Oral vs. injectable Steroids
A question that comes up on steroid forums more than any other, it a choice between oral and injectable steroids. Athletes want to know which compound to choose in which situation to reduce the possibility of side effects and maximize the best overall results. Let’s take a look at the similarities and differences with regards to oral vs. injectable steroids.
Oral steroids come in tablet or liquid suspension forms. Some of the most common examples include Anadrol, Winstrol, Anavar, Dianabol, and Halotestin. They require a daily dosing (all at once or broken down into more doses throughout the day) and they are generally the most toxic for the liver (hepatotoxic) of all of the steroids available. Furthermore, oral steroids promote significant bloating, high blood pressure, and headaches. But when it comes to promoting massive gains in short order, expert steroid users all agree that there is nothing like a powerful oral steroid. Therefore, many bodybuilders prefer oral steroids over their injectable counterparts.
Injectable steroids must be injected subcutaneously or intramuscularly. Most of them will require less frequent dosing than their oral counterparts do. The frequency depends primarily on the steroid’s half-life. Some popular examples of injectable steroids include Trenbolone, Deca Durabolin, and Winstrol Depot (Winstrol is available in both forms). Their side effects vary based on the exact compound. In general, injectable steroids are not as hepatotoxic as oral steroids are. Long-time users prefer injectable steroids for their higher quality gains over time and they agree that there is nothing like them when it comes to cutting cycles.
Which Steroids Come in which Forms?
Almost all steroids come in an oral form, but they are not as bioavailable as their injectable counterparts. You may find someone selling injectable Anavar or Dianabol. It is very likely that these were made in underground labs rather than pharmaceutical companies. It is up to you whether you trust the manufacturer or the seller.
Which Should You Choose?
Oral and injectable steroids both have their benefits and side effects. Oral steroids offer huge gains in short periods of time, while injectable steroids offer smaller, yet higher quality gains over longer periods of time. Most of the athletes who utilize anabolic steroids will actually use both during a cycle. They will start out with one of the oral steroids for a “kick-start” of their gains, and then they will switch over to an injectable, just before the side effects of oral steroids become too much to handle. This way, they will enjoy quick gains from the start, and then turn them into lean muscle without much water retention throughout the rest of the cycle.
Considerations when Choosing Your Steroid
Before you decide on oral vs. injectable steroids, the most important thing to do is think about all the pros and cons. Think about your unique needs and goals alongside with the recommendations of others. It may seem that injectable steroid is the best for your needs, but if it isn’t available, or if it is outside your budget, then it just isn’t right for you. Here are some things to consider:
- Your privacy.
Most athletes who use anabolic steroids like to do it privately and discreetly. If you are frequently away from home, then injectable steroids may not be the right choice for you. Some athletes would have no issue with taking their steroids with them to hotels, but many simply prefer oral steroids because they are more discreet and offer them more privacy.
- Ease of use.
For many athletes, injections are too difficult to measure, prepare and inject. The margin for error is larger with injectable steroids. That means you can make an error in filling your syringe or even when injecting. Pills eliminate some of these potential issues, which is yet another reason why some people prefer them.
- Frequency of dosing.
If you dislike taking a daily dose of a medication, then injectable steroids may be the better choice for your needs. Most would need only every-other-day or twice-weekly dosing rather than every day dosing or even multiple doses per day.
The availability of the steroid and also the availability of syringes and other accessories you will need to take the steroid safely should be considered. Aside from availability, your budget should also be considered when it comes to the cost of syringes along with the cost of your steroids.
- Personal preference.
Finally, think about your personal preference and previous experience with anabolic steroids. If a different steroid is recommended to you but you know what you prefer, think about what you like and how your body will react. What works well for one person may not work as well for you.
The Winner: Injectable Steroids
Anabolic steroid users will almost unanimously agree, that injectable steroids are the better choice for some of their benefits like:
- Fewer (or more tolerable) undesirable side effects.
- Better libido.
- Better for the liver.
- Longer time to develop muscles and maintain gains.
- Better overall sense of well-being.
- Less expense.
- Less frequent dosing.
Athletes who prefer injectable steroids will often use the oral kick-start method to really enhance their cycles, especially when it comes to bulking. That is due to the fact that injectable steroids do take longer to come to peak concentration and therefore take longer to provide results, so starting out with an oral steroid can enhance the results and help you stay motivated.
When it comes to deciding between oral vs. injectable steroids, the injectable steroids are the clear winners. However, there is a time and a place for oral steroids, namely at the front of a cycle to help kick-start gains.