Testolic is a Thai version of testosterone propionate, manufactured mainly in Thailand although it can be found through a number of underground labs and steroid shops.
The injectable form of testosterone with the propionate ester attached is known to be relatively effective, and quite inexpensive.
Testolic is a derivative of testosterone – testosterone 17? (beta) propionate. It’s sold by steroid shops around the world.
However, each seller or manufacturer might recommend varying dosages, depending on the milligram strength and common usage.
Sold by Body Research of Thailand, the average Testolic price (10 ampoules) offering 2 mL or 50 mg per milliliter testosterone propionate averages about $70.
It’s also available in 100 mg per 2mL ampoule.
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Testolic is deemed more effective as a bulking steroid, as are most forms of testosterone or testosterone blends.
It’s also commonly stacked with other forms of testosterone for accelerated benefits, again depending on personal preferences. Among the most common:
It can be used in a cutting or dieting cycle as well and may prove quite effective when combined with other compounds with little to no aromatizing or androgenic properties, such as:
Regardless of dosage or other substances incorporated into a bulking or cutting cycle or stack, side effects are always possible.
The Difference an Ester Makes
Most forms of synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroids today have an ester attached. Esters are components that modify the absorption rate of a base drug such as testosterone.
The propionate ester is known as a moderately short-acting ester, not quite as fast as acetate, but longer than others such as cypionate or enanthate.
The ester attached to testosterone affects not only dosage but the frequency of dosage. For example, testosterone cypionate is typically injected on a weekly basis, as is the testosterone enanthate.
Testosterone propionate reviews usually show that it was injected on average every three days.
Effects in regard to the absorption rate of testosterone propionate are typically noticed quite quickly, peaking at about 24 to 36 hours.
While some activity continues after that peak, potency and absorption rate generally decline, making the every-three-day dosage recommendations fairly effective in maintaining steady levels of testosterone in the bloodstream.
The potential side effects of testosterone propionate, due to its ester, are also relatively short acting in the body.
Estrogenic or androgenic side effects tend to fade after two to four days following discontinuation of the drug.
Still, the effects, immediacy, and half-life of the drug can also be influenced by:
- Age – the body metabolizes drugs differently as we age
- Height versus weight – most drugs are dosed based on body composition
Testolic Dosage Recommendations
As with any anabolic androgenic steroid, dosage recommendations vary, not only based on the ester attached, but on individual goals. When it comes to a Testolic cycle, anywhere from 50 mg to 200 mg may be injected daily.
Male bodybuilders have been known to use anywhere from 350 mg weekly to 2,000 mg weekly. Of course, the higher the dosage, the higher the risk of side effects.
Women use anywhere from 50 mg weekly to 100 mg weekly.
Side Effects of Testolic
As with other forms of testosterone, side effects are common. While some are mild, others can be quite severe.
Some of the most common side effects associated with anabolic-androgenic steroids and with any form of testosterone include:
- High blood pressure
- Water retention
- Increased anxiety
- Priapism – frequent, uncontrollable, and often long-lasting and painful erections.
- Testosterone suppression – exogenous forms of testosterone injected into the body when levels are already adequate can contribute to suppression of endogenous or body-produced testosterone. In turn, this can result in testicular atrophy (shrinkage), low sperm production, and decreased sperm quality and motility. This may have a negative influence on fertility.
Women are cautioned to use low dosages, as virilism is possible. This means potential growth of hair on the face or body, enlarged clitoris, deeper voice, and shrinking breasts, among other side effects.
Men and women should also be aware that Testolic can disrupt otherwise normal hormonal and metabolic secretions and levels in the body.
It can disrupt blood sugar levels and increase levels of “bad” or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol.
This increases the risk of developing atherosclerosis or narrowed arteries caused by plaque buildup. Such a condition increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Use Discretion With Testolic
When weighing the benefits versus the side effects of Testolic or any form of testosterone, be aware of the potential for side effects.
Even drugs designed to reduce the potential for side effects such as liver protectants, aromatase inhibitors, and anti-estrogenic substances are not a guarantee that side effects or adverse reactions won’t occur.
While Testolic benefits can be great for bodybuilders and athletes looking to increase muscle mass and performance, start at the lowest dosage possible for results to gauge how the body reacts to it. The longer you use it, the increased risk of adverse reactions.
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