Turinabol (Tbol) and Dianabol (Dbol) have caused quite a stir in the industry with people wanting to know the difference between the two. To many, they are a source of constant confusion.
However, in reality, though very similar in structure and composition, Dbol and Tbol are quite different in every aspect. In this article, we are going to explore the differences of these two steroids in terms of structure, gains, and side effects.
Dianabol or Dbol is one of the most known trade names for methandienone. It is the same compound that has historically been most commonly used to enhance physique and performance. It is derived from testosterone and modified so than its androgenic properties are reduced. However, its anabolic tissue building capabilities are increased. An interesting fact and one that is not known by many is Dianabol and equipoise are structurally identical except for the c17-alpha-methyl group that Dbol has. They, however, act very differently. Dbol interacts with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme to convert into a more potent steroid.
On the other hand, Tbol, an oral steroid, is a potent derivative of Dbol. Structurally, it is a cross between clostebol (4-cholorotestosterone) and methandrostenolone. It, therefore, has the same base structure as Dianabol but with the additional 4-chloro variation of clostebol. We can, therefore, say that Turinabol is a very close relative of Dianabol but having no estrogenic activity and lower androgenic activity compared to Dianabol.
Being the more potent steroid of the two, Dbol will give you much better gains in both strength and size than Tbol would. However, once you off-cycle, you could lose up to 50% of acquired mass. This is mostly because of the high water retention properties of Dbol. Dbol’s advantage over Tbol is that it stacks quite well with other steroids like Deca 300 and testosterone enanthate. This means that you can get exceptional gains in muscle mass and strength, but you will have more side effects to cope with.
With Tbol, while the strength and size gains are good, they are no match for Dbol. The best part of Tbol, however, is that even after you off cycle, you will still retain much of the gained mass and strength. But this is dependent on PCT and obviously, your diet. It also has lesser side effects as we will see in the following section.
Turinabol has some of the mildest side effects of any anabolic steroid. It is sometimes also called “Dianabol without the bloat”. This is because it has no estrogenic side effects, so you stand less chance of retaining water or risking gynecomastia. In some people, however, it can cause loss of appetite and a feeling of being sick. Apart from these, no other major side effect of using Tbol has been reported.
While Dianabol’s side effects are usually more pronounced, with proper use and dosage, it is possible to avoid them altogether. However, it is good to have an idea of what to expect. If not used correctly, Dbol can cause the following side effects:
– Excess water retention
– High Blood Pressure (hypertension)
– Low LDL cholesterol
– High HDL cholesterol
Additionally, because the production of natural testosterone is usually suppressed when using Dbol, it is recommended that you supplement it with exogenous testosterone when you are using Dbol.