Testocyp (Test Cypionate) by Alpha-Pharma is an injectable steroid, its active substance is Testosterone Cypionate.
Testosterone Cypionate is long acting formulation of testosterone which is indicated in the treatment of individuals who have absent or very low levels of the hormone. It is sometimes known as Depo testosterone. The testosterone is esterified and thus is quite long acting. It is only available in an injection form. Testosterone Cypionate is typically dissolved in sesame or cotton seed oil and injected into the buttock area. Testosterone Cypionate is slowly released from the injection site for about 7-12 days.
Testosterone Cypionate is used to treat conditions in made where there is a failure of testosterone to be secreted like: primary failure of the testes to make the hormone, failure of the pituitary to release Gonadotropins. Testosterone Cypionate is taken principally to enhance the body and stimulate the psyche. Most bodybuilders who take Testosterone Cypionate claim that it causes spontaneous bursts in energy associated with increased aggression. This feature of the Testosterone Cypionate is used primarily by weight lifters and professional wrestlers. Many athletes also claim that Testosterone Cypionate improves their ability to perform exercise at intense levels.
It is only made for intramuscular injection. Testosterone Cypionate can be injected into the buttock area once every 7-12 days. The majority of the Testosterone Cypionate is bound to protein and only 2% is free. Testosterone Cypionate is supposed to be injected once a week, but there are some bodybuilders who do inject it every other day. This is not recommended and can lead to the formation of abscess, sores and skin infections. The injection site needs to be rotated if the injections are to be continued for a long time. The oily suspension should not be injected into the arms or the abdomen. The dose of Testosterone Cypionate ranges from 50mg-400mg/week, depending on the condition being treated. Bodybuilders tend to inject the higher amount of the Testosterone Cypionate 200mg-400mg/week. Testosterone Cypionate is then slowly absorbed into the blood stream over the next few days.
When Testosterone Cypionate is injected at low doses, the side effects are rare. However, long term use is known to be associated with a varied number of side effects – all of which are reversible when the drug is stopped. For the female who decides to take testosterone, there are virilizing side effects which are not always reversible when the drug is stopped. Like all anabolic steroids, testosterone also has a number of side effects which includes: nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, swelling, increased /decreased libido, headaches, acne, oily skin, mental change including anger, depression, insomnia, diaphoresis, loss of hair, gynecomastia
When taken by females, the drug definitely can cause virilizing effects like: deepening of voice, hoarseness, excess hair growth, enlarged clitoris, irregular menstrual cycles.