• Norethandrolone: Uses, Side Effects and Common Brands

  • Norethandrolone is an oral steroid that is used to increase the muscle mass and strength in athletes and bodybuilders. Norethandrolone is a drug that belongs to the anabolic steroids class of drugs and it is a derivative of nortestosterone. It is available for oral administration as tablets. Norethandrolone is considered a mild to moderate anabolic with moderate androgenic activity. Norethandrolone is a mild anabolic steroid but it has the "reputation" of a more estrogenic steroid. The extra estrogen may lead to the development of gynecomastia therefore it is indicated to use anti-estrogen agents from the start of a cycle in order to decrease the incidence of such adverse events. Before starting to use the drug, consult a doctor and analyze all possible risks for your medical condition. Do not use norethandrolone if you have an apparent hypersensitivity to it or to any of its ingredients. Norethandrolone is a very rare anabolic steroid; therefore it may be traded on the black market. It is contraindicated the use of norethandrolone unless you have a prescription. The abuse and overdosage with it may be dangerous and result in severe side effects.

    Use and Dosage

    Norethandrolone is a drug that is available for oral administration as tablets. It is considered quite effective for increasing the muscular mass and strength. However, it is very toxic and aromatises easily. There have been reported cases of edema (water retention) with this anabolic steroid. Therefore, it is very important to follow the prescription exactly and not change the doses once you started the cycle with a specified amount per day.

    Norethandrolone is considered an anabolic agent with an even separation between protein building and virilization. It may be used in women, but virilization is a more common side effects rather than in male users. Therefore, it is not quite the most indicated anabolic steroid for female athletes. Also, women are mostly susceptible to the risk of infertility than men. It should be used with great caution.

    General Information and Precautions

    Taking into consideration the fact that norethandrolone is an anabolic steroid; users need to take all measures of precaution in order to decrease the incidence of adverse events and worsening of existing symptoms.

    • Diabetic users need to stay under close supervision of physicians for the whole period of taking norethandrolone due to the fact that it may decrease the blood sugar levels. Therefore, it is necessary to make regular blood sugar tests in order to diminish the risks of low blood sugar levels.
    • It is indicated to use anti-progesteronic agents from the start cycle of norethandrolone in order to decrease the incidence of such side effects as water retention, gynecomastia and acne.
    • Users need to be aware of the increased toxicity for the liver function. It is recommended to make periodic tests that evaluate the liver enzymes level and other indicators in order to evaluate how norethandrolone in fact acts on the liver. If you have an existing liver disease, overweigh the potential benefits from its usage with increased risk of worsening the existing condition.
    • Avoid the use of norethandrolone if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Discuss with your healthcare provider all the risks from its usage during pregnancy. Clinical studies have demonstrated that anabolic steroids cross the placenta and may affect the development of the fetus. It may cause development of male features in female fetus and other malformation defects. If you become pregnant during the usage of norethandrolone prevent your doctor right away, discontinue with the drug and make sure you eliminate any risk for the further development of the fetus.
    • Nursing mothers are advised to stop the breastfeeding while using this drug. It is excreted into breast milk and may harm the development of the baby. It mostly affects the bone growth.
    • Prevent your doctor about all medicines you are taking, including prescription, non-prescription, herbal products, vitamins, minerals and natural supplements. Generally, norethandrolone is well tolerated and it does not interact with a wide range of medicines. However, it is not indicated the concomitant administration of it with anti-diabetic agents, oral anticoagulants and antidepressants. Take the complete list of potential interactions with norethandrolone and avoid the concurrent usage of those medicines.
    • It is recommended to periodically assess the level of cholesterol. An increased cholesterol level may increase the incidence of heart or blood vessels problems. In order to anticipate such adverse events, make all necessary laboratory tests and control the effect of norethandrolone.
    • If you forgot to take a dose of norethandrolone, do not worry; take it as soon as you remember. The concentration of norethandrolone in blood will not change dramatically; however try to not miss more than two doses in a row. Also, try to not take a double dose to make up for the skipped one.

    Possible Side Effects

    Like most of medicines, oxandrolone may cause side effects when used in indicated dosage. It is an obvious fact if taking into consideration that it is an anabolic steroid that is perceived differently by each user. The side effects users may experience with norethandrolone are similar to all anabolic steroids. The most common side effects patients may experience with norethandrolone are the following:

    • Skin color changes;
    • Oily skin and acne;
    • Hair loss;
    • Nausea and vomiting.

    Generally, the enumerated adverse effects may occur at the beginning of usage of it. Do not get alarmed if you get to experience any of the enumerated side effects. However, if the symptoms get persistent and bothersome, report about it and take all appropriate measures to treat them.

    More rare side effects are the following:

    • Trouble urinating;
    • Central system disorders such as depression, insomnia, anxiety;
    • Frequent/prolonged erections. If males experience such adverse event, discontinue with the drug and seek prompt medical attention and assistance.

    These side effects are mostly common for male users. But, as mentioned above, norethandrolone may be used in women as well. The side effects common to female athletes are the following:

    • Virilization;
    • Enlarged clitoris;
    • Masculinizing effects such as hoarseness, deepening of the voice;
    • Unusual hair growth on face and body;
    • Irregular menstrual periods.

    Beside the enumerated possible side effects with norethandrolone, it may cause more severe side effects such as liver dysfunction and in very rare cases, liver failure. If the user already has liver impairment, he/she is contraindicated the use of this anabolic steroid as it may worsen the existing symptoms. The symptoms of liver problems are the following: dark urine, persistent abdominal and stomach pain, unusual tiredness, yellowing of skin/eyes. If any of the enumerated symptoms are observed, contact your healthcare provider right away, discontinue with the drug and treat the symptoms.


    • It is recommended to store norethandrolone at the room temperature below 30 degrees.
    • Keep it out of the sight and reach of children.
    • Do not store the drug in the kitchen or in the bathroom near sink in order to avoid moisture.
    • Keep it away from direct sunlight and heat in order to protect it from deterioration.
    • Do not use expired drug, always check for the expiry date at the bottom of the package.
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