About Taking Anadrol 50

By Michelle Miley

  • Overview

    Anadrol-50, also known as "A50" and "A-bomb," is a steroid used to treat certain types of anemia and is the only FDA approved oral steroid for doing so. When used properly and under the care of a licensed physician, Anadrol-50 can be quite effective. Unfortunately, there is a large black market for this drug which is sometimes used illegally by athletes who want to improve their performance.
  • Function

    Anadrol-50 is an anabolic steroid used to treat anemia caused by the insufficient production of red blood cells. The active ingredient in the drug is a particular steroid known as oxymetholone. Anadrol-50 works by increasing the amount of the chemical erythropoietin created by the body. Erythropoietin, in turn, increases the amount of red blood cells produced by the body. This drug is often used along side other treatments for anemia.
    Chemical structure of Oxymetholone
  • Identification

    Anadrol-50 pills are white tablets that are scored down the center. The phrases "Unimed" and 8633 are imprinted on the pills. The drug is packaged in bottles containing 100 tablets each. Anadrol-50 is produced by Solvay Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for Unimed Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


  • Side Effects

    Potential side effects include, but are not limited to, jaundice, vomiting, impotence, testicular atrophy, irritability, irregular menstruation, insomnia, gynecomastia, hair loss and acne. Some side effects are serious and potentially fatal including the possibility of the death of liver tissue, replacement of liver tissue with cysts containing blood, development of tumors in the liver cells, and increased risk for heart and blood vessel issues.
  • Contraindications

    Some people should not take Anadrol-50. Men who have or have had prostate cancer should not take Anadrol-50. Women who are pregnant or have experienced hypercalcemia should not take this drug. Both men and women who have or have had cancer in the breast tissue, nephritis or liver dysfunction should not take Anadrol-50. Anadrol-50 can cause negative interactions with a very large number of other drugs, so be sure that your doctor knows about all medication you are taking, including over-the-counter medications.
  • Warnings

    Because of its potential to increase appetite and cause weight gain, some people use Anadrol-50 to enhance weight lifting activities and improve athletic performance. Under no circumstances should Anadrol-50 be used in this manner. It is not the drug's intended use and not what the drug was designed for. As with any drug, buying Anadrol-50 illegally could lead to obtaining a drug that was not made correctly and is not safe or chemically pure. Because of the many serious potential side effects of this drug, it should never be used without the supervision of a medical doctor.
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