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Arimidex (anastrozole) preventing bodybuilders\' testosterone from aromatizing into estrogen and increasing \'free\' testosterone

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Arimidex (anastrozole) preventing bodybuilders\' testosterone from aromatizing into estrogen and increasing \'free\' testosterone

Dear Friend and Fellow Athlete,

target="_blank">Arimidex (anastrozole) is one of
several  drugs used to combat estrogen related problems in
both men and women.  Estrogen reduction can be accomplished in
several ways – by blocking it,  by destroying it, by occupying
existing estrogen receptors,  by lowering sex hormone binding
globulin which in turn prevents estrogen from forming, or, as is the
case with Anastrozole, by preventing excess testosterone from
aromatizing into estrogen in the first place.

alt="Arimidex" align="right" height="254"
hspace="10" width="350">Which method of estrogen
reduction is preferable is dependant on several factors but for most
bodybuilders,  an anti aromatase is often the best choice and
in this regard, Anastrozole works very well.  It also has the
additional, unique advantage of increasing “Free” testosterone.

target="_blank">Arimidex also works well as an
adjunct to Hormone Replacement Therapy. It  keeps estrogen low
thus preventing possible prostate enlargement while it helps to
maintain some natural testosterone production even while taking an
exogenous source of testosterone as well.  Overall, not a bad

There are several benefits to keeping estrogen in check, exclusive to
the bodybuilder, most notably avoiding gynecomastia as well as the
reduction of water retention and fat storage.  For this reason
anti e’s are often overused to compensate for poor diet, faulty
training and improper stacking of anabolics.  Lowering
estrogen too much can result in lowered libido, depression, bone loss,
increased LDL, decreased HDL , impaired  IGF-1 and even
lessened muscle growth.   So any anti-e drug should
be used with discretion and caution, including href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/arimidex"
target="_blank">Arimidex, even though the side
effects tend to be mild in most cases.

Since target="_blank">Testosterone is usually a base
drug for most any cycle, some estrogen management is advised and
considering Anastrozole is quite potent, it doesn’t take much to keep
estrogen at the optimum level.   Results vary but ¼
of a tab  (1/4 mg) either every other day or even every 3
days  is usually sufficient for most cycles where testosterone
is less than 750 mgs a week – more Arimidex is needed if using
additional aromatizing compounds like href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/dianabol"
target="_blank">Dianabol  -- less if
using non aromatizing compounds like href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/anavar" target="_blank">Anavar
or target="_blank">Primobolan.

When checking estrogen levels with a blood test, the optimum
level for both health and appearance should be between 10-20 ngs.

Arimidex is pretty mild on blood lipids and does not seem to impact
libido the way other anti aromatases can.  In fact, 
many men report a libido boost while using it.

Over the last few years, href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/arimidex"
target="_blank">Arimidex has gained popularity as
a Post Cycle Therapy drug.  In the past SERMS, such as Clomid
were the preferred choice, but Anastrozole is proving itself to be a
worthy contender in aiding recovery through the inhibition of excess
estrogen which may occur in the suppressed stages following a
cycle.  The use of HCG is recommended following a cycle and
since it too can increase estrogen,  Arimidex  should
be used in conjunction with that as well.

Anastrozole is relatively easy to find.  Even many
“life–extension” websites sell it - though they tend to charge far more
than overseas target="_blank">on-line pharmacy’s href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/rx" target="_blank">. 

The brand name Arimidex is on the pricey side – about $200 for 30
tablets but considering one tablet lasts for two weeks, you’ll be
covered for some time.

There are several generic and UG versions available at about half the
cost of the prescription brand.

And here is some more technical data on Arimidex:

target="_blank">Arimidex (anastrozole) is an anti
estrogenic drug developed for the treatment of advanced breast cancer
in women. Specifically, this agent is the first in a newer class of
third generation selective oral aromatase inhibitors. It acts by
blocking the enzyme aromatase, subsequently blocking the production of
estrogen in the body. Since many forms of breast cancer cells are
stimulated by estrogen, reducing levels of this hormone in the body may
retard the progression of the disease. This is also the fundamental use
of target="_blank">tamoxifen citrate href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/nolvadex"
target="_blank"> ( href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/nolvadex"
target="_blank">Nolvadex href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/nolvadex"
target="_blank">), except Nolvadex blocks the
action of estrogen at the receptor, not its actual endogenous

The effects of anastrozole can be substantial, with a daily
dosage of 1mg capable of production estrogen suppression greater than
80% in treated patients. With the powerful effect this drug has on
hormone levels, it is usually only prescribed to post menopausal women.
Anastrozole was developed by Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and approved for
use in the United States at the end of 1995. The drug was developed as
a new adjunct treatment for operable breast cancer in postmenopausal
female patients, an area of medicine that had a long history of
nolvadex use. Substantial data was needed to shift prescribing trends
away from such an established medication treatment.

Most commonly called Anastrozole, this substance is a true aromatase
inhibitor which works by blocking the aromatase enzyme in the body,
thus limiting the amount of male hormones that are changed into
estrogen by the aromatase enzyme, a process called aromatization. This
compound has obvious href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/anabolic-steroids"
target="_blank">benefits to bodybuilders who use
aromatizing steroids such as testosterone. These individuals might face
estrogen related side effects such as water bloat and "gyno", but by
taking Anastrozole while on cycle, the chance of any of these sides are
greatly reduced.

In studies that have been done, Arimidex has been shown to
reduce estrogen in the body by roughly 50%. This is a good balance for
bodybuilders , because some estrogen is needed in order for the full
anabolic benefits of the steroids being taken to be achieved. These
results are typically the same with a dosage of .5 mg a day as they are
with a dosage of 1 mg a day, meaning that in most cases, a half tablet
a day will be sufficient for estrogen control throughout a cycle.
Typically, bodybuilders using Anastrozole will begin taking it the day
they start their cycle, and will run it throughout the duration of
steroid administration. It is also important to point out Arimidex’s
ability to increase testosterone in the body. Some studies have shown
that natural href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/testosterone"
target="_blank">testosterone levels have increases
as much as 60% after the use of this substance for 7 days. Because of
this, bodybuilders find this drug extremely effective during PCT where
as they are trying to elevate natural levels as much as possible in
order to avoid a post cycle "crash." Additionally, the use of
anastrozole may decrease fat mass, which can also be tied to estrogen
levels. The result can be a harder and much more defined look to the
muscles and physique, which makes this agent of interest for dieting
and cutting purposes as well.

Here\'s a few links to other articles on anti-estrogens:

target="_blank" added="null">Arimidex: How
Bodybuilders Prevent Estrogen Side-Effects with Anastrozole

target="_blank" added="null">Post Cycle Therapy with
Anti Estrogen and Aromatase Inhibitor Femara (Letrozole)

target="_blank" added="null">Letrozole: Bodybuilders
Lowering Estrogen Levels With Femara

target="_blank" added="null">Nolvadex in Bodybuilding
Using Tamoxifen on an Anabolic Steroid Cycle

target="_blank" added="null">Gynecomastia: A Dude
Grows Breasts - Estrogen Side Effects of Male Anabolic Steroid Use

And here\'s a few links to discuss Arimidex on the
EliteFitness.com Forums.

target="_blank">Arimidex dose for Test, Adrol, Dbol, Fina,
Eq, primo cycle 11 posts - 6
authors - Last post: Nov 2, 2002

Hey guys, I am running this cycle starting in two weeks and and
wondering how much Arimidex you would estimate I would need to keep
estrogen ...

target="_blank">Arimidex for PCT? 10
posts - 6 authors - Last
post: Dec 8, 2007

I have a cycle of testosterone Enathate and an accessible supply of
Arimidex , but no way to get Nolvadex and was wondering if i could use

target="_blank">enough arimidex? 4
posts - 3 authors - Last
post: Nov 2

my doc started me on 150 test. cypionate once a week and one 1mg
capsule of Arimidex 2 times a week. is that nearly enough?

target="_blank">OTC Anti-estrogen/blocker over ARIMIDEX...???
5 posts - 2 authors - Last
post: 13 hours ago

just a quick question.... when on cycle could u subtitute a good OTC
ant-estrogen/etrogen blocker for Arimidex ? cant get my hands on any???
and wen.

target="_blank">Femara or Arimidex to reduce E2? 3
posts - 2 authors - Last
post: Nov 9

Why arimidex instead of femara? kethnaab, Anabolic Steroids ...
Arimidex or Femara? greg21, PCT Post Steroid Cycle Therapy

target="_blank">Arimidex dose timing..... 6
posts - 3 authors - Last
post: May 25

What is the consensus among my fellow hrt users as to when the best
time of the week is to take your Arimidex , dose in relation to two ...

target="_blank">Liquid Letro and/or Liquid Arimidex Dose for
Gyno 11 posts - 6
authors - Last post: Jul 22

Hey bros, Think I may havesome gynecomastia issues, just came on in the
past week or so. Current cycle: Week 1 - 12 test e @ 500/week Week 1 ...

target="_blank">Arimidex or liquidex? 4
posts - 2 authors - Last
post: Aug 16

Hi guys, come across a few cases where people are using Arimidex to
cure gynecomastia. Other than cost, what is the difference between real

Yours in sport,

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George Spellwin

Here is a list of the premium drugs used for Post-Cycle Therapy (PCT):

target="_blank"> src="http://www.rxhealthdrugs.com/images/B/nolvadex-tamoxifen.gif"
alt="Nolvadex" align="left" height="100"
hspace="10" width="124">Nolvadex

This drugs is capable of blocking Estrogen from ever attaching to the
female-hormone receptors in the male breast tissue.  Nolvadex
will block the receptor sites on the breast tissue so that Estrogen can
never attach there and cause gynecomastia.  This is a very
important drugs for those who do not wish to suffer from puffy nipples.

href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/clomid" target="_blank"> src="http://www.rxhealthdrugs.com/images/B/clomid-clomiphene.gif"
alt="Clomid" align="right" height="100"
hspace="10" width="124">Clomid

This drug helps in recovering testosterone after a cycle.
 When using Anabolic Steroids, your testicles will diminish
their own testosterone production. using Clomid will help your
testicles regain their testosterone production to the same levels as
before you went on cycle.  A Bodybuilder only needs 100mg of
Clomid per day for a week in order to regain testosterone production.
 Clomid is the drugs every bodybuilder must have in their
cabinet before even starting their first cycle.

target="_blank"> href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/nolvadex"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 124px; height: 100px; float: left;"
alt="Arimidex" hspace="10">Arimidex

Arimidex is an aromatase inhibitor. It works by lowering blood Estrogen
concentrations, which may decrease the size and growth of breast tissue
in men.  Men who use Steroids are prone to growth of the
tissue around the breast area, a condition known as "Bitch-Tits" of
Gynecomastia.  Arimidex is a very potent medication capable of
 preventing and even reversing the growth of tissue in the
male chest area.  Arimidex is a drug used by almost every
bodybuilder who uses steroids.
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(Human Chorionic Gonadotropin)

HCG is an injectable preparation used by Bodybuilders for the purpose
of preventing and treating testicular shrinkage.  When a
Bodybuilder uses Steroids for a long period of time, the testicles of
the user will lose size and shrink due to the testicles producing less
testosterone during a Steroid cycle.  Using href="http://www.elitefitness.com/go/r1/hcg" target="_blank">HCG
during this time will both help the testicles regain size and also
bring the testicles back to normal size.  HCG can be used
during and after a cycle.


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