Clenbuterol, or Clen for short, is not an anabolic steroid, which means it is not a drug that is made from hormones like testosterone or estrogen. Clenbuterol is what is known as a beta-2-symphatomimetic. It increases muscle size because it slow the rate in which protein is taken away from the muscle cells.
Clenbuterol is also known, and widely taken, for its unique fat-burning properties. Clenbuterol increases the body’s metabolic rate by slightly increasing body temperature, which results in body fat being burned. Clenbuterol also reduces appetite at the same time, making it the perfect drug for people who want more definition to their muscles.
Cenbuterol usage and dosage
Clenbuterol is a powerful drug in that mere micrograms are all that is needed for it to work. A common dosage is 20 mcgs. The best way to take Clenbuterol is to take a dose then follow up with a second dose 10 hours later and a third dose 36 hours after that. Athletes will take much larger doses, however. Male athletes will consume 5 to 7 tablets per day, or around 100 mcgs. Female athletes will take around 80 mcgs.
Clenbuterol is available in many forms including powders, pills, gels, liquid drops, aerosols and syrups, although tablets are the preferred method.
Clenbuterol is widely available and usually costs between $0.70 and $1.25 per 20 mcg tablet.
Clenbuterol side effects
Although Clenbuterol isn’t a hormonal drug and therefore doesn’t have the usual side effects of gynocomastia or aggression, there are some side effects that need to be addressed. Because the drug increases fat burning and body temperature, it also causes heart rate increases. Insomnia, increased blood pressure and possible muscle spasms may also occur, however some of these problems have only showed up lab animals who were given doses well over what humans would take.
Clenbuterol has been researched for weigh loss and asthma, as well as serious health problems like severe heart failure.
Chemical name: 4-Amino-alpha-[(tert-butylamino)methyl]-3,5-dichlorobenzyl alcohol hydrochloride (IUPAC)
CAS number: 21898-19-1 (hydrochloride); 37148-27-9 (clenbuterol)
Molecular formula: C12H19OCl3 (as hydrochloride)
Molecular weight: 313.65
Appearance: Colourless microcrystalline powder (Merck Index)
White or slightly yellowish substance (sponsor)
Melting point: 174-175.5°C (Merck Index)