Halotestin represents one of the most potent anabolic steroids available. It will not do much to promote mass, in fact it won’t do much at all, but when it comes to strength there are few if any steroids that can match it. The compound is also known for promoting strong conditioning traits such as hardness if the individual is extremely lean, and this makes Halo valuable to some competitive bodybuilders. While extremely powerful and carrying some pronounced benefits, unfortunately, the side effects of Halotestin are no joking matter.
The possible side effects of Halotestin are similar to other strong androgens and oral steroids, but in this case, they carry a much greater probability. The side effects of Halotestin can also be much more pronounced compared to similar anabolic steroids. This will keep many men from using it; in fact, although powerful we cannot call it an extremely common anabolic steroid. For many men, the side effects of Halotestin will outweigh the benefits the steroid can provide. Is safe and effective supplementation possible? It is possible, but you must recognize the possible side effects of Halotestin and be willing to discontinue use if problems arise if you are going to protect your health.
*Estrogenic Side Effects of Halotestin:
There are no estrogenic side effects of Halotestin. Although a testosterone derived anabolic steroid, it has been modified in order to prevent it from aromatizing. There is no testosterone to estrogen conversion, it is not a progestin, and as a result, cannot lead to gynecomastia or promote water retention. The use of an anti-estrogen is not necessary due to this steroid’s use. While this is a positive trait, we will find the side effects of Halotestin are not as friendly in the remaining categories of concern.
*Androgenic Side Effects of Halotestin:
Halotestin is highly androgenic carrying an androgenic rating of 850 compared to the testosterone hormone’s androgenic rating of 100. As a result, the probability of androgenic side effects is strong and can include hair loss, acne and body hair growth. The androgenic side effects of Halotestin, while pronounced, are highly dependent on genetics. Men who are predisposed to male pattern baldness may lose some of their hair. Such men were going to lose their hair anyway, but the use of Halo may speed it up. Acne is similar in that those who are already genetically sensitive to acne will be the first to have a problem. However, even those who are only moderately sensitive may find breakouts occur, especially on the chest, shoulders and back. Keeping your skin clean and dry at all times will be important. Showering immediately after becoming sweaty is advised. If a shower isn’t possible, change into a clean, dry shirt and shower as soon as you can.
The androgenic side effects of Halotestin are due to the steroid being metabolized by the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This is the enzyme responsible for reducing testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The use of a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor can reduce the androgenicity of Halotestin; it cannot completely reduce the androgenicity, but it can provide some protection against androgenic side effects. However, if you are highly susceptible to the androgenic side effects of Halotestin, you will find you’ll need to avoid this steroid as a related inhibitor may not offer enough protection.
The androgenic side effects of Halotestin can also lead to extreme levels of virilization in women. Virilization symptoms can include body hair growth, a deepening of the vocal chords and clitoral enlargement. It will be very difficult for a woman to use this steroid without virilization; in fact, most women, even with low doses will find it impossible.
*Cardiovascular Side Effects of Halotestin:
The side effects of Halotestin can include high blood pressure and high cholesterol. High blood pressure will be dependent on genetics, dosing and the duration of exposure to the hormone, but high blood pressure and triglyceride levels are possible. Long-term use of this steroid could promote left ventricle hypertrophy. If you have high blood pressure it is imperative that you avoid this steroid. If you are healthy enough for use it is imperative use is short lived, 2-4 weeks max, and a blood pressure friendly lifestyle is in place. A blood pressure friendly lifestyle will include a heart healthy diet, as well as the avoidance of smoking, excess alcohol consumption and any other unfriendly activity towards blood pressure.
Like many anabolic steroids, the side effects of Halotestin can lead to high cholesterol. This is very easy to control with many steroids, but oral steroids, specifically C17-aa steroids often present a greater challenge. The side effects of Halotestin are well-noted to include increases in LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and a significant suppression of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). If you suffer from high cholesterol, you must not use this anabolic steroid. If you are healthy enough for use a cholesterol friendly lifestyle should be in place in order to facilitate the continuation of healthy cholesterol. Saturated fats and simple sugars should be removed from your diet and kept at a minimum. Large amounts of omega fatty acids should be a regular part of your diet, which will include daily fish oil supplementation. Those who supplement with Halo are also strongly encouraged to supplement with a cholesterol antioxidant supplement. Regular cardiovascular activity is also important. Some type of cardiovascular activity should be part of your daily routine. If you cannot do these things you should not use this steroid.
*Testosterone Side Effects of Halotestin:
The side effects of Halotestin include the suppression of natural testosterone production, and the rate of suppression will be extreme. This makes the use of exogenous testosterone imperative if the body is going to be provided the testosterone it essentially needs. It is also important to note, regardless of genetics or any other factor, natural testosterone suppression will occur with the use of this steroid in all men.
Once the use of Halotestin comes to an end as well as all anabolic steroids and they have cleared the system, natural testosterone production will begin again. Natural recovery is, however, dependent on no damage being done to the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) due to irresponsible steroid use. It is also dependent on no prior low testosterone condition existing. If this criteria is met, most men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. A PCT plan will facilitate a smoother recovery. It will not completely restore your natural testosterone production, but it will cut down on the total time to recovery and ensure you have enough testosterone to meet your body’s needs.
*Hepatotoxic Side Effects of Halotestin:
Halotestin is a C17-aa anabolic steroid, and as a result, the side effects of Halotestin will include liver stress and possible damage. This is one of the most hepatotoxic steroids on the market, and use will see liver enzyme values significantly increased. This does not mean damage has occurred, but it is a strong indicator of stress and potential damage to come. If your liver is not healthy, for no reason should you use this anabolic steroid.
If you are healthy enough for use, it is important to recognize liver stress is going to occur. However, if the proper steps are followed it can be minimized and no damage will occur. If the proper steps are followed, enzyme values should return to normal shortly after use is discontinued. In order to achieve a safe outcome, the following rules must be strictly adhered to:
· Total use should never last more than 4 weeks. Most men will find 2 weeks to be all they need and far safer.
· No other C17-aa steroids should be used when supplementing with Halotestin.
· No C17-aa steroids should be used for at least 8 weeks following the use of Halotestin; longer is better.
· The use of a liver detoxification supplement is imperative when using Halotestin.
· Excess alcohol consumption must be avoided. If it cannot be avoided you must not use this steroid. Most will find avoiding all alcohol to be best.
· Over the counter (OTC) medications should be limited and used only when absolutely necessary. Many OTC meds are hepatotoxic, and this will only promote more stress.
*Important Notes on the Side Effects of Halotestin:
If this anabolic steroid is going to be used, and it is not for everyone, the following recommendations should be followed. If you cannot follow these recommendations you should not use this anabolic steroid.
· Follow a strict heart healthy and cholesterol friendly diet
· Exercise daily, which should include cardiovascular activity
· Supplement with a cholesterol antioxidant supplement
· Supplement with a liver detoxification supplement