Need advice on first cycle- Epistane
- 09-05-2013, 01:16 PM
Need advice on first cycle- Epistane
Although I'm new to the board, I've been lurking for quite some time, doing 2-3 hours of research a day for the past few weeks. I am also an active member on the steroid.com forums. Since real gear isn't in the cards for me, I've been looking into trying a PH cycle for a while now, and I've read through dozens of threads on this board about other users experience. Most notably, the infamous "How to pulse orals" by Dr. D and the "Pulse method results" threads.
I have decided on trying a 6 week Pulse cycle of Epistane. I was hoping you guys who are more knowledgeable & experienced than myself can give me your advice on the efficacy and safety of this cycle. Based on the research I've done, this is the best cycle I have come up with so far:
Competitive edge labs - cycle assist (capsules)
Liv52 Liver care
^^^Will start both of these a week or two before the cycle begins and take them throughout the whole cycle including PCT.
Epistane 6 weeks, taken M/W/F
Nolvadex for 4 weeks
So the entire cycle will look like this:
Week 1: Cycle Assist+Liv52 (according to reccomended dosages)
Week 2: Cycle Assist+Liv52+Epi 20mg M/W/F
Week 3: Cycle Assist+Liv52+Epi 30mg M/W/F
Week 4-7: Cycle Assist+Liv52+Epi 40mg M/W/F
Week 8-11: Cycle Assist+Liv52+Nolva 40/30/20/20
Any and all advice is much appreciated. I haven't bought any of these products yet as I'm waiting to hear feedback first. Would anyone recommend throwing in Lean Xtreme in PCT as well? I've read a lot of guys use that in addition to something like Nolva.
My goal is just to gain some quality lean mass and strength. I will be thrilled with anything over a 5 lb gain in weight.
I will also be logging this cycle as well with before and after pics in case anyone is interested.
- 09-05-2013, 01:32 PM
dont pulse epi, just run it straight. pulsing is best suited for quick acting and very toxic steroids like sd, dbol, methyl tren, m1t, m1a, etc. epistane is not a quick acting steroid, it usually takes 3 weeks or so to notice its effects
- 09-05-2013, 01:42 PM
Ok, that's definitely worth noting. I've just read sooo many guys who had great results pulsing with epi in the "Pulse method results" thread. Have you had any experience with Epi?
09-05-2013, 01:50 PM
ran mine on a cut at about 2200cals a day and still gained 4lbs and a bunch of strength. it was pretty surprising to say the least. my pct was clomid + typical supports like test booster and armistane
took me justuinder 3 weeks to notice the strength gains. and im not good at using the mirror to notice fat loss, so i feel around for new veins to start popping up. around the same tme, i started noticing quite a difference in vascularity. my favorite compound so far. my favorite part is that i actually got a tad stronger during pct. that was a kicker for me
09-05-2013, 02:08 PM
Maybe I'll add an extra week. Something like
09-05-2013, 03:25 PM
yea i ran all the ancilaries, just didnt feel like going into detail. i preload bulk hawthorne, and ran ai cycle support all the way through. i also have tudca in my stash, but saving it for my sd run
while you certainly can run a strong pct like that, i dont think its completely necesary for just epistane. but if money isnt a problem, then go for it
i would imagine epistane being a badass lean bulker for someone that responds to it as well as i did. ive also been thinking of pulsing sd with it for the first 4 weeks or so. still havnt planned it out all the way yet
09-05-2013, 03:30 PM
09-05-2013, 03:39 PM
always run at least an ai with the serm. i used daa + erase with clomid on mine
reason is that epistane has ai effects. so your estrogen will take a dip on cycle. that causes a rebound effect once the cycle ends, which is why rebound gyno is so common from epi cycles. an ai will contol that rebound effect while clomid brings your htpa back.
because of nolvas binding site, it will also protect you from rebound gyno. so its not a bad idea to run both
in my opinion, using both serms is best suited for aromatising compounds because those cause high estrogen on cycle, and even higher coming off cycle. so gyno is a much bigger threat with those
09-05-2013, 03:53 PM
If money is no big issue, go with both, Clomid and Nolva.
Running clomid below 25 is kind of useless, IMO.
09-05-2013, 04:07 PM
I have ran Epistane up to 60mg a day and found my sweet spot to be 40mg. I have ran it up to 8 weeks and loved the whole ride its my favorite DS/PH of all time!! That being said its your first run so take it easy run 6 weeks at 30-40mg do your pct Nolva or Clomid or hell both. Start your AI the end of week 3 of pct run it for 4 weeks so you will come off your SERM or SERMs and onto the AI with another 3 weeks of AI to taper down.
Not to disagree but it seems to work at 25 mg even for TRT
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09-05-2013, 06:21 PM
^^^ exactly why I'm going with Clomid instead. I should be fine with Clomid + Erase + DAA. I just don't understand how Epistane can give you gyno if its supposed to help cure gyno?
09-05-2013, 06:36 PM
Generally, gyno induced Epi happens as rebound gyno, this is, after cycle.
Also, in some rare cases, gyno flares can happen on cycle. I got leaky nipps while on Epi, and had to take caber. Actually, I am running an Epi + Stano cycle right now, and I am taking Caber .25mg E3D, but that is just me..
09-05-2013, 06:47 PM
Good to know, might wanna have some of that on hand just in case. Is Caber specifically for leaky nipps? I've read a couple of places that Epi may induce swollen/leaky nipples but that it is NOT gyno, just separate symptoms that will go away. That will be a comforting thought if I get any of those symptoms while on cycle lol.
09-05-2013, 06:50 PM
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09-05-2013, 07:01 PM
At 30-40 mgs for 4-6 weeks you should see a gain of 5-8 lbs with a decrease in bf. The important thing is to continue with diet, training etc thru pct. Many people do great on cycle then just get slack in pct .
Have you done any previous cycles?
09-05-2013, 07:13 PM
I don't understand how this is possible, but I've been on a pretty extreme bulk now since May (4-5k clean cals a day, 5 days a week in the gym). I get extremely sore, and get a ton of sleep and recover very fast, yet I don't seem to put on weight. I'm just a typical hardgainer with a super fast metabolism I guess. I'm 6 1', and started the bulk at 191 lbs, got up to 195, and over the past 3 weeks I've slowly fallen back down to 190. I've been working out for 10+ years, and I'm a personal trainer, so I don't think my problem is not knowing how to put on weight. This kind of routine works like magic for all my athletes and other clients who want to bulk up. They put on weight fast doing what I do, so that's why I've decided to up the ante and try a few cycles to break through this plateau. Looking forward to the results!
09-05-2013, 07:50 PM
Hey mw1 and OnionKnight. I sent you each a pm but there's nothing showing up in my sent box. Let me know if you received it or not.
09-05-2013, 08:25 PM
09-05-2013, 09:00 PM
I just think pulsing epi is such a waste. I don't see any real benefits from running it that way, and I see multiple negative aspects.
09-05-2013, 09:04 PM
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09-05-2013, 11:06 PM
One more question for you guys- Do you think Himalaya Liv52 is enough for liver protection? Or should I get Organ Shield as well? I'm also thinking about loading Hawthorne Berry for 2 weeks prior and running throughout too. What do you guys think?
09-06-2013, 09:11 AM
Bump for advice please
09-06-2013, 09:18 AM
09-06-2013, 09:19 AM
perfect, thanks man!
09-06-2013, 01:47 PM
In the same boat as you, Aaron.
Planning my first cycle of Epi with Clomid for PCT.
I'm just terrified of gyno. Especially cuz I think I may be a little high on the estrogen end to begin with. (I tend to store fat in the hip and chest area.)
To all of those with experience, if someone runs a proper PCT are the chances slim that gyno can present?
Or can gyno come up regardless of how well a cycle is executed?
09-06-2013, 01:54 PM
From what I've read the percentage chance of you getting Gyno are very low doing a proper PCT, But obviously you can't just excuse it altogether. I've actually read numerous guys say that You can have Gyno symptoms appear, But then go away after your PCT is done.
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