Halotest is the Balkan Pharmaceuticals brand name for the steroid Fluoxymesterone. Structurally Fluoxymesterone is a derivative of testosterone, differing from our base androgen by three structural alterations (specifically l7alpha-methyl, 11 beta-hydroxy and 9-fluoro group additions). The result is a potent oral steroid Halotest that exhibits extremely strong androgenic properties. This has a lot to due with the fact that it is derived from testosterone, and as such shares important similarities to this hormone. Most importantly, like testosterone, Halotest appears to be a good substrate for the 5-alpha reductase enzyme. This is evidenced by the fact that a large number of its metabolites are found to be 5-alpha reduced androgens, which coupled with its outward androgenic nature, suggests it is converting to a much more active steroid in androgen responsive target tissues such as the skin, scalp and prostate.
Halotest Results Bodybuilding
In bodybuilding Halotest is used near the end of cutting cycles, since in people with an already low body-fat percentage it adds a distinct hardness and definition to the look, although, as stated, better and safer products will achieve similar effects. As with these alternatives Halotest has absolutely zero estrogenic activity and will thus not add water or fat to the frame in any way.
While a definite increase in aggressiveness and a notable rise in erythrropoesis is noticed with the use of Halotest, it has been theorized that it actually has very moderate binding to the androgen receptor. Either that or it shows a higher affinity for other receptors. The enzyme aromatase comes to mind because of the effect it has, like a DHT compound would, on muscle hardness. The latter seems like a better explanation. On the one hand there is nothing that would immediately indicate it acting on the androgen receptor, on the other there is very good likeness to other steroids that are mostly AR-mediated. Its my best guess that not all has been said about Halotest. Its not a very interesting or grateful object of study however due to the high risk and low yield of this particular steroid.
Athletes that may consider is use of Halotest are endurance athletes that do not get drug tested (as it is quite easy to detect). The stimulating effect on erythropoesis (red blood cell production) and cell respiration, such an athlete would find a good use for the increase in aerobic capacity noticed for this, without adding unnecessary bodyweight to the frame he has to carry. In this aspect it may be good to note that a short cycle of Halotest with a moderately long cycle of Equipoise may have some merit in this instance. Neither would increase water retention drastically, neither would give explosive gains. But both have positive effects on the VO2 max.
In any case, and whatever the reason of use, 4 weeks is the best duration of use, 6 weeks at the most. As stated before, many athletes, having used Halotest while not under supervision of a physician, have ended up in the hospital with life-threatening conditions.
Halotest Side Effects
Despite its numerous benefits, Halotest (Fluoxymesterone) does have various side effects.
Many studies have clearly identified Halotest as being hepatoxic (liver toxic). In order to avoid such toxicity within the liver halotestin should not be used in excessive quantities or for long durations. Preferably, such doses should be approximately 40 mgs/ day for a period of 4 to 6 weeks. In fact, a 10 mgs dose before a workout can be sufficient enough to enhance aggression.
Halotest may also cause certain side effects of psychological concern to females. These include:
- Hirsutism: Characterized by excessive hairiness in body parts where hair doesn’t normally occur. Such areas may include the chest, back, abdomen and face. This hair growth is similar to hairiness in males, hence making it a basic psychological and cosmetic concern for females.
- Dysphonia (vocal changes): females may also experience hoarsening of their voice. This is due to the direct androgenic effect of Halotest on the vocal muscle tissues and larynx. Normally, these vocal muscle tissues and larynx don’t get exposed to high levels of androgen hormones in females. Hence the increased exposure to androgenic steroids changes them into a more masculine form, rather than a feminine form, which can end up becoming permanent.