Sustanon belongs to synthetic analogues of Testosterone. As you know, Testosterone is the main androgen, the male sex hormone secreted by the testes.
The lack of natural testosterone (hypogonadism) is accompanied by impaired growth,puberty and the formation of secondary male sexual characteristics, osteoporosis, erectile dysfunction, immunodeficiency.
Accordingly, Sustanon can be used as a replacement therapy for these conditions.
In addition, Sustanon, like any androgenic drug, stimulates protein anabolism (formation), which is accompanied by increased muscle growth. This effect is due to the great popularity of Sustanon among bodybuilders.
Although popularity is due not only to this. The bottom line is that Sustanon is a composite (i.e., complex, combined) tool. Testosterone in it is represented by 4 esters:
1) Testosterone Propionate
2) Testosterone phenylpropionate
3) Testosterone isocapronate
4) Testosterone Decanoate
Why is Testosterone in Sustanon not found in its natural form, but in ether compounds, and there are several of these ether compounds? Everything is quite complicated, and at the same time very simple:
Natural Testosterone is absorbed into the bloodstream relatively quickly, and is destroyed just as quickly. Therefore, to achieve the desired result, multiple injections of Testosterone would be required, which could not but affect the body in the most negative way. Esters are poorly soluble in water (and in blood plasma too). From a chemical point of view, esters are a rather complex hydrogen-carbon chain. The addition of this chain to Testosterone (esterization) makes it insoluble in blood plasma. Accordingly, the testosterone ester breaks up more slowly, “lives” longer in the muscles, where it exerts its anabolic effect.
There are a great variety of ethers , it all depends on the length of the molecular chain. And, the longer this chain, the worse the solubility, the longer the ether compound remains. What will happen if we combine several testosterone esters with different half-lives (the time for which half of the existing substance is lost) and the time of peak (maximum) plasma concentration? An interesting result. The amount of testosterone in the blood plasma and tissues will be unchanged for a long period of time. During this period, several episodes of peak concentrations of Testosterone will be observed.
In this case, the so-called “Steroid pits” – episodes of a sharp decrease in the level of Testosterone in the body and the associated undesirable effects in the form of metabolic disorders, severe weakness, decreased muscle strength and overall performance, digestive disorders.
Esters of Testosterone mutually potentiate each other. This means that the activity of Sustanon is higher than the total activity of all the esters contained in it taken separately.
The composite composition of Sustanon creates a wide field for improvisation with dosages and the regimen of administration of this drug.
The presence of testosteronein the form of ether compounds slows its aromatization. The bottom line is that the male hormone Testosterone under the action of the aromatase enzyme undergoes aromatization, and turns into the female hormone Estradiol. It should be noted that a small amount of estradiol is always present in the male body. Estradiol inhibits atherosclerosis, and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in men. But if the amount of Estradiol exceeds the permissible physiological level, the consequences are not long in coming. These are gynecomastia (breast enlargement), erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and a high risk of cancer. And water also accumulates in the muscles – impressive, at first glance, muscles, in fact, it is mainly represented not by protein, but by liquid. It is these undesirable effects that many modern bodybuilding preparations “sin”. And the same effects in Sustan are minimized.
Best analogues of Sustanon
Of course, such a drug will certainly be in demand among body builders (English literal translation of bodybuilding). And demand, as everyone knows, creates supply. Today in the consumer market Sustanon can be bought in the form of a number of drugs. All of them can differ from each other both in composition and in dosages:
Sustanon 250. The most common drug based on Sustanon. Presented in 1 ml ampoules, which contains 250 mg of the active substance of Sustanon in the form of a mixture of the following esters:
- Testosterone Propionate – 30 mg
- Testosterone Phenylpropionate – 60 mg
- Testosterone Isocaproate – 60 mg
- Testosterone Decanoate – 100 mg.
In addition to these active substances, Sustanon 250 contains peanut butter (solvent) and benzyl alcohol (preservative). Like any oil solution, Sustanon 250 is administered only intramuscularly, preferably deep into the gluteal muscle. At the injection site, the formation of infiltrates is possible, resolving independently after a few days. The recommended dosage is 250-500 mg (1-2 ml) for 7-10 days. The course accounts for 5-6 injections of the drug. At the same time, within a month, it is possible to achieve a gain in muscle mass of up to 6 kg.
Some bodybuilders recommend weekly (or even daily) injections of up to 1000 mg of the drug. However, it is necessary to exceed the dosage with extreme caution. Still, Sustanon has inherent side effects of androgens in the form of aromatization and the associated gynecomastia, water retention and a deficiency of testosterone. In women taking Sustanon, verification is possible – the appearance of masculine features in appearance. In order to maximally eliminate the side effects of Sustanon 250, it is recommended to take it with some hormonal drugs and other types of anabolic steroids.
The drug is produced by the Dutch pharmaceutical company Organon and its many subsidiaries located in different countries, in particular in Egypt and Pakistan.
Sustanon 100. As the name implies, this is a low-dose version of Sustanon, where the active substance is contained in a smaller amount – 100 mg. Accordingly, in smaller quantities, essential ingredients are contained here, and Testosterone decanoate is absent altogether. The content of the remaining ethers is equal to:
- Testosterone Propionate – 20 mg
- Testosterone Isopropionate – 40 mg
- Testosterone Isocaproate – 40 mg.
The recommended dosage is 200-600 mg per week. The effect and side effects are similar to those of Sustanon 250. The drug was produced by the Organon company for a certain period of time. Currently discontinued. Therefore, having seen this drug on sale, one can talk about a fake or an expired product removed from dusty storage shelves.
Omnadren 250. One of the analogues of Sustanon, which can rightfully be called his “younger brother.” This drug, like Sustanon 250, is a composition of testosterone esters. The amount of active substance is the same here – 250 mg. And the ingredients are almost the same:
- Testosterone Propionate – 30 mg
- Testosterone Phenylpropionate – 60 mg
- Testosterone Isocaproate – 60 mg
- Testosterone caproate – 100 mg.
“Almost” implies that the decanoate is replaced by caproate. The half-life of caproate is less than that of decanoate. Accordingly, Omnadren is more rapidly absorbed and utilized faster than Sustanon. The effect of aromatization is more pronounced here. And accordingly, the side effects associated with this are more pronounced. Nevertheless, a dosage of 250-750 mg (1-3 ml.) Intramuscularly for a week is considered quite acceptable for the successful building of muscle mass. The drug is produced by the Polish pharmaceutical company Polfa.
Sustamed 250. In fact, this same Sustanon 250, only under a different name. The drug is produced in Moldova by Balcan Pharmaceuticals. The dosage and ingredients are exactly the same as Sustanon 250. Accordingly, the desired and side effects are the same. Although the cost of Sustamed is significantly lower than Sustanon.
Apparently, the absence of “branding” and the lesser-known name of the manufacturer are affected. The products of this company do not contain Sustanon, and in general in no way refers to anabolic steroids.
Joint Another Moldovan drug from Vermodje. In fact, Sustavera, like the previous drug, is a generic Sustanon 250. The dosages are the same, but at a very reasonable price.
Durandron 250. This is also Sustanon 250, manufactured by Organon in Spain.
Sustabol 250. The dosage and set of Testosterone esters here are the same as in Sustanon 250. The only difference is in the packaging – instead of 1 ml ampoules here are 10 ml bottles. Accordingly, the cost of Sustabol will be higher than that of Sustanon 250 and its analogues. But in terms of 1 ml, Sustabol will be relatively inexpensive. This will significantly save money with intensive administration of the drug. This product is manufactured by Thai British Dragon Pharmaceuticals and Indian Lyka Labs Ltd.
Sustaretard 250. This is an Indian Sustanon, manufactured by V.M. Pharmaceuticals There is no license agreement between this company and the Dutch Organon. Therefore, the Indians and produce Sustanon under the generic name. The content of the active substance and the proportions of the ingredients are completely the same as in Sustanon 250. But the cost is cheaper.
Sustanoliq-260. Chinese Sustanon manufactured by G-Tech Pharmaceuticals. The ester content here is the same as that of Sustanon 250. True, the cost of Sustanolic is slightly higher than the cost of many medicinal analogues of Sustanon.
MX-197. This is a combination drug. As already mentioned, Sustanon, with all its effectiveness, is still not without certain side effects. In order to minimize these effects, it is recommended that you simultaneously take Sustanon and some other anabolic steroids. Specialists of the Chinese pharmaceutical company MaxProPharma went to meet the consumer, and released the MX-197 combination drug. This product is intended for intramuscular administration, and is packaged in 10 ml vials. Each vial contains:
- Sustanon 250 mg – 4 ml . Here, Testosterone esters are in a more dissolved state (instead of 1 ml – 4 ml). Therefore, absorption is slower, and the effect is longer.
- Nandrolone decanoate 250 mg – 3 ml . A drug with pronounced anabolic activity. When used, muscle building is accompanied by the strengthening of bones and ligaments. And this is important in bodybuilding. In addition, Nandrolone almost does not aromatize. This tool along with an increase in muscle strength increases endurance and reduces the recovery time of the field of physical activity.
- Trenbolone 75 mg – 3 ml . Another anabolic steroid. It also increases muscle strength and stamina. But does it as soon as possible. In this regard, the administration of Trenbolone was recommended shortly before sports competitions (provided that the doping test will not be carried out very carefully).
The recommended dosage of MX-197 is from 1 to 5 ml per week by intramuscular injection. Due to the fact that the process of aromatization during its use is minimized, water in the body does not linger, and the muscles are bumpy. MX-197 is recommended for beginner bodybuilders as well as for experienced athletes.
In addition to the above drugs, a large number of composite essential Testosterones are presented on the pharmaceutical market. Among them:
- Test 400
- Equity Test
- And many others.
These drugs can hardly be called even the generic analogues of Sustanon. After all, the dosages and ingredients here may differ significantly from this drug. In some funds, the amount of esters contained is frankly off scale. Many of these esters are recommended for use in veterinary practice, and their effect on the human body has not been investigated. Accordingly, these drugs are not officially approved for use, and are distributed exclusively on the black market, which comes mainly from Asian countries.
Nevertheless, it is better not to experiment with your health, and choose the original patented product – Sustanon 250, produced by the Dutch company Organon or its branches. But even in these cases, it is necessary to consult a sports doctor regarding the dosages and regimen of the drug. After all, intervention in the natural hormonal background never goes without consequences.