The question about dosage – how much steroids should I take?

Obviously, there is not a single correct answer to this matter. For starters, it implies that a person does not have a health condition that might enhance the likelihood of a negative side effect. Though testosterone replacement treatment (TRT) and AAS usage were originally assumed to cause or aggravate prostate cancer and heart disease, it appears that this is not the case in levels that are within or close to the upper physiologic limit.

Research has demonstrated that when dosed at 125 mg of testosterone enanthate or cypionate weekly, testosterone levels are basically maintained at baseline in both young adults and older men, with statistically significant changes in muscle mass and strength. Increases in muscle growth and strength are dose-dependent when this is increased to 300mg or even 600mg weekly. Significant side effects, such as an increase in red blood cell mass, leg edema, and prostate events, were only observed in older males.

The most frequent dosage range reported by over 2,000 AAS users was 200 to 600 milligrams of testosterone weekly (52%), with another 32% reporting a dose range of 600 to 1,000 mg weekly. Only a few people reported using more than 1,400 mg of testosterone each week. This shows that in the “trial and error” lab of illegal usage, also known as bro-science, AAS abusers discovered the “sweet spot” for AAS to be in the range of 200 to 1,000 mg of testosterone weekly, which increases muscle development and strength with a limited (or tolerable) degree of side effects. The males who received a weekly dose of 600 milligrams gained 7.9 kg in fat-free mass, according to the previous dosing trials.

Everyone must wonder what is the right dosage to start with, how to adapt it in order to overcome plateaus, and, of course, how to avoid bad side effects. Some very important factors are the physical health of each individual, sex, age, and weight. There are, of course, maximum recommended clinical doses for every substance, but many bodybuilders exceed them even four times over.

Below are the clinical studied recommended dosages for some anabolic substances:

Route Substance Brand Names Therapeutic Dosage in Males
Oral Oxandrolone Anavar 2.5-20mg/day
Oral Metandienone Dianabol 5-10mg/day
Oral Oxymetholone Anadrol, Anapolon, Hemogenin 1-5mg per kg/day
Oral Stanozolol Winstrol, Stromba 2-6mg per day
Injection Nandrolone Decanoate Deca Durabolin 12.5-150mg every two weeks
Injection Testosterone Cypionate Deposteron, Andro-Cyp 50-400mg every 2-4 weeks
Injection Methenolone Enanthate Primobolan Depot, Rimobolan 100-200mg every 2 weeks
Injection Testosterone Undecanoate Nebido, Aveed, Jatenzo 1000mg every 10-14 weeks
Injection Stanozolol Winstrol Depot 50mg every 2-3 weeks

If you are a beginner or even intermediate in the sport and both training and diet are on point, taking too much will only increase side effects. Test slightly above natural levels plus a relatively safe hormone like deca, npp or primo, will promote an anabolic environment that is more than enough for the athlete to keep on growing slowly and steadily.

Marco D. Angelo

PhD in biochemistry, specialized in enzymology and metabolic biochemistry with a background in pharmacology, he works in a molecular biology laboratory and in his spare time works as a high-performance trainer in addition to assisting other coaches.