Clenbuterol: Neither a steroid nor a hormone
Clenbuterol is a sympathomimetic amine that acts both as a bronchodilator (an agent that dilates the bronchioles and the bronchi for the easy flow of air to the lungs) and a decongestant (a drug that relieves nasal congestion in the URT – Upper Respiratory Tract). This is prescribed to people suffering from asthma or chronic breathing disorders so that the process of respiration becomes normal.
Alternatively, Clenbuterol, which has also been nicknamed as Clen, stimulates the beta-2 receptors of the body and it also acts as a CNS (Central Nervous System) stimulant. This drug has been approved for use on humans as an asthma antidote in certain EU countries. However, it has been banned in the US and UK primarily because of its long half-life. But, this drug is used with any restriction the world over for live stocks. It is given to animals to enhance FFL (fat free lean) mass, so there is more of the muscles and lesser fat.
So, this is basically a fat-loss medication. The most amazing thing about it is that it leads to an increase in the lean mass after use. Studies have revealed that it can increase the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) in humans that leads to the building of the fat free mass. At the same time, it also acts as an anabolic and anti-catabolic. It further helps to boost aerobic capacity to help you get ripped and lean if it is a part of a proper post cycle therapy chart.
What could be the possible side effects or implications of Clenbuterol?
Bodybuilders and sportsmen use this drug, mainly because of its ability to raise the core temperature of the body thereby increasing the energy or calorie breakdown. The anabolic characteristic of this molecule is most prominently seen in live stocks than in humans because of the simple fact that humans don’t have adequate Beta 3 receptors that increase sensitivity and the production of insulin.
The common implications of this drug could include the following:
- Palpitations or sweating.
- Muscular cramps or trembling of the limbs
What is the appropriate dose of Clen?
Long periods of continuous use are clearly out of the picture because of its powerful stimulatory effect. The best dosing schedule could be a couple of weeks off after two weeks of continued use. Based on individual tolerance limit, one could be administered an initial dose of 20 mcg tablet on the first day (orally) followed by subsequent addition of a tablet each day thereby going up to a dose of 149 mcd on the 7th day. And, the same should be maintained for the 2nd week. It is important to understand that going beyond 140 mcg won’t help as that will lead to over saturation.
However, the administration of the medicine and the exact dosage as per the post cycle therapy chart is to be done as advised by the medical expert and under no condition should there be any alteration without proper consultation.
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