Anabolic steroids are available in both oral and injectable formulations. Choosing between oral vs injectable anabolic steroids is difficult for beginners. The decision to lean either way depends on the expected side effects and the ease of administration.
Oral anabolic steroids are available in form of pills or liquids. They have a shorter half life of about 3 to 5 hours and for this reason require frequent dosing. Since they pass through the gastrointestinal system, they sometimes cause bloating, stomach upsets, nausea and diarrhea. This is especially in beginners. They also have to pass through the liver for metabolism and this puts a huge strain on the liver and thus hepatic injury. The frequent dosing interval adds more to this. They are used because of their massive gains in a shorter period. For this reason, they are used to kick start a cycle before switching to injectable steroids. They have also been used mid cycle during plateaus to give an extra boost. They increase LDL and reduce HDL levels in the body. Some of the oral anabolic steroids include Anadrol, Dianabol and Halotestin.
Injectable anabolic steroids are administered either subcutaneously or intramuscularly. They have a long elimination half life and for this reason stay in the blood stream for longer, and require less frequent dosing. They are also safer on the liver and have less severe side effects when compared to oral steroids. They also give higher quality gains over a longer period. One of the reasons why beginners have no predilection for them is because of the phobia of self injection. They include Trenbolone, Deca Durabolin and Winstrol.
Injectable steroids are much safer than oral ones and require less frequent administration. However each formulation is associated with its own benefits and has its own indications, with beginners preferring the oral ones.