11-OXO also known as (Adrenosterone) is a popular non-methylated designer steroid/pro-hormone originally brought to market by Ergopharm and has since been cloned by several other companies such as Black China Labs 11-test and Competitive Edge Labs 11-Sterone. Despite the availability of clones with reduced pricing, Andrenosterone remains one of the more expensive compounds to source and thus those costs are passed onto consumers making it one of the more expensive pro-hormones/designer steroids on the legal market.
11-OXO remains a popular choice for users venturing into the world of pro-hormones for the first time, this is due to it’s low risk of side effects and in the event of present side effects, they’re typically mild. 11-OXO is also a non-methylated compound, which means it’s little harm to the liver when compared to other compounds, thus minimal liver protection throughout the cycle is required.
11-OXO (Andrenosterone) remains one of the mildest compounds on the market, side effects typically aren’t common however as with other pro-hormones/designer-steroids there’s always some risk of side effects, thus properly planning for common side effects will help reduce any occurrences. Luckily many herbal based supplements have been scientifically shown to produce desirable results when it comes to Blood Pressure, Liver Function and Lipid profiles. Over the years several companies have begun creating “all-in-one” products designed specifically for prohormone and designer steroid cycles, these products have been a staple in thousands of users cycles with excellent results including blood work to backup their effectiveness. Therefore ANYONE running a cycle of 11-OXO will need to use one of the following products throughout the entire Cycle.
Anabolic Innovations – Life Support (Capsules)
Anabolic Innovations – Cycle Support (Powder)
Both are, for the most part, identical products the biggest difference is the form, whether you prefer to take pills or powder. A general rule of thumb is to pre-load either one (Life Support or Cycle Support) two weeks prior to beginning your cycle and all the way through until the end, so buy accordingly so that you have enough on hand. These products will assist your body with maintaining healthy blood pressure, liver function and lipid profile.
11-OXO is a unique compound, based on the dosages it delivers somewhat drastic differences in overall results. At the lower end of the dosing spectrum you’ll get effective cortisol control and at the upper end of the dosing spectrum you’ll effectively shut down your natural testosterone production and the 11-oxo results will be comparable to other stronger compounds. Below we will discuss three common dosages and appropriate cycle lengths.
There are three common dosages 300mg, 600mg or 900mg, the results can vary greatly based on the dosage and we will talk about the effects slightly later in this article. But in general users wanting effective cortisol control and a leaning effect 300mg is the ideal dosage, users wanting more pronounced strength and mild size gains 600mg is acceptable and at 900mg users should expect muscle and size gains comparable to other more potent products such as BOLD or even h-drol.
11-OXO cycles are typically ran anywhere from 5 to 9 weeks in length, generally the higher the dosage the shorter the cycle duration, however for more advanced users running higher dosages at a full 9 weeks are possible. 11-OXO has an average half life and should have it’s dosages split, ideally with one dosage in the morning, one after lunch and one around dinner time. on workout days taking a dosage after training is recommended, it’s also advisable to avoid taking a dosage close to bed time as it can alter sleep patterns.
Common Side Effects
Side effects with 11-OXO aren’t common, when used stand alone, however as always with any designer steroid or pro-hormone side effects can occur and in most cases they’re simply a controllable inconvenience. The following are a listing of some possible side effects with 11-OXO.
- Decreased Libido/Sexual Function
- Patterned Acne
- Sleep Alteration (difficulty sleeping, realistic dreams, etc)
- Slightly increased Blood Pressure
- Back Pumps (Dull pain in back after/during workouts)
Results will vary based upon the dosage, however at ANY dosage 11-oxo will provide strong cortisol control, decrease visceral bodyfat (stomach/chest), increase vascularity and muscle hardness, so when looking at common results below at different dosages, take into consideration that the results below are in addition to those just mentioned. Below assumes you’re running a 7 week cycle and are on a clean diet, above maintenance. Those cutting may experience lower strength and size gains, but will be able to retain muscle while quickly losing fat.
When used at 300mg users report moderate strength gains and mild (if-any) size gains.
When used at 600mg users report increased strength and moderate size gains in the 3-5lb range.
When used at 900mg users report increased strength and noticeable size gains in the 5-10lb range.
11-OXO (Andrenosterone) works best in a cutting diet due to it’s ability to greatly enhance fat loss and help retain muscle. It’s also a viable compound in a bulk to help control fat gain.
This is where 11-OXO really shines, in fact 11-OXO is rarely used on it’s own, it’s commonly stacked with other compounds. Due to it’s non-methylated design, 11-OXO can be stacked with virtually any popular designer steroid or pro-hormone. Most users stacking 11-OXO with other compounds are primarily doing so to control cortisol levels and reduce bodyfat, while allowing the other compound to increase strength and size gains, users stacking 11-OXO with other compounds should stick to lower dosages i.e 300mg-600mg. Below is a short list of several compounds 11-OXO is commonly stacked with.
- Methylated Compounds (Halodrol, H-Drol, P-mag, Superdrol, M-Drol, Epistane, Havoc, etc)
- Non-Methylated Compounds (BOLD, Furazadrol, Tren, 3-AD, etc)
Post Cycle Therapy
Giving your body time to adjust is incredibly important and thus post cycle therapy is incredibly important when taking a hormonal compound such as 11-OXO (Andrenosterone). Once you stop taking a designer steroid or pro-hormone your body goes through a change of hormones and puts stress on your endocrine system, with a properly planned PCT (Post Cycle Therapy) we assist our body with easing back into normal function. Failure to follow a properly planned PCT can result in undesirable side effects such as.
- Gynecomastia (or Man Boobs)
- Weight ‘fat’ Gain / Muscle Loss
- Body Aches/Pains
- Impotent / Sexual Side Effects
As you can see, these are side affects we definitely want to avoid at all costs, so let’s start discussing a proper 11-OXO PCT (Post Cycle Therapy).
Post Cycle General: You should begin your PCT regiment immediately after your pro-hormmone or designer steroid cycle, it should begin the day after your last dosage of 11-OXO. PCT regiments are tpyically 4-6 weeks depending on the type of compound being used, user and type of PCT. As noted in the previous section under “Maintaining Health”, you should continue to use Life Support or Cycle Support throughout your entire cycle, INCLUDING your PCT regiment. During PCT we effectively want to achieve the following…
- * Boost Natural Testosterone Production.
- * Regulate Estrogen.
- * Restore HPTA function.
- * Reducing SHBG.
- * Control Cortisol Effects.
Over The Counter: An OTC (Over The Counter) post cycle therapy regiment is simply that, a PCT that consists with strictly over the counter products that can be bought at major supplement outlets such as BodyBuilding.com or stores such as Vitaminshoppe or GNC. Since 11-OXO is a relatively non-suppressive and mild compound, an over the counter PCT is recommended for dosages in the 300-600mg range, users utilizing a dosage of 900mg should consider going with a SERM.
- Competitive Edge Labs – PCT Assist. An ALL purpose PCT product that will help boost testosterone production, help balance hormones and assist with estrogen regulation.
- S.A.N – Attitude. An affordable effective estrogen inhibitor and test booster. (Not required for low dosages of 11-oxo i.e 300mg).
- Driven Sports – Lean Xtreme. One of the most popular and proven products that control the effects of Cortisol.
When using an over the counter PCT, it’s recommended to run a 6-week PCT regiment, assuming you were using the products above, here is how you would schedule your PCT.
Week 1-2 PCT Assist, Lean Xtreme. | Week 2-4 PCT Assist, Attitude, Lean Xtreme. | Week 4-6 Attitude
Research Drugs: The MOST effective PCT regiment is one that includes a SERM perscription/research drug, however some users prefer not to go this route, as they are “experimental” drugs and can have their own side effects. As such with a compound such as 11-OXO a research drug really isn’t needed except for users running dosages at or above 900mg. To obtain a SERM you’ll need a prescription or sometime to research on google regarding research drugs, as they can be purchased legally if being used for research purposes.
- Nolvadex (Tamoxifen Citrate). Comes in Liquid or Pill form.
- Driven Sports – Lean Xtreme. Helps control cortisol issues.
Below is an example PCT when using a research drug (such as Nolvadex aka Tamoxifen Citrate, as we are in this case).
Week 1-2 Nolvadex 20mg, Lean Xtreme. | Week 2-4 Nolvadex 10mg, Lean Xtreme.
This is an example cycle from start to finish to give you an idea how it should look, assumes you’re going with a prescription drug for PCT. From start to finish our properly designed cycle will take approximately 14 weeks total, this cycle assumes you’re running 11-OXO (or BCL 11-Test) for 7 weeks at or around 600mg. The Cycle would be the same for 300mg except the additional PCT product (SAN Attitude) isn’t needed, you would forgo the final two weeks of PCT.
- Week 1-2: Pre-load Cycle Support or Life Support @ Bottle Recommended dosages.
- Week 2: Cycle Support or Life Support | 11-OXO 600mg
- Week 3-8: Cycle/Life Support | 11-OXO 600mg
- Week 8-10: Cycle/Life Support | PCT Assist | Lean Xtreme
- Week 10-12: Cycle/Life Support | PCT Assist | Lean Xtreme | Attitude
- Week 12-14: Attitude
Those being tested for elevated testosterone levels and or lowered estrogen levels will produce a positive test result while on 11-OXO, it’s also important to note that if using a research/perscription drug for your PCT regiment, this will also cause a positive test result in many cases.
It’s recommended that users supplement with a quality Multi-Vitamin and Fish Oil throughout the ENTIRE cycle. You should stop taking any other supplements on Cycle as well such as Creatine, NO, Test Boosters and so on, these should be saved for PCT in order to preserve strength. It’s heavily recommended that during PCT, you add Creatine and a Cell Volumizer type of prodct. Supplementing with Protein is highly recommended on cycle
Users who are on anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication may experienced increased anxiety/depression while on cycle and during PCT. Users should avoid using stimulants on cycle as blood pressure may elevate too high and possibly cause fainting. In general, avoid starting any new medications while on cycle or just before, if you’re concerned about a possible interaction consult your doctor. Users should also eat a clean diet on cycle and limit their alcohol intake significantly (best option would be to discontinue usage).
We are not doctors, therefore before starting any supplement or training regiment you should consult with your doctor. The information being provided is simply personal opinion.