Dianabol (Methandienone) is a very powerful steroid, in terms of both androgenic and anabolic effects on the user. The result of these effects will result in a great buildup of muscle mass and strength in a relatively quick period of time. Dianabol is commonly combined with injectable testosterone products such as enanthate, cypionate, and sustanon, largely to "kick-start" the cycle to improve gains in muscle mass, strength and improve muscle pumps before the longer acting above mentioned testosterone esters go into full effect. A weight gain of 2-4 pounds each week for six weeks is normal when using Dianabol (combined with proper nutrition and training). This increase in weight results from the growth of muscle fibers, as well as water retention. This is due to the fact that dianabol aromatizes easily and as a result has high estrogenic properties. Since Dianabol (Methandienone) is a 17-AA steroid, it should be noted that it is liver toxic if used in high doses or over extended periods of time. 15-40 mg of dianabol per day should be sufficient for the beginner, and this dose should not be ran for much more than 4-6 weeks at most, and used mainly to kick-start a cycle as mentioned above. Dianabol only cycles are a poor idea for the beginners, since Dianabol (Methandienone) is a more powerful agent than most injectable steroids and the athlete should work up to a level in which dianabol can be used safely in a steroid stack. It is important to understand your body's propensity for side effects and starting slowly is very important. Dianabol (Methandienone) is a steroid for the slightly more advanced athlete. Dianabol only cycles generally involve a higher dose of dianabol to elicit favourable results - as a result such cycles are generally advised against. When stacked, less dianabol is needed since the injectable steroid is also aiding the muscle building properties desired. The use of Dianabol in a low dose only to jump start a steroid cycle is the most that is generally recommended for the first time steroid user, and sometimes even this is considered too much, as testosterone only cycles are sufficient for those new to steroids for great gains in both strength and mass.
As an additional tip, blood work should be done before any steroid cycle begins and is especially important in the case of dianabol. If dianabol is used for an extended period of time (6 - 8 weeks at the absolute maximum), blood work should be performed after the completion of the cycle to determine liver values.