What is Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone)?
Deca has a half life of between 6 and 12 days and a very long detection time of about 18 months; something to keep in mind if you are a professional or competitor.
As mentioned, this is a slow and long acting compound and studies have shown that even a low dose injection of just 50mg results in effects that can last up to 20 days. For this reason, Deca does not require the frequent injections that so many other steroids do.
Nandrolone has long been used by bodybuilders for building mass as well as athletes because of the extraordinary relief and therapeutic abilities this steroid has, which was also originally what it was developed for in medical use.
Deca has a chemical structure very similar to testosterone but the slight difference is enough to give Deca some advantages. This includes having a lower androgenic ratio and slightly higher anabolic effect, and a slow release which means you only have to inject Deca once a week and the effects last a considerable time.
Compare that with many other steroids that require daily injections and you can quickly see that this is a big reason why Deca is so popular – even the most injection-adverse person can usually live with a once weekly dose.
Deca is also good for a beginner steroid cycle because despite its powerful anabolic effects, its side effects are relatively mild compared with many other steroids and it is well tolerated by most people.
How to Take Deca-Durabolin?
The great thing about Deca as an injectable steroid is that we don’t need to inject daily or even every other day; once a week is perfectly fine for this steroid. Depending on your dosage and tolerance to injections, you might want to split your dose into a twice weekly injection to reduce the quantity being injected at one time. Like all anabolic steroid injections, the best injection sites are large strong muscles such as the upper thigh and buttock.
The results you can get from Deca will depend on how you use it, and what you do in terms of your workouts and diet while on it. This is of course will all depend on your goals. Getting big, preparing for competition or improving and recovering from athletic performance: these are all within the realm of possibilities with Deca. When using Deca you can expect to see:
Slow and Steady, High Quality Gains in Mass
With less water retention than other steroids, Deca’s gains come on steadily but at a notably higher quality than you’ll see with some other steroids that give you more rapid results which can disappear just as fast. Patience is rewarded with Deca with stable gains in size that (with the right diet and training) you’ll be able to retain.
Excellent Recovery + Relief Pain and Muscle Wear and Tear
This makes Deca a very popular and useful off-season steroid where you are lifting heavy and need the extra therapeutic benefits. Deca works to physically repair tissue and does not just hide muscle pain, largely due to its positive impact on improving collagen synthesis. Expect to see faster recovery so you can workout again sooner, and with less aches and pains that you’d normally experience after intense workouts.
Some Gain in Strength
Although this is not an area that Deca excels in it indirectly improves strength through the enhancement of IGF-1 and the joint repair and strengthening effects which can only be a positive in improving your overall strength and endurance.
As with any steroid, your results with Deca will be determined by your workouts and diet and the greater effort you put in, the greater the rewards will be. This is a steroid that requires patience in seeing results, but one that will also benefit when combined with more fast acting steroids in a cycle.
How long does Deca-Durabolin take to work?
Deca isn’t a fast acting steroid but when it kicks in, mass gains are high quality over time. The slow acting nature of Deca means it is best used in longer cycles.
It is not unusual to run this steroid for 14 weeks and during this time you will see steady, sustained and clean gains that don’t come on suddenly nor disappear suddenly. For best results Deca should be used for at least 10 weeks where you give the steroid enough time to deliver what it’s capable of.
Does Deca-Durabolin cause water retention?
Deca can cause some rise in estrogen levels and this can lead to some water retention and associated raise in blood pressure. Using a moderate dose of Deca and keeping a quality diet will help you control water retention and bloating, as will using a good anti-estrogen medication, with SERMs such as Nolvadex being an ideal choice because of its more cholesterol friendly impact compared with aromatase inhibitor drugs.
Is Nandrolone Decanoate the same as Deca-Durabolin?
Yes. Nandrolone decanoate is a Nandrolone compound and is the chemical name of Deca-Durabolin. There are other Nandrolone compounds, like Nandrolone Phenylpropionate (NPP) which is much faster acting but shorter lived than Nandrolone decanoate. While the phenylpropionate is used by some people, the most widely used form of Nandrolone is still Nandrolone Decanoate (Deca-Durabolin).
Where do you inject Nandrolone Decanoate?
Deca-Durabolin is an intramuscular injection and the most common sites for injecting at the large muscles in the buttock, upper thigh or upper arm.
The good news for those of us who are not enthusiastic about regular injections is that you can get away with a once weekly injection of Deca, although if you’re taking a higher dosage some people prefer to split it into two injections per week to reduce the amount in each injection.
How long should you cycle Deca?
This depends what your purpose is. Most people use it for bulking, but some also for cutting. A common moderate bulking Deca-Durabolin cycle stacked with other compounds like Testosterone Enanthate and Dianabol would see Deca used for the first 10 weeks of a 12 week cycle. This allows you to start PCT soon after the end of the entire cycle, while the effects of Deca are still running their course in conjunction with testosterone and other compounds.
Can you drink alcohol when on Deca?
Drinking alcohol when you’re using any steroids – and even when you’re not – is never recommended. Not only is it a great way to have your gains go backwards, but will also cause more stress to the liver. Even though Nandrolone decanoate is not known to be liver toxic, most other steroids are and since you’ll likely be using other steroids in your cycle it’s simply safer to avoid alcohol completely; your muscles will thank for you it too.
Can you stack Deca?
Deca can be stacked with other steroids as long as you’re educated about the effects on natural hormone function. When done properly, Deca works well when stacked with other compounds such as the fast acting Anadrol, and is very commonly stacked with Dianabol.
Above all, a basic stack of Testosterone and Deca is considered almost essential if you want to mitigate the suppression of natural testosterone that occurs. Any form of testosterone stacks well with Deca including the most common esters and Sustanon 250.
Results expected after the steroid cycle
Deca and test stacks have a varied set of results. You can expect to see massive gains along with the following effects:
- You will notice an increase in your appetite and you’ll eat more often. This stimulation of the appetite helps in accumulating more mass.
- Your strength and muscle size will increase. People have actually reported increases in mass of up to 30 pounds after a single cycle. Most of this will be lean muscle mass.
- You will experience less muscle and joint pain
- A realistic expectation of lean muscle mass gain is around 7-15 pounds by the end of the cycle.
Deca is well known for its power in stimulating massive gains in lean muscle mass. This is the most common use of this steroid for bodybuilders, and even more so because the gains with Deca are known to be of high quality without the severe water retention that is so often seen with other steroids. Experienced users also use Deca for cutting because of its ability to retain muscle tissue.
I’m not going to deny that Deca-Durabolin works extremely well. It gives you what you want, but the majority of guys are never realistically going to touch steroids like Deca-Durabolin because the side effects are huge.
Not to mention injections that are potentially dangerous. It’s smart to be very cautious of using Deca-Durabolin. And this is the precise reason people search out a safe alternative, to get the main benefits of Deca-Durabolin without risking your health.