Clenbuterol is a medical drug that improves performance. In many sports it is forbidden to use. The drug has a bronchodilator effect and is used to treat diseases of the lungs, asthma, as it relaxes smooth muscles.Clenbuterol is very similar in composition to albuterol, which is used to treat asthma. However, in the USA it was banned for human use. There they are treated horses.
Currently, the United States and European countries have banned the use of clenbuterol in livestock. Despite this, it is still used to increase the muscle mass of livestock. So, athletes who have found clenbuterol in their blood claim that they had eaten infected meat the day before. A vivid example of this is the three-time Tour de France champion, the Spanish athlete Alberto Contador, whose test for Clenbuterol was positive, said he had consumed the meat of an animal treated with this drug.
The World Anti-Doping Agency classifies clenbuterol as an illicit drug, which means the drug is doping. However, it is still used in sports to burn fat and increase muscle mass. Especially common drug in bodybuilding.
The synthesis of muscle proteins is increased, thereby increasing the size of skeletal muscles. At the same time, metabolism accelerates, which effectively helps burn fat. Studies conducted on animals have shown that clenbuterol leads to cell death, as well as apoptosis in muscles. It is still unclear how long-term use of the drug affects the performance of athletes, their muscle strength, and overall heart health.
Clenbuterol has a long half-life. For this reason, its use in sports purposes is impractical. However, its action is long lasting. This drug is a powerful fat burner, but do not confuse it with an anabolic steroid.
The effect of clenbuterol is as follows
the sympathetic nervous system is activated, and beta-2 adrenoreceptors are excited. As a result, starts the process of burning fat (lipolysis). The drug inhibits the active actions of lipoprotein lipase, as a result of which the fats practically cease to be deposited. The increased secretion of the thyroid gland also affects fat burning.
Another effect of the drug is anti-catabolic. It protects the muscles from various kinds of damage during the drying process. Therefore, it is used in bodybuilding for fat burning and drying. For greater effect, it is used in conjunction with ketotifen or thyroxin.
The dosage of clenbuterol used for drying is as follows
men use 130 mcg per day, women – 90 mcg per day. It is used for two weeks. In the case of more prolonged use, the body gets used and the effect decreases. After a two-week course, you should take a break for two weeks and then resume the course. If ketotifen is also taken with clenbuterol, the duration of the course can be increased. For better absorption, it is recommended to follow a diet, as well as consume more protein and vitamins.
On the first day, you must consume 20 micrograms. Within six days, the dosage should be increased by 20 micrograms daily. For another six days, you need to keep the level at 120 mcg per day. On the thirteenth day, the dose is reduced to 80 μg, on the fourteenth – to 40 μg. Then a break for two weeks. Take the drug should be in the morning. This will help reduce insomnia, as one of the side effects. When the dosage reaches 120 mcg, then it is necessary to take it in the morning and at lunchtime at 60 mcg.
To avoid side effects (insomnia, palpitations, nervous system arousal) were not felt, it should be taken simultaneously with antiallergic drugs – ketotifen.
In this case, the dosage will be as follows: on the first day, start with 20 micrograms. Until the fourth day, increase the dose by 20 mcg daily. The fifth day is to receive 100 μg of clenbuterol simultaneously with 1 mg of ketotifen. Starting from the 6th day to the 27th inclusive, you should use 120 mg of clenbuterol, and ketotifen – 2 mg. On the 28th day – the dose of Clenbuterol is 80 mcg, and ketotifen – 2 mg. On the 29th day, the dosage is as follows: Clenbuterol – 50 mg, ketotifen – 2 mg. On the 30th day, you must apply 35 μg of clenbuterol together with 1 mg of ketotifen. Next is to take a two-week break.
Clenbuterol is recommended to be taken in the morning. With increased doses 2 times – in the morning, at lunch. Ketotifen is used in the evening.
Clenbuterol together with thyroxin has an even greater effect. But in this case the risk of side effects increases. They are the following in this drug: cardiac hypertrophy, dangerous damage to the heart, arrhythmia, cell death, muscle tremor, high pressure, heavy sweating, insomnia, nausea, sudden death, etc. The body loses potassium, seizures may occur. Therefore, it is recommended to take, together with the drug, for example, asparkam, panangin.
Athletes using clenbuterol should carefully consider all the pros and cons. Its long-term use can lead to negative consequences. No one guarantees an absolute result, just as no one is sure about the quality of the drug.
In general, Clentuberol can be replaced by less dangerous drugs, for example, anabolic steroids, good nutrition and a well thought out training regimen.