Halotestin is a brand name for fluoxymesterone, an anabolic steroid with extremely powerful anabolic properties. The drug, first created and released in 1956, was initially developed by the pharmaceutical manufacturing company Upjohn – which marketed the steroid in the American prescription drug market. Shorty after, Ciba Pharmaceuticals developed and released their own version of fluoxymesterone, marketed under the brand name Ultandren. However, halotestin remained the most recognizable brand name and Pharmacia, which merged with Upjohn before being acquired by Pfizer in 2002, now manufactures the halotestin anabolic androgenic steroid.
The original purpose for genuine fluoxymesterone was to provide an effective treatment for a variety of conditions, including various conditions of trauma, including burns, bone fractures and other forms of soft tissue and bone injuries. The drug was widely prescribed for the treatment of muscle-wasting diseases, malnutrition, lean tissue repair, paraplegia, and as an adjunct therapy with corticosteroids. It was also indicated for the treatment of low testosterone (as a result of hypogonadism or andropause) in males. In females, halotestin was approved for use in treating conditions, such as chronic dysfunctional uterine bleeding and breast cancer.
In the mid-1970s and 1980s, the increasing concerns over the negative side effects of anabolic androgenic steroids and FDA’s control and clamp down on anabolic steroids saw fluoxymesterone’s approved list of treatments become quite limited and restricted to several conditions, including: testosterone deficiency, breast cancer in women, and osteoporosis in post-menopausal females.
Fluoxymesterone use is associated with severe side effects, such as hepatotoxicity and high cholesterol. As a result, the drug is currently approved only for the treatment of androgen deficiency in men and breast cancer in females; and even for these conditions fluoxymesterone use has become rare in the face of Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) – which is acts as a simpler and safer alternative treatment.
Fluoxymesterone is, in fact, a derivative of Methyltestosterone (Methylated testosterone). It differs from testosterone by three structural alterations that have been added: a methyl group at the 17th carbon position allowing for oral ingestion, a hydroxyl group at carbon 11 and a fluoro group at carbon 9 and 3. These alterations result in a very powerful anabolic androgenic steroid that doesn’t aromatize.
The drug actually carries an anabolic strength rating of 1,900 and an androgenic strength rating of 850, which is far beyond that of testosterone – which possesses a rating of 100 in both categories. The numbers theoretically indicate that fluoxymesterone is a whopping 19 times stronger than testosterone in terms of anabolic capabilities and 8.5 times stronger than the principal androgen with regards to androgenic capabilities.
However, these numbers can be deceiving, as the drug acts differently and exhibits contradictory results under real-world settings. Halotestin use produces little or no anabolic muscle building effects, despite its mind-blowing high anabolic strength rating. So its anabolic strength rating is tremendously deceiving. But, although halotestin’s massive anabolic strength doesn’t match up, its powerful androgenic properties cannot be doubted. Halotestin tablets produce extremely potent androgenic effects and its benefits can be attributed to this.
Halotestin Benefits for Weightlifters
The potent androgenic properties, and the not-so-powerful anabolic effects, mean that fluoxymesterone is not a good mass gainer. Its main beneficial effects revolve around promoting lean muscle mass, strength and aggression – which can be particularly invaluable for weightlifters in the UK.
Halotestin was initially prescribed for the maintenance and promotion of gaining of lean mass (muscle) and tissue repair during the treatment of various conditions of trauma like burns, malnutrition, bone fractures, muscle-wasting diseases, and more. It allows users to build harder muscle (and lean mass) without causing any unwanted fat or excess flab. This allows them to achieve a hard and defined (ripped and cut) look to the muscles. Because of its unmatched ability to decrease body fat percentage and improve muscular definition and conditioning, fluoxymesterone is quite useful for athletes in weight-restricted sports such as wrestling, powerlifting and boxing.
Perhaps the drug’s real power lies in the ability to boost strength and aggression. Halotestin use not only promotes lean body mass, it leads to a significant boost in strength, energy and aggressiveness. Many weightlifters who use this drug report experiencing improved performance, allowing them to train with heavier weights and produce greater muscle tension during exercise compared to those who don’t use the drug.
One reason fluoxymesterone seems to increase strength is due to the fact that this anabolic steroid product enhances the retention of protein and also promotes a positive nitrogen balance. A positive nitrogen balance promotes lean muscle growth and strength. If a weightlifter has a negative nitrogen balance, he or she won’t be able to achieve increased muscle mass or strength.
By using fluoxymesterone, the weightlifter is able to change that negative nitrogen balance to a positive balance and continue to gain lean muscle mass and strength. This change in nitrogen balance seems to be why non-weightlifters who start taking this steroid product and start lifting weight at the same time don’t realize great increases in strength and size. They had a positive nitrogen balance to start out with and did not gain that advantage through the use of this anabolic steroid.
Along with increased strength and lean muscle mass, Halotestin use produces a positive effect on the nervous system. It creates sensations of well being, euphoria and increased aggressiveness. Here, the word “aggression” doesn’t equate to the “roid” rage that often translates to being uncontrollable, acting mindlessly and being impulsively violent. Rather, it means that the steroid user is going all out to succeed. Halotestin seems to have a motivational effect on the brain. Its use manifests in an increase in determination and drive. This simply means that weightlifters who use the steroid seem to be more motivated and aggressive in their workouts.
Having increased motivation and aggression means these individuals can, and do, train harder and longer when using this anabolic androgenic steroid product. Having the ability to train harder and longer during each training session, and being able to recover more quickly, would certainly translate to better odds of achieving success.
The boost in strength and aggression can be particularly useful for weightlifting competition preparation. This is actually the main reason why it’s used by weightlifters. Competitive weightlifting training and dieting is, without a doubt, brutal. Towards the end most weightlifters become extremely drained and have a very difficult time pushing through their training. Adding in fluoxymesterone those last few weeks leading up to competition can help push them through this difficult time. The steroid will also provide the weightlifter with a much harder and more defined look.
Halotestin Side Effects for Weightlifters
While Halotestin possesses some of the most effective weightlifting boosting properties, its chemical characteristics mean that it’s also one of the most toxic steroid products out there. It is associated with a number of severe side effects, including those relating to: hepatotoxicity, natural testosterone suppression, cardiovascular health, and androgenic side effects.
Halotestin features the C17-aa alteration, which allows for oral ingestion, but also makes it one of the most hepatotoxic anabolic steroids ever. Improper use of this drug can easily cause liver damage. This steroid product should be used only for short periods of time as part of a well-planned cycle to reduce the risk of liver damage.
This steroid product negatively affects natural testosterone production and, therefore, users should include exogenous testosterone production to avoid falling into a low testosterone condition.
Halotestin use can lead to significant increases in LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can have a negative impact on cardiovascular health. To mitigate the negative cardiovascular side effects, a diet rich in omega fatty acids and one that is cholesterol friendly, as well as an extremely healthy lifestyle, is highly recommended.
The strong androgenic nature of halotestin can cause a number of androgenic side effects such as: acne, body hair growth, and accelerated hair loss in males with male pattern baldness predisposition, as well as virilization symptoms in women.
Using a 5-alpha reductase enzyme can greatly reduce the androgenic side effects of halotestin in males. Users should take only the appropriate dosage and use the drug for a short period of time to reduce the risk of these side effects.