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Drug Class: Beta-2-symphatonimetic, thermalgenic/anticatabolic (Oral)
Average Reported Dosage: Men 100-140 mcg per day Women 80-100 mcg per day
Water Retention: None
High Blood Pressure: Some reported high blood pressure
Liver Toxic: Unknown Strong Anti-Catabolic/Thermalgenic
Clenbuterol is a quite strong anti-catabolic / thermalgenic drug that is not a steroid. During dieting periods, or post steroid cycles, this drug has reported dramatic effects on body composition. Since it suppresses the muscle wasting effects of cortisol/cortisone, a slight increase in total muscle protein synthesis was seen. When stacked with steroids the effect were synergistic and more profound. When used as a post-cycle drug, clenbuterol helped to maintain muscle gains after AAS were discontinued. In both cases the drug acted to reduce fat deposits by elevation of thermalgenesis. It was considered very important to all polled whom had utilized this drug to start with 1-2 tabs daily (2 on -2 off) and monitor body temperature. (Increased dosages can increase body temperature to dangerous levels) Most obtained excellent results in 4-8 weeks. Many also stacked clenbuterol with thyroid drugs and /or DNP to increase the rate of calorie expenditure.
Headaches, high blood pressure, and elevated body temperature were among noted side effects. Many reported side effects after 8-12 days. The body quickly adapts to clenbuterol so “on/off” periods were a must for successful results. By alternating between E/C (Ephedrine and caffeine) stacks and Clenbuterol, the effective period was extended and results increased. Rotations weekly such as clenbuterol, week #1, ephedrine/ caffeine week# 2, seem to have brought superior results.
The reason clenbuterol begins to lose effectiveness after only 2 weeks is that the beta-2-receptors it interacts with are quite sensitive. (These are adrenalgenic receptors) Once these receptors are over stimulated for a prolonged period of time they become insensitive. Oddly enough it appears that DNP and thyroid hormones help regenerate adrenalgenic receptor function.
Since Clenbuterol dilates blood vessels in skeletal muscle but relaxes smooth muscle blood vessels, the physical reactions are quite similar to the body’s own epinephrine and can effect heart rate. It also reduces the level of the amino acid taurine in the heart which stabilizes cardiac rhythms, or the electrical activity in the heart. Increased intake for taurine during use was noted as wise.
Most bodybuilders don’t realize that the anabolic effects of Clenbuterol are not due to increased anabolic activity. Clenbuterol is actually effective through a different mechanism. It decreases both protein synthesis and break down. The reason anti-catabolic effects result is simply because it hinders protein break down more which shifts the ratio in favor of anabolism. This means that clenbuterol had significant anti-catabolic effects when stacked with a cortisol inhibitor post or during AAS cycles. Cytadren was an often noted example. Again, since clenbuterol increases thermalgenesis, (calories released as heat) the common use of thyroid T-3 or T-4 in a stack with it caused a significant increase in body temperature. This was monitored closely by most.
Clenbuterol is utilized to treat asthma in several countries. The dosage for treatment is normally 20-30 mcg/d.