Nandrolone Decanoate (19-norandrost-4-en-3-one-17beta-ol, 17β-Hydroxyestra-4-en-3-one) sold under the brand name Deca Durabolin, is an injectable Anabolic Steroid. Typically referred to as Deca, this Steroid is one of the most popular Steroids in existence and usually forms part of a bulking stack. Released onto the market in 1962 as a prescription drug by pharmaceutical company Organon.
More anabolic than Testosterone, and less androgenic, makes this Steroid a very popular choice amongst athletes and bodybuilders who are looking to bulk up but are sensitive to highly Androgenic Steroids such as Testosterone and Dianabol, it is however not recommended to use this Steroid without Testosterone due to libido issues which may arise during the cycle.
Lacking the 19th-carbon in its structure classifies Deca as a 19-nor Steroid. 19-Nor Steroids are well known for their Progesterone Side Effects. Deca has unique properties, one being its ability to lubricate the joints, which in turn reduces joint pain as a result of heavy lifting. This property has caused Deca to become very popular amongst power lifters as well as bodybuilders who suffer from joint issues. Many bodybuilders who suffer from joint issues add a low dosage of Deca Durabolin to their cycles to combat this issue.
Due to the added water retention from this Steroid, Deca is not a popular choice for cutting cycles. For bulking cycles however this Steroid is one of the top choices. Deca is usually combined with Dianabol and Testosterone to form a basic yet extremely effective bulking cycle.
Deca Durabolin has a rather long half-life (around 15 days), which explains why users only notice the results from Deca during a cycle around 6 weeks in. For this reason it’s recommended to run Deca for at least 12 weeks, when using alongside Testosterone Enanthate or Cypionate, users are recommended to continue the Testosterone for 1 to 2 weeks longer than Deca to avoid libido issues, as Testosterone Enanthate and Cypionate will clear the blood stream faster due to their shorter half-lives.
Dianabol is added to the beginning of the cycle as a “kick starter”, as injectable Steroids take 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective, many bodybuilders use a “kick starter” to see gains earlier on in the cycle.
The combination of Testosterone, Deca and Dianabol is probably the most used bulking cycle in existence. This type of cycle is usually recommended for beginners as well as more experienced users who often opt for larger dosages of these 3 Steroids.
Beginner Bulking Cycle:
|Dianabol||Testosterone Cypionate||Deca Durabolin||Nolvadex*||Clomid|
The above mentioned cycle is for entertainment purposes only.
*Nolvadex is used to prevent estrogenic side effects such as gynecomastia. Some people do not need to use nolvadex, however it is recommended to always keep some on hand in case issues arise.
More experienced Steroid users often take between 40 and 50mg of Dianabol daily, 500 to 1000mg of Testosterone weekly and 300 to 600mg of Deca weekly. When larger doses are taken, bigger PCT’s are also required to ensure a fast recovery after the cycle.
Deca Side Effects
Although Deca is a low Androgenic Steroid, side effects such as Acne, Hair Loss, High Blood Pressure etc… are all possible with the usage of this Anabolic Steroid.
Estrogenic side effects are also possible but rare due to Deca’s very low conversion rate to Estrogen.
As mentioned Deca is a 19-Nor Steroid and Side effects related to Progesterone and Prolactin are quite common with this Steroid. Similar to Estrogen, side effects such as Gynecomastia, Water Retention and Puffy nipples are all possible. Due to these side effects being Progesterone and Prolactin related, taking an anti-estrogen won’t do much to combat these. Vitamin b6 at 600mg daily has shown to control Prolactin levels.
As with other Steroids and due to its popularity, it is quite easy to buy Deca online or on the black market through dealer. There are many different brands available which can be broken down into 2 categories, namely; Underground labs and Pharmaceutical Grade. The obvious choice when buying Deca would be to go for the pharmaceutical grade versions, this however is usually not easy and is the reason why many people choose the underground versions. Deca produced by underground labs comes in a many different strengths such as 200mg, 250mg, 300mg and even 400mg. Almost all underground labs sell Deca as well as other injectable steroids in 10ml vials. Depending on what strength you buy and the duration of your cycle, 1 or 2 vials is normally enough to last the entire duration of the cycle.