Although anabolic androgenic steroids like Stanozolol may increase lean muscle mass, strength, and the ability to train longer and harder, the serious side effects of steroids are many and may not be reversible. The minor side effects of steroid use include acne, oily skin, excess hair growth, and deepening of the voice. The major side effects of steroid use include an increased risk of cancer, increased risk of heart and liver disease, jaundice, fluid retention, reduction in HDL-C (“good cholesterol”), high blood pressure, changes in blood coagulation, increased risk of atherosclerosis, swelling of the soft tissues of the extremities (edema), and obstructive sleep apnea.
Of concern to any user of Winstrol during a cycle should be its intoxicating effect on the liver . The drug is a 17aa structured steroid , meaning it has been structured in a way which allows it to be orally bio-available, yet this has the negative effect of making Winstrol potentially harmful to the liver. It is therefore paramount the duration of a Winstrol cycle is limited, the dose of the drug is not excessive, the user does not stack it with other hepatotoxic compounds, does not drink alcohol whilst on cycle, and does not use Winstrol if they have an underlying medical condition which effects the livers health. There are supplements available which also help protect the liver (Milk Thistle, Liv-52 etc), and these would be advisable during any Winstrol cycle .
For the bodybuilder the Stanozolol hormone has an important place and generally this will be in the competition or dieting phase; when the individual is trying to cut. The effects of Winstrol are largely responsible for aiding in producing a pleasing physique; most notably revolving around the appearance of hardness. One of the primary effects of Winstrol is hardening the muscles but understand you must already be at a lean state to reap this reward; it will not make a fat physique hard. For optimal use supplementation of this steroid is best when body-fat is already low, preferably single digit levels; if you are not at a single digit level you might wait and add it in once you are for maximum results. Such use will provide a dryer and harder look and one that as a bonus is also more vascular. Further, as this steroid is apt towards increasing strength, while on a calorie restricted diet the Stanozolol hormone will help maintain strength and preserve muscle tissue often lost when dieting; couple this with the hardening effects of Winstrol and you have a fine cutting anabolic steroid.