Winstrol is a brand name of the synthetic anabolic steroid, stanozolol. Although no longer available in the . under the name of Winstrol, generic versions of stanozolol can still be found. Stanozolol is similar to testosterone and commonly used by veterinarians on debilitated animals (especially dogs and horses) to improve muscle growth, trigger red blood cell production, increase bone density and enhance appetite. It's approved by the . Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating anemia and hereditary angioedema (swelling of blood vessels) in people, although a prescription is needed. Winstrol (stanozolol) is a banned performance-enhancing drug, but still used widely by track and field athletes as well as bodybuilders — usually illegally. You should take stanozolol only with the permission and under the care of a physician.
Metabolic effects occurring during anabolic steroid therapy in immobilized patients or those with metastatic breast disease include osteolytic-induced hypercalcemia.
Anabolic steroids effect electrolyte balance, nitrogen retention, and urinary calcium excretion. Edema, with and without congestive heart failure, has occurred during anabolic steroid therapy.
The androgenic activity of anabolic steroids may decrease levels of thyroxin-binding globulin, resulting in decreased total T4 serum levels and increased resin uptake of T3 and T4. Free thyroid hormone levels remain unchanged, however, and there is no clinical evidence of thyroid dysfunction.
Significant increases in low density lipoproteins (LDL) and decreases in high density lipoproteins (HDL) have occurred. [ Ref ]