca is a versatile compound (Nandrolone) which can in fact be used as part of a bulker or cutter, depending on the user’s goals, diet, training and which Nandrolone preparation they want to use.
Nandrolone, the parent hormone of Deca-Durabolin, comes in two widely available formats. The first long acting version of Nandrolone is – Deca-Durabolin. This is Nandrolone with the Deconoate ester attached which keeps it active for 18-21 days in the blood stream where it exerts its effects. Because of its long half-life (due to the ester) it can be injected as infrequently as twice per week as an effective dose. For those taking lower doses to suit their goals, once per week injections can suffice. Deca Durabolin will yield large amounts of mass in users and often water retention is evident. This is a positive factor when wanting to bulk for bodybuilders during their offseason growth stages. Water retention may increase blood pressure, so adequate steps need to be taken. Deca-Durabolin, like any anabolic steroid, is not without side effects and Deca can yield some nasty permanent side effects in males if caution is not taken with its length of use. The side effects associated with Deca-Durabolin will be discussed in much more detail in the relevant section of this site.
The second Nandrolone preparation is Nandrolone Phenylpropionate or – NPP. Which is the fast acting version and after administration last for around 4-5 days. In this short time it would have entered, become active, exerted its effects, the exited the system almost entirely. This anabolic steroid is best used as part of a cutting cycle and will not yield as much water retention as Deca-Durabolin. NPP comes in products containing about 100-150mg per ml of oil, which is similar to Deca-Durabolin when pharmaceutical grade. NPP is still a relatively safe anabolic steroid and can be used as part of a short bulker or when goals permit excess body fat to be cut, such as pre-competittion or loss of fat for the summer. NPP is popular used with other short acting steroids, such as, Testosterone Propionate, Trenbolone and Winstrol. Its best administered every 1-2 days at most due to its short acting life. Like Deca-Durabolin, NPP has side effects, but to learn further about these, check the Deca-Durabolin Side Effects page as the parent hormone – Nandrolone, is still the same.
Because Deca-Durabolin is one of the most popular anabolic steroids, along with Sustanon 250, it’s unfortunately widely fakes, mislabelled and counterfeited. Both pharmaceutical grade versions and Underground Lab (UGL) versions exist and are easy to obtain by local or internet based steroid dealers and sources. Norma manufacturer Deca-Durabolin in a 100mg/ml preparation, which is quite low dosed nowadays compared to other UGL products on the black market. Deca-Durabolin by UGL’s ranges from 200mg/ml to around 300-400mg/ml by some brands, but you can never be sure you’re getting exactly what’s labelled. Deca is not one of the cheapest anabolic steroids either, for the gains you get, yes, it’s a good purchase. Slow a steady gains is what you will experience, although the initial mass may be water retention due to Nandrolone increasing nitrogen retention in muscle tissue when used. This can occur in both the short and long acting formats and is fairly hard to control as estrogen is not the only culprit when it comes to combatting water weight. If you want additional mass due to sports or your goals permit, then Deca-Durabolin is a good choice. Strength gains are dramatic and Deca-Durabolin is often stacked with other potent anabolic steroids to maximize the cycle such as Dianabol and Testosterone Enanthate. Deca-Durabolin has been labelled as a “mass” steroid and for good reasoning. Even used in low doses, mass on Deca is obtainable when used for long enough. Deca-Durabolin with the Deconoate ester attached will stay active for 18-21 days (depending on dose and length of use) so it’s advised that Deca is used for a minimum of 10 weeks. This will allow for stable blood levels to be reached at their highest, which means gains will come thick and fast with a low incidence of side effects. For more information on how to cycle Deca-Durabolin, where to buy Deca-Durabolin, including legal status, the side effects of Deca-Durabolin and how best to cycle Deca-Durabolin – read on.