Exemestane is an extremely powerful and valuable Aromatase Inhibitor (AI). By using Exemestane during the use of anabolic steroids, this will inhibit the aromatase process, lower estrogen levels and protect the individual from estrogenic side effects. Exemestane also has the ability to stimulate natural testosterone production, which is the reason why some will include it during their Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan.
|Dose for men||
12.5-25mg every other day
30 x 25mg tablets
Exemestane gained lots of popularity among anabolic steroid users for its ability to protect against estrogenic related side effects. It’s very similar to the older and more popular Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) such as Anastrozole and Letrozole. It would gained a fair amount of popularity in Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plans among steroid users.
Exemestane has the ability to block aromatization, which in turn inhibits the production of estrogen, and thereby lowers the body’s serum estrogen levels. Many anabolic steroids have the ability to increase estrogen levels. This can lead to gynecomastia and water retention, that leads to high blood pressure. By administering Exemestane during the use of anabolic steroids, this will inhibit the aromatase process, lower estrogen levels and protect the individual from estrogenic side effects.
Exemestane also has the ability to stimulate natural testosterone production, which is why some will include it during their Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan. By using Exemestane during PCT, the individual receives the desired testosterone boost necessary for recovery.
Exemestane has strong anti-estrogen effects for the anabolic steroid user. For steroid users, excess estrogen levels can promote gynecomastia and water retention and possibly high blood pressure as a secondary issue. Exemestane can offer protection from these estrogenic related side effects.
Due to the use of anabolic steroids, natural testosterone production is suppressed. The rate of suppression will depend on the steroids used and the total doses, but natural production will be suppressed nonetheless. Most male steroid users are advised to include exogenous testosterone in all their cycles in order to ensure they have enough testosterone to meet their body’s needs.
Once the cycle of steroids is over, while exogenous testosterone protected the individual while on cycle, at the end of the cycle natural production is still suppressed. Natural production will begin again but returning to your prior levels will take a lot of time, sometimes up to one year. By implementing a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan, we stimulate natural testosterone production, cut down on the total recovery time and ensure we have enough testosterone for proper bodily functions. Since Exemestane carries extremely strong natural testosterone stimulating properties, it is very appealing for the PCT purpose. However, we must consider the primary purpose of Exemestane, which is as an anti-estrogen.
Standard doses of Exemestane will normally be 12.5-25mg every other day. Most should be fine with 12.5mg every other day, with some getting by with only two to three doses per week. The individual’s total sensitivity and the composition of the steroid in cycle in question will dictate the final outcome.
There will be, however, some who require a daily dose with as much as 25mg per day. This should, however, be used for a short period of time, due to the possible cholesterol issues.
Exemestane side effects
The possible side effects of Exemestane are very similar to other Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s). Many who use the AI often report fatigue and weakness, but this is often not an issue for the anabolic steroid user. Many bodybuilders report strong lethargy, caused by the intense diet and incredible amount of cardio, however it is amplified by the use of an Aromatase Inhibitors such as Exemestane.
Common side effects associated with the use of an aromatase inhibitor include hot flashes, joint pain, weakness, fatigue, mood changes, depression, high blood pressure, swelling of the arms/legs, and headache. Aromatase inhibitors may also decrease bone mineral density, which may lead to osteoporosis and an increase in fractures in susceptible patients. Some individuals may also respond to the medication with gastrointestinal side effects including nausea and vomiting. Aromatase inhibitors can harm the development of an unborn fetus, and should never be taken or handled during pregnancy.
The final side effect of Exemestane will revolve around cholesterol. Exemestane, like all Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) has the ability to negatively affect cholesterol levels, especially when combined with an aromatizing steroid. This can be an issue as many anabolic steroids already have the ability to negatively affect cholesterol levels.
When taken by men (as an off-label use) to reduce estrogenicity during prolonged periods of steroid treatment, aromatase inhibitors may increase cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk by retarding some beneficial properties of estrogen on cholesterol values. Studies have demonstrated that when an aromatizable steroid such as testosterone enanthate is taken in conjunction with an aromatase inhibitor, suppression of HDL (good) cholesterol levels become significantly more pronounced.
Due to the potential negative effect on cholesterol, Exemestane and other Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) should only be used when necessary. It is possible to avoid estrogenic side effects of steroids without an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI), such as with SERM’s. While SERM’s can offer a lot of protection, some will still need Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s), especially in hardcore plans. However, use should be limited to when only necessary.