Also known as methylepitiostanol, Epistane is a prohormone. Epistane may be listed as 2a,3a-epithio17a methyl-17b-hydroxy-5a-androstane and 2a,3a-epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol. It was made popular under the names Havoc and Hemaguno early on. Epistane is a derivative of DHT but is non-aromatizing and non-progestanic.
Gains with Epistane are considered dry and hard. Epistane should cause an increase in strength, libido, and a well-being. Epistane also shows anti-estrogenic effects meaning it may also reduce estrogen while on cycle. You will not need an anti-aromatase while on cycle with Epistane.
Although not conclusive, there is some evidence to support its conversion to desoxymethyltestosterone (Pheraplex).
Generally Epistane is reserved for cutting cycles but it is strong enough to be used in bulking cycles.
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It is not recommended that females take Epistane.
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Epistane is methylated but does cause less damage to the liver than most methylated compounds thus allowing for slightly longer cycles (4-6 weeks).
Epistane can be taken for cycles of 4-6 weeks. Beginners should start with 4 weeks and novice/advanced users may go up to 6 weeks.
Users generally begin to see results by days 10-14.
Epistane should be split in 2-3 per day doses dependent upon the amount of Epistane per capsule. It is best taken 4-6 hours apart.
Why/why not? Epistane may be taken with or without food. Being methylated it does not need anything else to allow for proper absorption. Just take your doses 4-6 hours apart.
It is not recommended to consume alcohol with Epistane or any prohormone.
While there is no specific diet for Epistane, you will adjust your calories dependent upon your goals. To gain mass and weight you will eat calories in a surplus and to lose weight you will reduce calories.
Common side effects with Epistane are back pumps, cramps, dry skin and joints and increased blood pressure.
Epistane is anti-estrogenic and also contains anti-aromatase properties so it will not cause gyno.
Users of Epistane generally notice an uplift in mood and well-being on cycle.
It is uncommon for users to experience hair loss but some have noticed shedding after weeks 3-4.
Increased blood pressure is usually the cause of headaches while on cycle and this may be common with Epistane.
Epistane may cause a drying out of the joints. This is common and may lead to some joint pain.
Most users report an increase in libido at the beginning of the cycle and a leveling off towards the middle and end.
Some users have reported lethargy while it is uncommon.
Epistane may cause uplift in mood and well-being.
If you are experiencing nausea with Epistane, make sure to take your dose with food and this should be eliminated.
Epistane should not cause any water retention and actually should dry you out.
An example of a pulse cycle would be taking Epistane on workout days only or every other day. Also the cycle may last for a longer period of time due to not taking it every day. Many will experiment with 40mg of Epistane on workout days or every other day and the cycle will last for around 8 weeks. Many feel this will cause fewer side effects but will also lead to fewer gains. This cycle was made popular with the original IBE Epistane but is not very common now.
Epistane along with all prohormones should not be taken for longer than 8 weeks at a time.
Typical pulse cycle doses are 40mg every other day.
To cover all bases pulse cycling should still be followed by a proper PCT.
A pulse cycle should go no longer than 8 weeks.
Epistane does have some anti-aromatase properties which have shown a reduction in gyno but will not completely eliminate it.
Epistane may reduce gyno but will not completely reverse it.