Propionate 100 is an injectable steroid made by LA-Pharma, its active substance is Testosterone Propionate.
Testosterone Propionate is similar to enanthate, cypionate, and sustanon. However, compared to enanthate or cypionate, propionate is a much shorter ester and will release more quickly into the bloodstream. As a result of its short action, more frequent (daily) injections are required to prevent steroid blood levels from tapering down and becoming ineffective. An injection schedule of every third day is about the longest you would want to perform using propionate to achieve good results.
For best results - daily injections are more suitable given the nature of this agent. Peak propionate levels take place after 24-36 hours and taper down from there. As a result of the frequency of injections required of propionate, it is not a very attractive steroid for those who are doing their first cycle or those who do not like intra-muscular injections to begin with. For a first cycle, a longer acting, single ester testosterone such as enanthate or cypionate or preferred because in both cases few injections can be made while maintaining stable blood levels and thereby optimizing results. Respectively, enanthate should be injected twice weekly and cypionate once weekly. Since both yield similar results, the first time user would more likely enjoy either of those two compounds over propionate. The benefits of Propionate 100 may not be worth the additional energy required for the injections. Propionate 100 is also a relatively painful steroid to inject with uses complaining that the same spots become aggravated with additional injections which require injecting in several different places for prevention of this pain. The injection site may become irritated and users have complained of long lasting pain caused by the injections. For these reasons, Propionate 100 is not such a good idea for the first time steroid user, however, enanthate and cypionate are not without their share of complications and all factors should be assessed before beginning with any steroid cycle. If Propionate 100 is the steroid of choice, ancillary drugs such as Nolvadex, Proviron and Arimidex are advised to have on hand during the cycle in case symptoms of gyno arise (or if you wish, you can run these drugs during the cycle for prevention). All testosterones will aromatize, although some have a lesser chance of it. Propionate 100 may be one of those drugs, but proper precautions should be taken, nevertheless.
Propionate 100 has a short active life of 2-3 days. It has a short half life and is active in the system only a day after injection. Propionate 100 is one of the componenets of the four testosterone ester blend Sustanon, and, along with Phenylpropionate, is the reason why more frequent injections are required with Sustanon (to take full advantage of all esters in the blend). Propionate 100 has the same benefits of every other testosterone along with the advantage of being fast acting. Another advantage of Propionate 100 when compared to other steroids is that the level of water retention and water based gains on cycle are lower when compared to counterparts such as Testosterone Enanthate or Testosterone Cypionate. The benefits of testosterone, such as improved muscle pumps can be seen very soon after propionate is administered due to its short half life and related length of activation.
As a short-lived oil based injectable, most will want to opt for doses of 50 - 100 mg every day to every other day. Those of a lighter stature seeking to use it for cutting purposes may want to make that every 2nd or 3rd day, or add Proviron as a precaution instead, 50 - 100 mg/day sufficing in most cases. The site of injection is best rotated each time, or problem can occur. The compound is irritative and the damage to the skin and underlying tissue can cause some cosmetic problems if it becomes repetitive. Subcutaneously , balls of fat or tissue can build up. In most cases these need to surgically removed. So rotating is wise.
For bulking purposes one is best to stack testosterone with a base compound such as Deca Durabolin or Equipoise, and can addition Dianabol or Anadrol for 5 - 6 weeks, at the beginning, to kickstart the gains a bit. Most will choose for a more user-friendly, longer-acting testosterone for bulking purposes however. For cutting, the best and primary addition is that of Proviron, which will reduce if not stop estrogen build-up, increase muscle hardness and strength and allow for a higher free testosterone level. But naturally other compounds lend themselves quite well too. Base compounds such as Equipoise or Primobolan making a good match for longer stacks, and towards contest time steroids such as Anavar, Trenbolone or Winstrol make the best matches, as they too will help increase muscle hardness and decrease body-fat, while maintaining lean muscle mass. With testosterone, most any combination is possible. Because testosterone is always the stronger compound in a stack.
In terms of ancillaries, the use of anti-estrogens is advised. For cutting puposes one will want to run Proviron alongside the testosterone for the length of the stack, which will rarely make the use of other anti-estrogens a necessity. If no Proviron or Arimidex is used, you may want to keep some Nolvadex handy. Should problems arise starting on 20 - 40 mg of Nolvadex until a while after problems subside should be sufficient for all intents and purposes. Testosterone, being a heavily aromatizing compound, is also quite suppressive of natural testosterone so a post-cycle therapy with Nolva/Clomid and HCG is necessary. Usually one will start HCG the last week or two weeks of a stack and run it about 4 weeks. HCG shots of 1500 - 3000 IU given every 5th or 6th day. That means during the end of a cycle, one shot of HCG is given per two shots of testosterone. A user should also opt to wait on using clomid or Nolvadex until the androgen is cleared. For longer esters that was 1.5 to 2 weeks, obviously that time-frame should be reduced to 1 week or even half a week for propionate. One will then start on either 40-50 mg of Nolvadex or 150 mg of Clomid per day for a period of two weeks, and then follow it up with 20-25 mg of Nolvadex or 100 mg of Clomid per day for another two weeks. Post-cycle therapy will facilitate the return of natural testosterone and make it more likely for the user to retain most of the mass he gained while on the cycle.
Since Propionate 100 is indeed simply another form of injectable testosterone, the side effects associated with it are for the most part those commonly encountered with any type of testoserone compound. For more specific information about these, including those that may effect women.
Far more than the other testosterone esters, for the possible exception of Sustanon, users of Propionate 100 will often complain of injection site irratation and swelling. Some individuals find that the reaction that they experience with the ester is so bad in fact that they will have to cease administration of the compound. As well, due to the frequent injections of the compound and the possibility of injection site irritation, it is advisible that users rotate injection sites as frequently as possible so that no complications arise.
Some users also anecdotally report that they are much more likely to experience low grade fevers when using Propionate 100 in comparison to other testosterone compounds. This symptom will usually only persist for a few days to a week or more, but can sometimes last far longer.
As should be expected with an ester such as Propionate, suppression of endogenous testosterone production will occur quite soon after the intial administration of the drug. The usual protocal of post-cycle therapy and possibly the use of human chorionic gonadotropin during the cycle should be followed, but no special considerations need to be taken into account because of this.
300 - 500mg per week