Product name: Deca Durabolin
Chemical Structure: 17β-Hydroxyestra-4-en-3-one
Nandrolone (19-nortestosterone) is an anabolic steroid. Nandrolone is most commonly sold commercially as its decanoate ester (Deca-Durabolin) and less commonly as a phenylpropionate ester(Durabolin). Nandrolone decanoate is used in the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women (though now not recommended) at a dose of 50 mg every three weeks. It is also used for some aplastic anemias.
The positive effects of the drug include muscle growth, appetite stimulation and increased red blood cellproduction and bone density. Clinical studies have shown it to be effective in treating anaemia,osteoporosis and some forms of neoplasia including breast cancer, and also acts as a progestin-basedcontraceptive. For these reasons, in the United States nandrolone received FDA approval in 1983.
Because nandrolone is not broken down into DHT, the deleterious effects common to most anabolic steroids on the scalp, skin, and prostate are lessened to a degree; but is rather broken down to the much weaker androgen dihydronandrolone. The lack of alkylation on the 17α-carbon drastically reduces the drug’s liver toxicity. Estrogenic effects resulting from reaction with aromatase are also reduced due to lessened enzyme interaction, but effects such as gynaecomastia and reduced libido still occur in larger doses because of other mechanisms. Other side-effects of abuse can include erectile dysfunctionand cardiovascular damage, as well as several ailments resulting from the drug’s effect of lowering levels of luteinizing hormone through negative feedback. Erectile dysfunction is attributed to the weaker action of dihydronandrolone in the penis since dihydrotestosterone is a known sexual modulator.