Clenbuterol, interestingly, is not a steroid compound but its effects are similar to steroids. It is a beta-2-symphatomimetic compound available in various forms of administration, including syrups, drops, liquids, dosing aerosols, injectable solutions, and granules.
Clenbuterol causes a solid, highly qualitative muscle growth in tandem with significant strength gain. Clenbuterol, most importantly, has a strong anti-catabolic effect that decreases the rate at which protein is reduced in the muscle cell. It is because of this effect numerous athletes use Clenbuterol after steroid treatment to balance the resulting catabolic phase and thus obtain/retain maximum strength and muscle mass.
Clenbuterol is also preferred for its distinct fat-burning effect. It burns fat without dieting by increasing the body temperature slightly, thereby forcing the body to burn fat in this process. Clenbuterol is thus more than just a favorite competition compound among professional bodybuilders. An especially intense fat-burning effect occurs when Clenbuterol is combined with the LT3-thyroid hormone compound Cytomel.
Due to the higher body temperature effected by Clenbuterol, the effect of anabolic/androgenic steroids taken simultaneously is magnified as the protein processing rate is increased.
Clenbuterol dosage is dependent on body weight and can be optimized by measuring the body temperature. Athletes usually take 5-7 tablets, 100-140 mcg per day. For women 80-100 mcg/day is usually sufficient. It is advisable to begin Clenbuterol by taking only one tablet on the first day and then increasing the dosage by one tablet each of the following days until the desired maximum dosage is reached. The compound is usually taken over a period of 8-10 weeks.
With Clenbuterol, on one hand, emphasis is placed on the burning of fat; on the other hand, importance is placed on ensuring a balanced relationship between strength and muscle growth as well as fat reduction.
Clenbuterol, not being a hormone compound, has no side effects that are typical of anabolic steroids and is thus a preferred supplement for women. General possible side effects of Clenbuterol include restlessness, palpitations, tremor (involuntary trembling of fingers), headache, increased perspiration, insomnia, possible muscle spasms, increased blood pressure, and nausea. But these side effects are of a temporary nature and usually subside after 8-10 days of continued use of the product.
Clenbuterol is easily available on the black market and costs between $0.70 and $1.20 per 0.02 mg tablet. In Europe the substance Clenbuterol hydrocloride is only available by prescription. Clenbuterol is not officially available in the U.S.