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Most Popular and Effective Anabolic Steroids (Survey Results)

Daniel Brady | June 23, 2013 in Supplements
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This survey of 1955 US males, (average 31 years old, 89% caucasian, 50% single, 74% with a degree) shines a light on steroid use in males.[1]

This article and data should not be taken as recommendations, but as insights that can help you to better understand a little discussed topic. Anyway, let’s get to the first set of survey results: steroid names by usage and rating. I’ll bold the most interesting results.

Steroid Users Rated Effectiveness
Anadrol (oxymetholone) 753 72%
Anavar (oxandrolone) 724 74%
Clenbuterol 967 68%
Dianabol (methandrostenolone) 1269 80%
Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate) 1242 80%
Dynabolan (nandrolone undecanoate) 388 66%
Equipoise (boldenone undecanoate) 1053 80%
Furzabol 238 52%
Halotestin (fluoxymesterone) 380 60%
Human Growth Hormone (HGH) 545 82%
IGF-1 380 76%
Masterone (drostanolone) 391 74%
Methyltestosterone 346 54%
Primobolan (methenolone) 551 74%
Insulin 421 72%
Multi Ester Testosterone 1094 88%
Single Ester Testosterone 1529 94%
T3/T4 722 70%
Trenbolone 1002 90%
Winstrol (stanozolol) 1094 76%

Most Popular Anabolic Steroid Names

The most popular steroid choices are:

  • Dianabol (methandrostenolone)
  • Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate)
  • Winstrol (stanozolol)
  • Equipoise (boldenone undecanoate)
  • Trenbolone

Single and mutli ester testosterone were also compared with single ester coming out on top.

Most Effective Anabolic Steroid Names

By user rating, the most effective steroids are:

  • Trenbolone (the clear winner)
  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH)
  • Dianabol (methandrostenolone)
  • Deca Durabolin (nandrolone decanoate)
  • Equipoise (boldenone undecanoate)

Single ester testosterone was also rated more highly than multi ester.

Single Ester versus Multi Ester Testosterone

While single ester testosterone was rated more highly by its users, single and multi ester testosterone act differently, so it’s a matter of personal preference. Single ester testosterone is cleared from your body quicker than multi ester, so it requires more frequent injections, is starts taking effect more quickly, and also comes with less side effects. Multi ester so the reverse.

The Winner

Trenbolone is the highest rated anabolic steroid ans also popular. It can be either short of long ester: Trenbolone Acetate (short) or Trenbolone Enanthate / Hexahydrobenzylcarbonate (long) depending on preference.

Average Testosterone Dosage

84% of the respondents inject between 200mg and 999mg per week. In our previous article, we found that 600mg per week roughly triples results in the gym. Tripling your gains already seems highly significant, so doses over 600mg seem excessive in most cases.

Average Testosterone Dosage

Most Popular and Effective Side-Effect Management Drugs

Side-Effect Management Drug Users Rated Effectiveness Benefits
Accutane 151 90% Acne prevention
Antidepressants 182 70% Improved mood
Arimidex (anastrozole) 804 87% Decrease androgen conversion to estrogen (and its side-effects)
Aromasin (exemestane) 160 90% Decrease androgen conversion to estrogen (and its side-effects)
Antianxiety medications 219 76% Reduce anxiety
Blood pressure medications 190 80% Lower blood pressure
Clomid (clomiphene citrate) 1210 80% Prevents estrogen related side-effects and restores testosterone production
Femara (letrozole) 280 90% Decrease androgen conversion to estrogen (and its side-effects) and restores testosterone production
Proscar, Propecia (finasteride) 211 70% Prevents balding
Human Chorionic gonadrotropin (HCG) 840 87% Reverse and prevent testicular atrophy
Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate) 1277 87% Prevents estrogen related side-effects and restores testosterone production
Sleeping medications 444 87% Help sleeping
Viagra (sildenafil citrate); Cialis (tasalafil) 538 87% Treating erectile dysfunction

Most Popular Steroid Side-Effect Treatment Names

The most popular side-effect treatment drugs are:

  • Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate)
  • Clomid (clomiphene citrate)
  • Human Chorionic gonadrotropin (HCG)
  • Arimidex (anastrozole)

Most Effective Steroid Side-Effect Treatment Names

By user rating, the most effective side-effect treatment drugs are:

  • Accutane
  • Aromasin (exemestane)
  • Femara (letrozole)
  • Arimidex (anastrozole)
  • Human Chorionic gonadrotropin (HCG)
  • Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate)
  • Sleeping medications
  • Viagra (sildenafil citrate); Cialis (tasalafil)

The Winner

There is no clear winner, since the treatment depends on the symptoms or the symptoms you want to avoid. In general though, Nolvadex (tamoxifen citrate) seems the best by providing protection against side effects and also helping to restore natural testosterone production. It is rated 87% and the most popular of all treatments.


I hope you’ve picked up some useful insights from those survey results, helping you to know which steroids and side-effect treatments are most popular and which provide the most satisfaction to their users.

  1. A league of their own: demographics, motivations and patterns of use of 1,955 male adult non-medical anabolic steroid users in the United States. Jason Cohen, Rick Collins, Jack Darkes, and Daniel Gwartney []

Daniel has a strong interest in evidence supported fitness training, preparation and supplementation. His goal is to provide clear information that simply works. He's currently 16 kg of muscle above his starting weight (7kg in the past 12 months), and targeting a continued growth rate of 5kg+ per year.
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