Epiandrosterone is better known by bodybuilders as Epi-Andro. So during this review, I’ll mostly refer to it as that.
I’m going to do here is quickly tell you everything you need to know about using Epi-Andro, primarily as a strength and cutting supplement.
I’ll talk you through exactly what it is, and whether it’s as potent (and potentially damaging) as the old prohormones that were banned back in 2004.
Then I’ll talk you through Epi-Andro results, dosage, how good it is for cutting, and whether it’s one of the prohormones for bodybuilding you should be looking at in preference to SARMs.
Epi-Andro Potency & History
I want to start this Epi-Andro review by going through all the different names it’s known as, because it creates an incredible amount of confusion online.
All of these different names refer to the same thing, they all refer to the prohormone we are discussing:
- Mesotrope (brand name)
- Dymethazine (brand name)
As you can see, it’s a bewildering array of different names. That’s why so many people get confused about what exactly they are buying.
It was first conceived and synthesized in the 1930s. It was found to not be particularly potent, but it was effective at producing some degree of anabolic results.
It is basically a metabolite of DHEA, and is one of a group of similar prohormones collectively known as “Andro’s”.
A prohormone is something that has to be metabolized into the hormonal form, so it’s a precursor to the hormone that drives the effects in the body. In the case of Andro’s, to increase serum testosterone concentrations.
Epiandrosterone Results: What’s Realistic?
Now I want to talk to you about the important bit. What results can you expect, and what’s realistic? How much does the marketing around Epi-Andro and similar prohormones match reality, and how do those results compared to SARMs?
Epi-Andro is claimed by people selling it, and people who advocate it in the bodybuilding world, to have the following key benefits:
- Increased strength
- Faster lean muscle mass growth
- Increased vascularity
- Higher libido
- Shorter recovery times
- Faster than natural fat loss
- Lean and dry muscle gains
- Elevated energy levels
I will say here that in common with many of these other new breeds a prohormones, Epi-Andro isn’t that potent.
It definitely is better than natural bodybuilding supplements mostly, but you do have to work out hard to really get the maximum benefits.
I found I significantly cut fat, had dramatically increased vascularity, and had an awful lot of energy.
After 10 weeks on this stuff I didn’t see the levels of lean and dry muscle mass that I was expecting. Compared to androgenic SARMs, it definitely wasn’t as potent for me.
Cycling And Stacking Epi-Andro
Now you understand what the realistic Epiandrosterone results you can achieve in a single cycle are, let’s talk about cycle length, and whether you should stack prohormones like Epi-Andro.
Because of how aggressive this can be in the body, I wouldn’t recommend a cycle length of longer than eight weeks. In fact, a lot of guys only run this for six weeks at a maximum.
That’s because it can produce acute side effects. Also, those negative effects can take time to build up, and then hit you hard. The more time you are taking Epi-Andro for, the more aggressive they can be a few weeks down the line.
I wouldn’t advise you stack Epi-Andro with another prohormone either. All you will be doing is doubling up on your chances of aggressive side effects. I’ll talk more about the side effects you could get in a moment.
You could stack Epi-Andro with a non-androgenic supplement though. Some non-androgenic SARMs like Cardarine could work to give you even more energy and help you cut fat.
Or you could pair up a prohormone with natural bodybuilding supplement, perhaps even natural plant steroids (sapogenins).
Epiandrosterone Dosage Range
Dosage of any bodybuilding supplement is very subjective. The reason for that is none of the supplements have ever been through proper human testing or regulated for any purpose at all, let alone bodybuilding benefits.
So all we can do is look anecdotal evidence from bodybuilding communities online, and people we know. I took advice from someone who had used this prohormone, and by cross-referencing that advice with online communities like Reddit.
All I would say is this can be aggressive in its side effects. In fact, you may find the risk of side effects outweigh the potential benefits.
I also looked at the three most popular products out there. None are great quality, but the dosage ranges are 50 mg, 125 mg, and 250 mg. However, two of those products (the higher doses) are derivatives which means there has to be a double metabolization in the body, leading to a lower actual dose of Epi-Andro.
If you can get your hands on Epi-Andro itself, then I would suggest a dose of around 200 mg. You’ll see guys online advising 300 mg, and for me that would be the top end.
I have seen a couple of nutters talking about doses of 1000-2000 mg per day! At that dosage range you’re risking a lot of side effects and potential future damage, and it can wreck your joints because of the aggressive energy and development you will experience.
Epi-Andro Side Effects & Warnings
This section is a vital part of the review. You’ll read a lot online that this new breed of bodybuilding prohormones is safe and legal. They aren’t covered by the 2004 USA legislation, and a good to buy and use.
That’s unfortunately a load of rubbish. Although they are different constructions, they are still covered mostly by the 2004 prohormone and anabolic steroid ban.
It’s important to remember here also, that Epi-Andro and similar prohormones are highly anabolic in nature, more like an anabolic steroid than an anabolic SARM. So you could get the side effects that anabolic steroids produce, but at a lower level (although if you are crazy enough to take doses of around 1000 mg then you could hit anabolic steroid levels of side effects).
Side effects you could experience using Epi-Andro include:
- Overproduction of DHT
- Shrinking testicles
- Prostate growth
- Higher levels of estrogen production
- Aggressive behavior
- Cardiovascular health deterioration
- Liver toxicity damage potential
Now it’s important to note here that this prohormone is far weaker than the old prohormones, and significantly weaker than anabolic steroids.
However, frequent use at high doses can produce some, or all, of those potential bad side effects.
I’ll just point out here that some of the idiots out there will claim that it doesn’t aromatize to estrogen, meaning you can’t get gyno problems. This is absolutely false, in line with anything else androgenic, you will minimize your testosterone production naturally, allowing a rise in the production and maintenance of estrogen levels.
Another widely reported side effect I want to mention here, which I experienced myself slightly, is that Epi-Andro can cause joint pain.
I’ll also finish this section by mentioning that in overproduction of DHT is the precursor to male pattern baldness. If you elevate these levels continuously, especially if you have an inherited predisposition to hair loss, then you could find you do kill hair follicles using this prohormone over several years.
Does Epi-Andro Require Use Of A PCT Supplement?
Prohormones for bodybuilding like Epi-Andro can be highly androgenic, and therefore do deplete natural testosterone production.
You’ll have to watch out for the signs of testosterone depletion post cycle, and take action.
At the very least, you’ll want to use Nolvadex for around four weeks. If you are suffering heavily, then four weeks of Clomid will be necessary.
Alternatives To Prohormones For Bodybuilding
I think the conclusion of my review has to be that you could try Epi-Andro, but don’t expect miracles after a single cycle.
This stuff isn’t very potent, especially not compared to the original prohormones.
I’d also suggest that the potential for side effects, especially if you use it over several cycles, could outweigh the bodybuilding benefits you can obtain.
The only way few to know if it will work for you is to give it a try. As long as you are aware of the risk and rewards, then if you are sensible, you shouldn’t really hit the huge problems some guys taking large doses do.
However, I want to also end by saying that SARMs for me are a better alternative. In comparison to Epi-Andro I found a cycle of an androgenic SARMs like RAD-140, S-23, LGD-4033, or even S-4, delivered leaner dry muscle gains, more energy, and stronger fat cutting properties.
For me, the best combo would be the non-androgenic Cardarine stacked with Ostarine for a mild cutting stack, or Ligandrol to get some dry muscle gains while cutting.
If you don’t fancy using SARMs, then a natural alternative is plant steroids. Known as sapogenins, there is growing evidence that these do have steroidal properties in the body.
Sapogenix from Huge Supplements is my recommendation. It has several different steroidal sapogenins in it, and is available at very reasonable price.