SHORT METHYLTESTOSTERONE DESCRIPTION:
Methyltestosterone is an oral primary male androgen testosterone with an added methyl group.
LONG METHYLTESTOSTERONE DESCRIPTION:
Methyltestosterone is an orally available form of the primary male androgen testosterone. Looking at the structure of this steroid, we see it is basically just testosterone with an added methyl group at the c-17 alpha position (a c-17 alpha alkylated substance). Alkylation such as this is necessary when administering testosterone (and other steroids) orally, as without it the liver will destroy most of the steroid during the “first pass”. The resultant compound “methylated-testosterone” was among the first functional oral steroids to be produced. This field of research has consequently improved greatly over the years, and today methyitestosterone is quite crude in comparison to many of the other orals that were subsequently developed.
The action of this steroid is somewhat androgenic, with a moderate anabolic effect. As is typically seen with 17 alpha methylation, the resulting steroid has lower anabolic activity than its parent testosterone. Additionally it is extremely estrogenic, another property that seems to be enhanced when this alteration is present (when the steroid is receptive to the aromatase enzyme). The problem seems to be its conversion to the more biologically active estrogen 17-alpha methylestradiol. 17-alpha methylation in fact slows aromatization, however the potent nature of 17-methylestradiol more than compensates for this. Additionally it has a very short half-life in the body, so the drug needs to be administered several times daily if a consistent blood level is to be obtained. All of this heightens the ratio of side effects to muscle growth enough to make methyitestosterone a very inefficient musclebuilding drug. In order to administer an effective amount of hormone, the user simply must deal with too many estrogenic side effects, including water retention and gynecomastia, which can be very troublesome with this steroid. One may choose to addition an anti-estrogen such as Nolvadex and/or Proviron to combat related side effects, which should effectively minimize their intensity enough to make a cycle tolerable. The powerful antiaromatase Arimidex is a notably more effective option when dealing with aromatizable steroids, as it shows great ability to stop the conversion of androgens to estrogens. Using this drug with methyltest would be somewhat ironic however, spending up to $10 per day for an ancillary drug and at most a couple of dollars for the actual steroid.
Just as we see with its parent testosterone, methyitestosterone has a high rate of conversion to DHT (in this case 17alpha-methyldihydrotestosterone). This metabolite is of course more active than methyitestosterone, and likewise responsible for many of the unwanted androgenic side effects encountered with use. Oily skin, acne, body/facial hair growth and hair loss are likewise all common with this steroid, and may present themselves very early into a cycle. Also seen with use of this compound is an increased level of aggression, an effect commonly associated with testosterone and other strong androgens. The addition of Proscar could quite prove useful with this steroid, inhibiting the conversion of methyitestosterone into methyl-DHT in many target tissues and lowering the impact of related side effects. Again, this ancillary drug is in most instances considerably more expensive than the steroid it is being used to treat.
A strong androgen such as methyltest obviously has little to offer female athletes except virilization symptoms. In this arena. methyltestosterone should be strictly avoided. The only time females should really be taking this potent steroid is when indicated for a specific medical application. While not a new concept, using an androgen to treat the symptoms of menopause has been catching on in recent years nonetheless. An example is the product Estratest, which contains esterified estrogens and a small amount of added methyltestosterone. This proves beneficial not only to the energy, sex drive and overall wellness of the patient, but can effectively combat osteoporosis. While estrogen replacement can only halt calcium loss in the bones, testosterone can actually rebuild stores. This effect can restore much of the lost strength in the bones, something estrogen alone just cannot accomplish.
Being a c-17 alpha alkylated compound, methyltestosterone also places notable stress on the liver. This is further amplified when looking at the amount of drug necessary to see an anabolic effect. Those willing to use this drug for actual muscle growth ordinarily find that a daily dosage of 40-50 mg is necessary (at a minimum) for acceptable results. This is quite a lot of c-17 alpha alkylated steroid for the liver to process, especially when comparing it to the effect seen with a much smaller amount of Dianabol or Winstrol. One should therefore limit a cycle of this drug to no more than 6 or 8 weeks, after which a longer break should be taken from all “toxic” oral steroids. One should also be prepared for a substantial loss of mass and bodyweight at the conclusion of each cycle with methyltest. This is due to a combination retained water being excreted, and the suppression of endogenous testosterone production during intake. A testosterone stimulating drug such as Clomid/Nolvadex and/or HCG is therefore used to restore Hormonal balance.
Clearly methyltsosterone is not a very advanced compound. While it is close derivative of testosterone, with potential as such, it offers us little benefit in practice. The short activity and high rate of estrogenic activity generally make this product too troublesome to use for performance enhancement. The only commonly accepted application:or for methyltestosterone is to stimulate aggression in the user. Power lifters, bodybuilders and competitive athletes often attempt to “harness” this aggression, looking for extra intensity in a training session or competition. Additionally, many methyltest tabs are designed for sublingual administration, or to be placed under the tongue and left to dissolve. These tabs can generally be identified by a pleasant tasting citrus flavor, which is most often included. Sublingual intake is an added benefit for aggression stimulating purposes, providing fast (albeit incomplete) absorption of the drug. A couple of tablets placed under the tongue before a visit to the gym an make for an intense, and possibly more productive, workout session. Aside from this methyltest offers little except side effects. It is quite toxic, elevating liver enzymes and causing acne, gynecomastia, aggression and water retention quite easily. Were one to tolerate these side effects, methyltest will offer little more than poor quality (but bulky) gains. One looking for quality muscle building steroid should likewise look elsewhere.
Methyltestosterone is produced by a large number of pharmaceutical manufacturers. It is likewise found in wide variety countries, usually selling for an extremely low price (especially in bulk). Methyltestosterone is therefore a popular ingredient in many counterfeit (oral) preparations. An inexperienced buyer can easily mistake the effect of this drug for whatever is written on the label, unaware of the cheap, crude steroid actually being administered. As crude as it may be, methyltestosterone is still controlled in the United States. The practice of substituting methyltestosterone is therefore much more common now outside of the U.S., where bulk purchases of raw steroid are still possible.