Testoviron-250 (Testosterone enanthate)
Manufacturer: BM Pharmaceuticals
Substance: Testosterone enanthate
Package: 10 ampoules (250mg/ml)
Testosterone enanthate is an oil based injectable steroid, designed to release testosterone slowly from the injection site (depot). Once administered, serum concentrations of this hormone will rise for several days, and remain markedly elevated for approximately two weeks. It may actually take three weeks for the action of this drug to fully diminish. For medical purposes this is the most widely prescribed testosterone, used regularly to treat cases of hypogonadism and other disorders related to androgen deficiency. Since patients generally do not selfadminister such injections, a long acting steroid like this is a very welcome item. Therapy is clearly more comfortable in comparison to an ester like propionate, which requires a much more frequent dosage schedule. This product has also been researched as a possible male birth control options9. Regular injections will efficiently lower sperm production, a state that will be reversible when the drug is removed. With the current stigma surrounding steroids however, it is unlikely that such an idea would actually become an adopted practice.
Testosterone is a powerful hormone with notably prominent side effects. Much of which stem from the fact that testosterone exhibits a high tendency to convert into estrogen. Related side effects may therefore become a problem during a cycle. For starters, water retention can become quite noticeable. This can produce a clear loss of muscle definition, as subcutaneous fluids begin to build. The storage of excess body fat may further reduce the visibility of muscle features, another common problem with aromatizing steroids. The excess estrogen level during/after your cycle also has the potential to lead up to gynecomastia. Adding an ancillary drug like Nolvadex® and/or Proviron® is therefore advisable to those with a known sensitivity to this side effect. As discussed throughout this book, the antiaromatase Arimidex® is a much better choice. The expense of this drug unfortunately stops its use from becoming a widespread practice however. It is believed that the use of an antiestrogen can slightly lower the anabolic effect of most androgen cycles (estrogen and water weight are often thought to facilitate strength and muscle gain), so one might want to see if such drugs are actually necessary before committing to use. A little puffiness under the nipple is a sign that gynecomastia is developing. If this is left to further develop into pronounced swelling, soreness and the growth of small lumps under the nipples, some form of action should be taken immediately to treat it (obviously quitting the drug or adding ancillaries).
Being a testosterone product, all the standard androgenic side effects are also to be expected. Oily skin, acne, aggressiveness, facial/body hair growth and male pattern baldness are all possible. Older or more sensitive individuals might therefore choose to avoid testosterone products, and look toward milder anabolics like DecaDurabolin® or Equipoise® which produce fewer side effects. Others may opt to add the drug Proscar®/Propecia®, which will minimize the conversion of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). With blood levels of this metabolite notably reduced, the impact of related side effects should also be reduced. With strong bulking drugs however, the user will generally expect to incur strong side effects and will often just tolerate them. Most athletes really do not find the testosterones all that uncomfortable (especially in the face of the end result), as can be seen with the great popularity of such compounds.
Although this particular ester is active for a much longer duration, most athletes prefer to inject it on a weekly basis in order to keep blood levels more uniform. The usual dosage would be in the range of 250mg-750mg (200mg-800mg U.S. strength). This level is quite sufficient, and should provide the user a rapid gain of strength and body weight. Above this level estrogenic side effects will no doubt become much more pronounced, outweighing any new muscle that is possibly gained. Those looking for greater bulk would be better served by adding an oral like Anadrol 50® or Dianabol, combinations which prove to be nothing less than dramatic. If the athlete wishes to use a testosterone yet retain a level of quality and definition to the physique, an injectable anabolic like Deca-Durabolin® or Equipoise® may prove to be a better choice. Here we can use a lower dosage of enanthate, so as to gain an acceptable amount of muscle but keep the buildup of estrogen to a minimum. Of course the excess estrogen that is associated with testosterone makes it a bulking only drug, producing too much water (and fat) retention for use near contest time.
With the proper administration of ancillary drugs, much of the new muscle mass can be retained for a long time after the steroid cycle has been stopped. Those who rely solely on a fancy tapering-off schedule to accomplish this are likely to be disappointed. Although a common practice, this is really not an effective way to restore the hormonal balance.
On the black market, enanthate is probably the most commonly found ester of testosterone available. Currently the most popular products include the 200mg/ml Mexican generics from the veterinary firms Brovel and Tornel. Both come packaged in 10 ml vials, and offer excellent value for the amount of steroid included. Loeffler has offered a striking new product recently, a 250mg/ml enanthate in a similarly sized vial. Although not the highest dose of this steroid ever produced, it is certainly the only legitimate product containing 250m1 to be found in a container of this size. Primoteston from Mexico, Testoviron® from Schering in Spain and the French product Testosterone Heptylate Theramex also circulate inside the U.S. as well. Heptylate is not a unique ester of testosterone as described by other writers, as in fact it is simply another word for enanthate. Occasionally amps from other regions surface as well, which is to be expected with this ester as it is more widely produced than any other. The actually number of enanthate products made would be difficult to catalog here, and any comprehensive list would be almost impossible to keep current. The typical US black market price for a single 250mg ampule regardless of manufacturer is usually around.