Today we are going to be looking at oral vs injectable steroids.
Now, as many of you will know.
It takes months, years even, of hard work and dedication to build a noticeable amount of muscle mass naturally.
Natty bodybuilders can get pretty big, but it isn’t tough to spot a natty.
If you compare a natural bodybuilder to a bodybuilder on strong steroids that knows what they’re doing.
They will be giving up a great deal of strength and size to the dude riding the bicycle (bicycle is a slang term for steroid cycle).
From this perspective, you can see why there are so many bodybuilders out there that are tempted over to the dark side of anabolic steroid use.
Steroids are synonymous with bodybuilding and many other athletic activities for that matter.
But do you know the difference between each one?
For example, could you describe how winstrol and Trenbolone are different and unique to one another?
How about Anavar and Dianabol?
If not, you’ve come to the right place because we’ll be comparing some of the numerous anabolic-androgenic steroids currently available with one another.
In particular, we’re looking at the differences in a bid to help you distinguish between each one.
So, without any further hesitation.
Let’s take a look at oral vs injectable steroids.
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Anabolic-androgenic steroids are banned and are therefore illegal.
Needless to say, you’ll never find us recommending their use.
We would much rather you utilized some safe.
Natural alternatives to steroids that won’t get you in trouble with the law.
The simple truth, however, is that people always have used steroids despite knowing the risks and the legal issues, and they always will.
We would much rather educate people on the dangers of them and try to show them how to use them as they are intended.
To begin with, we’re going to be looking very briefly at what Performance enhancing drugs are.
There is a whole lot of science involved in the creation and utilization of steroids and we wouldn’t even begin to cover the basics with just 2K words which is why we’re going to break it down as simple for you as we can.
Steroids are basically lab-created synthetic compounds that are designed to resemble and mimic the actions of natural hormones in the body.
In fact, every androgenic anabolic steroid currently in existence is based upon testosterone which is a highly anabolic androgenic hormone found naturally in the human body.
Anabolic means that it promotes muscle growth and creates a muscle-building environment within the body.
Androgenic means that it also has sexual health characteristics.
So it can assist with libido, sperm count, fertility, and sperm motility, etc.
When people visit the doctor.
Sometimes they will be prescribed steroids and will be hesitant to use them as they worry that they’ll gain 100 pounds of muscle overnight.
Needless to say, that’s not the case.
In fact, AAS, or anabolic-androgenic steroids, are completely different from the steroids prescribed by doctors.
As these are corticosteroids.
Which mimics the effects of cortisol in the body.
Ironically, cortisol is actually catabolic.
So using those steroids to build muscle would be the equivalent of eating 10,000 cals worth of pizza each day to lose body fat.
People use AAS for all kinds of different reasons, though primarily they are used to:
AAS comes in a variety of different forms.
And we couldn’t begin to describe each one in great detail as we would be here all day.
What we will say.
However, is that AAS can be administered via injection.
Or they can simply be taken orally.
Is that the same for each one?
Some steroids can be taken orally or injected, but with most, it is simply one or the other.
Both are dangerous, both provide their own unique benefits.
And both must be used as instructed, no matter what.
Now that you know what a steroid is, it’s now time for us to look at oral steroids.
Oral steroids are primarily available in tablet/pill form.
These pills/tablets are swallowed whole, with liquid and ideally with a meal for absorption.
In the same way, that you’d take a vitamin supplement in the morning.
Or a headache tablet if your head was hurting.
Some oral steroids, however, are available in liquid form.
No prizes for guessing how they are consumed.
There are a number of oral steroids currently in existence.
And while we can’t list each one, we can list the more popular orals you are likely to encounter on the black market.
There are more than 30 AAS currently in circulation.
So you can imagine why some people are so overwhelmed when they look online for beginner steroid cycle ideas.
Some of the more popular oral steroids you are likely to encounter on your quest to find the perfect muscle-building steroid cycle include the following:
People often decide to begin a steroid cycle with oral steroids instead of injectable ones as they think that they’re surely safer as swallowing a tablet is far less extreme than sticking a needle in your own butt cheek.
However, this isn’t always the case and we’ll look at why a little later on.
One of the most desirable aspects of oral steroids.
However, is the fact that taking a tablet is much easier and is far less shady than injecting yourself.
Because of their chemical structure, oral steroids have very short half-lives.
With some only lasting 3 – 5 hours.
This is why they often require frequent dosing.
They are not absorbed or broken down in the same way as injectables.
So they often provide unique side-effects.
Again, more on that later.
Some people with a lot of experience with steroids will use oral steroids to begin a cycle before utilizing injectables.
Whereas others will use then intra-cycle.
When they have hit a plateau, and they will do so in order to kick-start their gains.
Now we’ll look at arguably the more popular and well-known form of steroids out there.
When you see TV shows, movies, and even news reports running biased smear campaigns against steroid use, 99% of the time the steroids shown as those which are injected.
Injectable steroids can be administered intramuscularly or subcutaneously.
Many of them are oil-based and are designed to have much longer half-lives than oral steroids.
Because of this, far less frequent dosing is required.
Whereas oral steroids often need to be consumed each day.
Or every other day, oral steroids often only need to be administered once or twice per week.
Again, however, this all depends on the half-life of the steroid in question.
Because some are shorter than others.
They stay in the bloodstream for much longer and are often slower to react so can provide very noticeable and impressive gains over a prolonged period of time.
They actually, ironically, provide far less-severe side effects than most oral steroids.
Despite this, people see them as being more powerful and more dangerous than oral steroids because injecting a needle into your own body seems a lot more extreme.
In fact, most people are put off from using injectables because of the fact that they either need to inject themselves.
Or they need somebody else to do it for them.
Not only that but when you use injectable steroids, you need to source the needles, you need to dispose of them properly.
And most people also need to hide them in their homes away from family members and loved ones.
Again, this all seems very seedy and shady.
Because many of us associate needles with illegal drug use such as heroin.
Okay, other than the fact that one is swallowed in pill form and the other is injected.
What are the main differences between oral steroids and injectable steroids?
Primarily, these differences include:
The first main difference between the two forms of steroids is the frequency of dosing.
It is the frequency of dosing that often first comes to mind.
This is because they need to be taken at different frequencies to get the most from them.
Oral steroids are taken every day.
every other day, or sometimes twice per day with some forms of the drug.
As we mentioned before, this is due to the half-life of the drug.
Orals have much shorter half-lives than injectables and so they are processed by the body much quicker.
Injectable steroids often only need one or two injections per week and you’re set.
This makes injectables less encroaching on personal time.
Needless to say, how these steroids are administered is key to distinguishing the main differences between each one.
Intramuscular injections are typically the most popular and common way to inject steroids.
This means that they are directly injected into the muscle.
Large muscle groups are chosen because as they are bigger, they basically give you more to aim at.
The glutes and quadriceps muscles are the two largest muscle groups in the body.
Which is why these are the most common muscles to inject steroids into.
It is, however, important to change injection sites because if you inject the same spot every time.
You will suffer all kinds of complications which could even potentially be fatal.
Oral steroids are swallowed in tablet/pill form, and occasionally in liquid form.
If you need somebody to explain to you how to swallow a tablet then our advice would be to stay well clear of steroids and do a little more self-educating first.
We will say, however, that taking them with a meal is recommended as this will speed up absorption and help you to avoid digestive issues.
This is where the shadiness of steroid use becomes apparent.
Whether you are drug tested for employment reasons, athletic reasons, or personal reasons.
It’s important to know how long steroids will stay in your system and show up on a drug test.
As oral steroids have short half-lives, they are out of your system very quickly.
As a lot of injectables are oil-based.
However, they have much longer half-lives so they stay in your system for much longer.
Put simply, if you have a drug test coming up, or you may have.
Injectables will stay in your system for much, much longer than oral steroids.
Steroids, whether oral or injectable, are very dangerous.
They provide countless side-effects and have cost many-a-person their life.
There aren’t actually that many differences when it comes to oral vs injectable steroids, although one primary difference is liver toxicity.
This is crucial to know so we’re going to cover that individually next.
For now, common side-effects include: acne, digestive issues, increased blood pressure, increased LDL cholesterol, organ damage, insomnia, sweating, hair loss, mood swings, gynecomastia or gyno, water retention, bloating, stomach cramps, testosterone production suppression, Palumboism, and more.
When it comes to oral steroids.
They are seen as safer than injectable steroids to the untrained eye.
This is because they seem less-extreme.
However, oral steroids are actually very toxic to the liver.
This is because they are 17-AA steroids.
This means that at the 17th atom, their structure has been chemically altered to allow them to pass through the liver without being removed and filtered from the body.
This alteration, however, plays havoc with your liver’s health and function and over time can provide very serious damage.
Always use Milk Thistle supplements for on and post-cycle support, along with PCT.
Yes! No matter which form of steroid you take, Post Cycle Therapy is always needed!
Clomid and Nolvadex are two common drugs used for PCT.
But it all depends on which steroids you use in the first place.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.