This is where it all started. The oral form was originally developed back in 1956 by Dr. John Ziegler and Ciba labs. This was the first steroid used by American athletes and was the only steroid anyone in this country talked about until the late 1970’s, by which time it had earned the nickname, “the breakfast of champions;” a sly wink at 1971 Kurt Vonnegut satire about depravity in the modern age—that and the fact several pro-football clubs greeted their players each morning with breakfast and those little pink pills. Methandrostenolone is by far the most popular steroid used by athletes. Ciba labs discontinued the brand name Dianabol in USA during the 1990’s because the FDA decided the only people using this drug were athletes. Dianabol pictures:
Injectable steroids are injected into muscle tissue, not into the veins. They are slowly released from the muscles into the rest of the body, and may be detectable for months after last use. Injectable steroids can be oil-based or water-based. Injectable anabolic steroids which are oil-based have longer half-life than water-based steroids. Both steroid types have much longer half-lives than oral anabolic steroids. And this is proving to be a drawback for injectables as they have high probability of being detected in drug screening since their clearance times tend to be longer than orals. Athletes resolve this problem by using injectable testosterone early in the cycle then switch to orals when approaching the end of the cycle and drug testing is imminent.