With the structural (c17-AA) alteration, the tablets will place a higher level of stress on the liver than the injectable. During longer or higher dosed cycles, liver values should therefore be watched closely through regular blood work. Such stress would of course be amplified when adding other c17-AA oral compounds to a cycle of stanozolol. When using such combinations, cautious users would make every effort to limit the length of the cycle not to be longer than a maximum of 6-8 weeks. It is also of note that stanozolol has been linked to strong adverse changes in the cholesterol levels. This side effect is common with anabolic steroid therapy, and obviously can become a health concern as the dose/duration of intake increase above normal. The oral version should have a greater impact on cholesterol values than the injectable due to the method of administration, and may therefore be the worse choice of the two for those concerned of this side effect. The oral use of stanozolol can also have a profound impact on levels of SHBG (sex hormone-binding globulin). This is characteristic of all anabolic/androgenic steroids, however its potency and form of administration makes oral stanozolol particularly noteworthy in this regard. Since plasma binding proteins such as SHBG act to temporarily constrain steroid hormones from exerting activity, this effect would provide a greater percentage of free (unbound) steroid hormone in the body. This may amount to an effective mechanism in which stanozolol could increase the potency of a concurrently used steroid. Proviron has an extremely high affinity for SHBG. This affinity may cause Proviron to displace other weaker substrates for SHBG, another mechanism in which the free hormone level may be increased. Adding stanozolol and Proviron to a testosterone cycle may therefore prove very useful, markedly enhancing the free state of this potent muscle building androgen.
Although Winstrol does possess a weaker androgenic strength rating than Testosterone does, androgenic side effects are still a potential risk, though much lower, and may only effect users significantly if they are especially sensitive to androgens. Androgenic side effects can include increased oily skin and acne, hair growth on the body, MPB (male pattern baldness), and BPH (Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy). The use of a 5-alpha reductase (5AR) inhibitor, such as Finasteride, Dutasteride, Proscar, or Propecia will be completely ineffective here, as Winstrol does not convert into DHT.
In most cases a good Winstrol cycle will run for approximately 6-8 weeks at a dosing of 50mg every day. Some will find 50mg every other day to be all they need but as this anabolic steroid has a very short half-life, especially in tablet form daily administration is generally best. 50mg per day appears to be perfect for most any man regardless of his level of experience and we do not recommend going beyond the 8 week mark as this steroid is rather liver toxic. Winstrol is one of the more hepatic anabolic steroids we will ever use but thankfully if used responsibly the liver will return to normal values very quickly after use has been discontinued. The only exception we might make regarding the dose of a Winstrol cycle is for the competitive bodybuilder towards the very end of his contest prep cycle. Many bodybuilders find 100mg per day the last 10-14 days before a show to be very useful in-terms of really hardening them up before they step on stage; however, 14 days is the maximum recommended duration for such a dose due to the toxicity of this steroid.