Sustanon 250 is the trade name for an injectable steroid designed to be a sustained-release testosterone shot. As the name indicates, the product has 250mg of testosterone per 1milliliter. By combining four different testosterone esters in the mix, the designers of Sustanon 250 were trying to eliminate the peak and trough in blood serum levels that using only a single ester would create. This created one of the best testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) steroids on the market.
Effects and Features
The benefits of using Sustanon 250 during a cycle are the same as using any testosterone, plus a couple of extra added bonuses due to the ester mix. Sustanon can be used less often than other versions of testosterone while still reaping the main benefits. Benefits like increasing muscle mass, increasing strength, increasing libido and improving recovery after each training session. Since sustanon is composed of four different ester chains that release at different times, the user does not experience the same abrupt peak and sharp decline when compared to other esters. The consistency in levels of testosterone help to minimize the chances of estrogen spikes and severe HPTA (hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal axis) suppression. Although long and persistent use of any form of testosterone will cause side effects, sustanon is considered by many bodybuilders to be responsible for less abrupt sides. Of course, this is a myth, it has the same side effects as any other testosterone ester.
Dosages and Usages
While it’s not necessary, some users end up injecting sustanon every 3 days. They feel it helps them take advantages of the propionate ester and keep a more consistent release of the drug. Although the pharmaceutical reason for the four ester was to spare the user multiple shots per week, it seems bodybuilders think the best way to take this ester mix is every 3 days. However, this is not the best way to dose sustanon. The most optimal injection schedule is every 5 days. In fact, most users will inject once a week without any issues. Most bodybuilders inject anywhere from 250mg to 1,500mg per week, with 500mg to 750mg being the most common dose. Some users feel they harness the full power of the propionate ester when they inject sustanon 250 every third day. This is not necessary, as weekly injections work fine.
Side-effects from using Sustanon 250 are consistent with side-effects of any testosterone. They include water retention and gynecomastia (bitch tits) from testosterone’s conversion to estrogen by the aromatase enzyme. Users on Sustanon also risk side-effects like hair loss and swelling of the prostate, mainly from testosterone’s conversion to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) by the 5-reductase enzyme. Both of these side-effects can be minimized with the use of selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) like nolvadex (tamoxifen) or aromatase inhibitors (AIs) like aromasin. Higher levels of testosterone also cause more oil to be secreted on the skin; thus, increasing your chances of getting acne. In addition, you will be more prone to sweating and your urine will have a “solvent-like” smell if you exceed 500-750mgs of sust per week. Bad cholesterol levels are also a problem while using testosterone. You should watch your diet, add high quality omega-3 fats, probiotics and fiber (psyllium husk).