Andriol is an extremely unique oral testosterone medication that was developed in the early 1980’s by Organon. Upon release, Andriol rapidly became a leading testosterone medication in low testosterone treatment plans around the world. However, while approved for use across the globe it has never been sold in the U.S. but can be found in both Mexico and Canada.
Andriol is specifically an oral capsule that contains the testosterone hormone attached to the large Undecanoate ester and can be found in a 40mg strength. While carrying a 40mg potency, due to the mode of administration the individual will only absorb approximately 7% of the active testosterone.
Due to its makeup and lacking the traditional C17-aa nature associated with most oral anabolic steroids, Andriol is partially absorbed through the lymphatic system with dietary fat. This, in turn, prevents it from following the traditional pass through the liver where hepatic stress would otherwise occur.
While it carries a rather low bioavailability, Andriol is still testosterone meaning it carries an anabolic rating of 100 and an androgenic rating of 100. This rating shared by all testosterone hormones represents the measuring stick used to determine the anabolic and androgenic nature of all anabolic steroids. As a testosterone hormone, it will also carry all the traditional traits associated with all testosterone hormones, including injectable testosterone.
Medically, Andriol dosages are prescribed in the range of 120 – 160 mg per day for the first 2 to 3 weeks. Following this initial period, prescription guidelines call for a reduction of Andriol dosage to a maintenance schedule of 40 – 120mg per day.
For performance and physique enhancement, the Andriol dosage must understandably be far greater. A minimum of 250mg per day is required (6 or 7 capsules) to see any measurable effect, and many individuals claim that the results at this range are on the low end. Commonly, Andriol is used at a dosage of 400 – 500 (10 – 14 capsules) per day. Advanced or experienced users may require even higher dosages than that.
Due to the lipophilic nature of Andriol’s pharmacology, it is recommended that Andriol dosages be administered with the consumption of food / meals, ideally with a higher fat content in order to maximize its absorption in the body through the lymphatic system. When taken on an empty stomach, studies have demonstrated extremely low absorption and bioavailability of Andriol. Andriol dosages should also be split into two evenly spaced dosages (e.g. morning and evening) in order to maintain steady and stable blood serum levels of Testosterone.
Andriol cycles should generally follow the same guidelines as cycles of any other Testosterone products, though Andriol may have to be dosed higher due to its poor bioavailability. It can be used on its own in a solitary cycle, or used as a base Testosterone compound while other anabolic steroids are used. Cycle lengths of Andriol can range from 8 weeks to 12 weeks or more. As stated earlier, it is not a very popular Testosterone product for the purpose of performance or physique enhancement among bodybuilders and athletes, and it is very rare to come across much information in regards to Andriol cycles.
Beginners may be tempted to opt for Andriol due to its convenience as an oral Testosterone product, but even this is a rare occurrence. Beginner Andriol cycles would usually involve Andriol dosed at 300mg per day for 8 – 12 weeks.
If any experienced athletes do elect to use Andriol, they usually run Andriol cycles that involve a low TRT dosage of Andriol in the background for mere support of essential bodily function, while other stronger anabolic steroids are utilized as the workhorse compounds of the cycle. These can include compounds such as Winstrol (Stanozolol), Nandrolone (Deca-Durabolin), Trenbolone, or Anavar (Oxandrolone).