The five most dangerous drugs in bodybuilding

The five most dangerous drugs in bodybuilding
Steroids and other drugs used in bodybuilding circles are usually considered dangerous and potentially deadly substances.
Prescriptions list anabolic steroids as a "list 3" drug, along with the killer codeine and sedative ketamine. With the exception of anabolic steroids, most of the substances in the "list 3" can disrupt the perception of consciousness and cause addiction, not to mention other serious health problems. And although the danger of anabolic steroids is often greatly exaggerated, some risks still remain and it is better not to ignore them.

Today in the world there is a huge variety of sports pharmacology used in bodybuilding. While most of them, when used in moderation, are relatively safe, others can be potentially dangerous to your health, as they can cause liver and kidney damage, cardiovascular problems, and even death. The article lists the five most dangerous substances used in bodybuilding today.

DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol)

Dinitrophenol is a substance that can rid you of significant fat reserves in an extremely short period of time. This yellow crystalline solid chemical is used in the production of dyes, wood preservatives, and pesticides. During the First World War, France used it to create explosives. It was found that people who worked with DNP began to lose weight, their body temperature rose, and they experienced increased sweating. Even today, the health risk from taking DNP is still poorly understood, because of this, DNP has never been the cause of various deaths. In 1931, Standforth University conducted research on DNP, which found that most medical deaths were caused by taking this substance. Dinitrophenol fell under the ban and was banned from sale as a dietary Supplement.

Dinitrophenol works on the principle of an ATP inhibitor, a molecule synthesized in the human body. ATP is used by the cell for energy transfer. The body converts adenosine diphosphate to ATP, after which ATP is converted back to adenosine phosphate after it has been used. DNP inhibits this process, resulting in energy being dissipated as heat. DNP has been shown to accelerate metabolism by 50%. This rate of metabolic processes can lead to the loss of 500 grams of pure fat in one day.

The accelerated metabolism associated with the intake of Dinitrophenol is also directly related to the rise in body temperature. Unlike many other drugs to which the body develops tolerance, DNP becomes more effective the longer it is taken. Increases the concentration of DNP in the body-increases the body temperature. One mistake in calculating the dosage and you risk being fried from the inside. If the body temperature becomes critical, due to taking DNP, there may be irreversible consequences of brain and organ damage, and even death.


Insulin is a powerful anabolic agent that bodybuilders have been using for many, many years. Insulin helps stimulate the conversion of glucose to glycogen. It also helps amino acids and other nutrients reach their destinations in muscle cells. Insulin also has an effect on other hormones that are very attractive to bodybuilders. It increases IGF (insulin-like growth factor), LH (lutenizing hormone), and FSH (follicle stimulating hormone), both of which increase testosterone production. Increasing the level of testosterone is not too great an advantage for athletes who already take extra physiological doses exogenously, however, increasing the delivery of amino acids to the muscles and the formation of glycogen in itself has a pronounced anabolic effect. Insulin has the potential to significantly increase muscle volume, while not forgetting about strength, but, unfortunately, its danger has the same great potential.

There are a huge number of different reception protocols used for bodybuilding purposes. But whatever it is, there is always a chance that you will run into a hypoglycemic state. If you do reach it and simple sugars are not taken at the right time, the result may be hypoglycemic shock. This can lead to the development of a number of symptoms, ranging from mild manifestations to life-threatening ones. They include cold and pale skin, hand tremors, weakness and impaired coordination, headaches, and even death. Although it is possible to use insulin as an anabolic, it is still deadly.

Cheque-Drops (Mibolerone)

This steroid was originally created for the treatment of dogs. It was designed to stop the estrus in bitches, ending their ovulatory cycle. And although initially the drug was positioned exclusively as a veterinary, later it became known that Miboleron is able to significantly increase aggression, which became useful for athletes preparing to compete. There are rumors that Mike Tyson took a check-drop the night before the fight with Evander Holyfield, which is why he bit off the latter's ear. And although the rumors themselves could be just rumors, Miboleron is really able to increase aggression and has been used for many years in their preparations by many powerlifters and fighters. Not very often, and not very desirable, but this steroid is sometimes taken before training to significantly increase its intensity. The check-drops start working within 30 minutes after reception. And although this steroid is much more effective than any pre-workout sports complex that you can get, using it on a regular basis can lead to some serious health problems.

Check-drops is a 17-a alkalized steroid, which means a direct threat to the liver. Even when using low dosages, there were cases of severe diseases and liver damage, after two weeks of administration. This steroid is more androgenic and anabolical than testosterone, but due to its poor liver tolerance, the athlete is simply unable to take it at a dose sufficient for effective muscle growth. Check-drops can be useful for those athletes who lack aggression and self-confidence just before going on stage, but whatever it is, this steroid is still the most toxic and dangerous for the liver in the world.

Halotestin (Fluoxymesterone)

Halotestin is an anabolic steroid with very strong androgenic properties. This steroid does not convert to estrogens. So estrogenic side effects, such as fluid retention, the development of gynecomastia and increased fat gain are absent. Halotestin is significantly more androgenic than anabolic, which is why it has become widely popular among power athletes, for whom the growth of muscle mass is not a necessary condition. This makes Halo a favorite steroid among boxers and MMA fighters, among whom weight gain can lead to an exit from the weight category, which is usually not desirable. Halotestin is also alkalized by the 17-a radical, which means potential liver toxicity. The possibility of liver damage is a legitimate concern with this drug. Long-term use of this drug, or its combination with other 17-a steroids can very likely cause significant damage to your liver. This steroid is usually used due to its ability to make muscles incredibly hard, which is important in competitions and becomes possible due to the lack of conversion to estrogens. Halotestin is an effective tool for improving strength indicators and muscle hardness. Its range of application is narrow, and the danger to the liver is quite real. Halotestin is one of the most dangerous steroids that a bodybuilder can find. It is a wise decision to use more gentle drugs such as Primobolan and Anavar.


EPO is not usually used in bodybuilding. But there are always people who are ready to use any drug, just to improve their shape. EPO is a natural hormone of the body that increases the concentration of red blood cell fraction (red blood cells). The use of synthetic EPO leads to an increase in the concentration of red blood cells, while increasing the transport and exchange of gases (in particular, oxygen), which leads to increased endurance. This drug is especially useful for athletes who train endurance, such as cyclists. Some believe that EPO can increase muscle fullness and venous capacity. It is because of this belief that some bodybuilders are inclined to use this drug.

Due to the rise in the fraction of red blood cells, EPO leads to blood thickening. This leads to an increase in blood viscosity, which causes the risk of heart attacks and strokes. These risks become even higher during sleep, when the heart rate begins to decrease. Problems with anabolic steroids are beginning to seem like a kindergarten, against the background of how EPO is able to thicken the blood to the state of a sweet pastille. If you add pre-competitive drying to all this, the consequences of dehydration can lead to the fact that the blood will not be able to circulate through the vessels at all. All this will easily lead you to death. The use of EPO in the environment of bodybuilders is not so common, but such people still exist.
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