Clenbuterol is part of a broad classification of drugs known as sympathomimetics because of the effects it has on the sympathetic nervous system. Specifically, clenbuterol is a selective beta-2 sympathomimetic, affecting mainly only one out of three beta-receptor subsets. Since it provides very little stimulation for beta-1 receptors, it gives respiratory relief with very little effects on the cardiovascular system. This makes the drug a very effective bronchodilator.
In medical terms, clenbuterol is normally used as asthma medication, working to open up breathing pathways by promoting bronchodilation. Bodybuilders, on the other hand, turn to it for two reasons: 1) to increase metabolism through the direct stimulation of fat cells and the acceleration of triglyceride breakdown, forming free fatty acids; and 2) to get increased strength as well as muscle endurance by making the transportation of oxygen to the cells more efficient. However, use of the drug must be limited to short periods of time (around 4 to 6 weeks) to ensure that your body doesn't get accustomed to the effects of the medication.
It doesn't take very long for clenbuterol to work. In fact, you experience thermogenesis almost immediately upon administration, with your body's temperature rising to about half a degree or so because of the extra energy you burn largely from fat.
Side effects for using clenbuterol include insomnia, the shakes, sweating, nausea, and increased levels of blood pressure. However, these generally subside after one week as your body gets used to the drug. Nonetheless, it is still always best to check with your doctor before using any kind of medication or if side effects become severe or bothersome.
Minimizing side effects
While side effects are imminent, you can minimize negative effects and at the same time power up the benefits you get by being conscious of how your body reacts to each dose. At the same time, cycling on and off can do you some good. As a sign, it's time to cycle down when your body temperature falls back to normal, meaning that you're no longer experiencing thermogenic effects. Because taking the medication affects blood pressure, it is deemed best that you start with low dosages, slowly working your way until you reach the maximum dose.
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