Superdrol: what is it?

September 18th, 2007 by Paul Johnson

Superdrol has been one of the hottest supplements to hit the market for bodybuilders in the last few years. The term “pro hormone” and "legal steroid" have been thrown around to describe this compound. What is superdrol and why the hype?

About superdrol:

Superdrol is the brand name of the original supplement to hit the market, which contained the compound Methasterone ( 2a, 17a-dimethyl-5a-androstane-3-one-17ß-ol). Since then, it has been renamed other brand names, such as testadrol and superdrol NG.

Superdrol has many similiarities to methyl-1-test (17alpha methyl-17beta-hydroxy-androst-1-ene-3-one) the methylated version of 1-testosterone, both now banned by the "pro-hormone ban" legislation in 05. Both superdrol and methyl-1-testosterone compounds are a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha reduced steroids), methylated, low androgenic to anabolic ratio, and do not aromoatize to estrogen. You can read more about 1 testosterone, the history of "pro-hormones" and the ban, in a previous article of mine here

Like with methyl-1-testosterone, Superdrol's most noticeable immediate effects are usually quick bloated gains, lethargy, high blood pressure, muscle cramping, dark urine, and changes in cholesterol,liver, and kidney profiles. The diuretic effect and quick bloated gains, is probably due to it being a 17aa steroid like methyl-1-testosterone.

Some may wonder how can superdrol cause massive quick
water retention if it doesn't aromatize to estrogen? 17aa steroids seem to upregulate the glucocorticoid receptor. Glucocorticoid receptor controls sodium retention. In other words, increasing sodium in your diet would probably have a similiar effect as superdrol does in rapidly increasing water retention. This probably also explains why methyl-1-test (as a 17aa) was so much more potent in increasing bodyweight than 1-test. Although methyl-1-test and 1-test was banned, superdrol seems to be a good substitute for it still available on the market.

Is superdrol dangerous?

Superdrol has the same side effects that are possible with any other steroid. Superdrol is in particular more harder on the kidneys and liver, than most other steroids even though it's over the counter. The diuretic effects and increased blood pressure, makes it hard on the kidneys. As a methylated steroid it will also be hard on the liver.

Sure you can reduce salt in your diet and drink more water, but part of the reason for the massive gains in the first place, is due to the salt and water retention. Taking liver supplements like NAC and milk thistle during a cycle, is like putting a bandaid on a gunshot wound.

Don't expect the gains to last long as most of it is temporary weight gain and the upregulation of the glucocorticoid will only make recovery post cycle even more difficult. Given enough time off cycle(it may take months), you probably won't retain any muscle you gained from superdrol cycles. I know this all too well, from my experience with methyl-1-test.

Am I against the use of Superdrol? No, people should be allowed to take what they want if they choose, as long as they are responsible adults and are full aware of the effects.

  1. PETE on December 13th, 2007


  2. Ziad on February 10th, 2009

    why are you against the use???? are you part of the feds???? jezz dam feds.

  3. admin on February 28th, 2009

    Who said I was ziad?

  4. Zeus on March 11th, 2009

    Have u heard of sci-fit 2 A.D.

  5. TEXAS MOM on April 22nd, 2009

    I am the mother of a high school varsity football player. My son works out everyday with weights,alternating different areas on different days. He is a 220 lb lineman. He wants to take Supplements, but can’t take the risk at this point in his high school football career to test positive. I need some input from others out there –

  6. nick on June 10th, 2009

    texas Mom.
    1. your son needs to stay away from all prohormone/steroids. It could perminetaly alter his testosterone production. He can mess with this stuff when he gets older. He can try creatine and protein powder. At this point that’s all he needs and they are safe and legal.

    2. Again he needs to stay away from things like superdrol until he’s in his 20s and has some years of training under his belt.

  7. jRoCk on December 2nd, 2009

    i have been taking Warrior by Element Nutrition for about 3 days now and my muscles feel bigger and harder. the ingredients are (19-norandrosta4,9 diene 3, 17 dione) (2a,3a-epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol)and(2a-17a-dimethyl-17b-hydroxy-5a-androstan-3-one)
    i cant find this product anywhere on the internet. what i want to know is will this product hurt me and is it legal? the guy i got it off of owns a privet supplement shop and he was kinda acting weird. i would greatly appreciate it if you can help me out. by the way i am 18 and i play high school football and i weigh about 235.

  8. Lui on February 7th, 2010

    You mentioned that liver support like nac and milk thistle are not effective after a superdrol cyle. Then what is?

  9. Unknown on November 13th, 2010

    Im 19 and have been working out for at least three years straigh and thinking about getting on superdrol and halodrol followed by a PCT and milk thistle. is this the right way to go about it.