A group of UK researchers tests 24 different prohormone and designer steroids.  What they find is a significant amount of mis-labeled and underdosed products.  In the end, the trusted brand of that time (CEL) reigns supreme in terms of quality designer steroid clones.


There is no doubt that government agencies are aware of designer steroids that are not compliant to that country’s specific dietary supplement guidelines.  Whether it be the United States, Australia, or the United Kingdom all 1st world countries have some sort of protective law in place that separates anabolic steroids, from dietary supplements.

Earlier this month a paper was published by United Kingdom researchers working with various organizations such as the London Drug Control Centre, Liverpool Centre for Public Health, and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction [Ref 1].  The paper was both a quantitative, and qualitative test of 24 “supplements” believed to contain some form of anabolic or designer steroid based on their review of online bodybuilding sites, and local gym members familiar with the products.

The paper unfortunately did not specify when exactly these products were purchased (many of them are now discontinued), but they were purchased from three online shops (17 of 24), one shop in Merseyside (4), and one in Cheshire (3).  This paper is particularly rare because it is uncommon for an in depth quantitative analysis.  Below is a list of all the compounds tested, as well as they labeled dose, and recommended serving size.  *Indicates the nomenclature was mis-spelled, most likely on purpose.


Super Tren-MG by Black China Labs (1)

Label – 13-ethyl-3mthoxy-gona-2,5(10) diene-17-one*
Labeled Dose – 25mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsule/day

  • Super Tren-MG was labeled as a 60 capsule bottle, but it actually contained 90 capsules.
  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were DHEA
  • Each capsule contained 28 mg’s of DHEA

Super Tren-MG by Black China Labs (2nd bottle tested) (23)

Label – 13-ethyl-3mthoxy-gona-2,5(10) diene-17-one*
Labeled Dose – 25mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsule/day

  • Super Tren-MG was labeled as a 60 capsule bottle, but it actually contained 90 capsules.
  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were DHEA
  • Each capsule contained 21 mg’s of DHEA

19-Nor Tren by Tri-City Chemicals (2)

Label – 19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione
Labeled Dose – 35mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were DHEA
  • Each capsule contained 16 mg’s of DHEA

Tren Bomb by Pharma Labs (3)

Label – 17b-hydoxy-androstan-4-one*
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were  Methyl-1-Testosterone (M1T)
  • Each capsule contained 7 mg’s of M1T

Tren Bomb by Pharma Labs (2nd bottle tested) (24)

Label – 17b-hydoxy-androstan-4-one*
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were  Methyl-1-Testosterone (M1T)
  • Each capsule contained 7 mg’s of M1T

Super Halo by Black China Labs (4)

Label –  polydehydrogenated, polyhydroxylated halomethetioallocholane
Labeled Dose – 25mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were DHEA
  • Each capsule contained 25 mg’s of DHEA

Super Halo by Black China Labs (2nd bottle tested) (22)

Label –  polydehydrogenated, polyhydroxylated halomethetioallocholane
Labeled Dose – 25mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were Superdrol/Methasterone
  • Each capsule contained 5 mg’s of DHEA

 Straight Epi by Black China Labs (5)

Label –  2,3a-Epithio-17a-methyletioallo cholane-17b-o
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were desoxymethyltestosterone (also known as Madol, Pheraplex, or DMT)
  • Each capsule contained 12 mg’s of DMT (note – the primary steroid was DMT, but another was found and unidentified)

Straight Drol by Black China Labs (6)

Label –  17a-dimethyl-5a-androst-3-one-17b-ol (also known as Superdrol)
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were  Androstenedione (pre ban 4-AD)
  • Each capsule contained 9 mg’s of  Androstenedione

Straight Phlexed by Black China Labs (7)

Label –  17a-methyletioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (again also known as Phera-plex)
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsules/day

  • Partially FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were  DMT and Androstenedione (pre ban 4-AD)
  • Each capsule contained 7 mg’s of DMT, and 4 mg’s of  Androstenedione

 Straight Phlexed by Black China Labs (2nd Bottle) (21)

Label –  17a-methyletioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (again also known as Phera-plex)
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were  Androstenedione (pre ban 4-AD)
  • Each capsule contained 9 mg’s of  Androstenedione

Protodrol by iForce Nutrition (8)protodrol iforce

Label –  Protodrol
Labeled Dose – 25 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – Actual contents were believed to be Dihydro DMT or “reduced DMT”.  Otherwise known as “Protodrol”

Cynostane by AI (9)cynostane testing

Label –  2-cyano-17a-methyl-17b-hydroxy-androst-3-one
Labeled Dose – 10mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Actual contents were Androisoxazol ([3,2-c]isoxazole)

 Furazadrol by Axis Labs (10)

Label –   5a-etioallocholan[2,3-c]furazan-17b-tetrahydropyranol ether (Furazadrol with a THP Ether)
Labeled Dose – 50mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – NO steroid was detected in this product

Trenavol-V by Chaparral Labs (11)

Label –   Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione (also known as “tren” or dienedione)
Labeled Dose – 30mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 to 3 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched the label claims, however they did not indicate the quantity per capsule

Ultra Mass by APS (12)

Label –   19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione, 17a-methyletioallocholan-2-ene-17b-ol (also known as “tren” and Phera-plex)
Labeled Dose – 40mg of tren, and 10 mg of Phera/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • Partially FAILED Label Test – This product matched the label claims for Phera, but did not contain any Tren.  Rather it contained methasterone, or Superdrol.
  • Each capsule contained a combination of 17 mg’s of Phera and Superdrol

11-Sterone by Competitive Edge Labs (CEL) (13)

Label –   Androst-4-ene-3,11,17-trione (also known as 11-oxo)
Labeled Dose – 75 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 3 to 6 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched the label claims 11-OXO (or Androst-4-ene-3,11,17-trione)
  • Each capsule contained a 61 mg’s of 11-oxo (which is below the labeled dose)

P-MAG by Competitive Edge Labs (CEL) (14)

Label –    4-Chloro-17a-methyl-andro-4-ene-3,17b-diol
Labeled Dose – 25 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched the label claims and contained 4-chloro-17α-methyl-andro-4-ene-3,17β-diol.
  • No quantitative analysis was completed

Furuza-A by Competitive Edge Labs (CEL) (15)

Label –    5a-etioallocholan[2,3-c]furazan-17b-tetrahydropyranol ether (again Furazabol with the THP Ether)
Labeled Dose – 50 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched the label claims and contained Furazabol (or5a-etioallocholan[2,3-c]furazan-17b-tetrahydropyranol)
  • Each capsule contained a 31 mg’s of Furazabol (which is below the labeled dose)

Epivol by Chaparral Labs (16)

Label –     Estra-4,9-diene-3,17-dione, 2a,3a-Epithio-17a-methyletioallocholanol (or “tren” and epistane)
Labeled Dose – 30 mg of “tren” and 10 mg of epistane/capsule
Serving Size – 1 to 2 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – Rather than containing tren or epistane this product contained Phera-plex
  • Each capsule contained a 36 mg’s of Phera.  Notably this product contained “some” tren but the primary was Phera/DMT

M-LMG by Competitive Edge Labs (CEL) (17)

Label –      13-ethyl-3methoxy-gona-2,5(10) diene-17-one
Labeled Dose – 25 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 2 to 3 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched label claims and contained methoxydienone
  • No qualitative analysis was completed

X-Tren by Competitive Edge Labs (CEL) (18)

Label –      19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione
Labeled Dose – 30 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 3 to 6 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product matched label claims and contained 19-Norandrosta-4,9-diene-3,17-dione
  • No qualitative analysis was completed

Epivol Black by Black China Labs (19)

Label –       2,3a-Epithio-17a-methyl-5a-androstan-17b-ol (also known as epistane/havoc)
Labeled Dose – 10 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 to 3 capsules/day

  • FAILED Label Test – This product contained androstenedione, superdrol, and 6 bromo-androstendione (an aromatase inhibitor)
  • Approximately 1 mg was androstenedione, and 2.4 mg’s of superdrol, while the 6-bromo was not quantified

S-Drol-17-Black by Black China Labs (20)

Label –       2a,17a-dimethyl-17b-hydroxy-etiocholan-3-one (also known as methasterone, or superdrol)
Labeled Dose – 10 mg/capsule
Serving Size – 1 to 3 capsules/day

  • PASSED Label Test – This product contained superdrol
  • Each capsule contained 8 mg’s of superdrol (which is slightly below the labeled dose)

 

What does it all mean?

Clearly these designer steroid and prohormone brands had some quality and quantity related issues.  Keep in mind many of these brands were early entrants in the designer steroid market, so I suspect some of these facets of production and quality have since improved in the prohormone and designer steroid market.  Also, as many of these brands and products are now known to be discontinued it’s unclear when they were purchased.   It’s possible they were purchased as long as 3-5 years ago.  This would explain why all the epistane/havoc products resulted in DMT (Read Does Epistane Convert to Phera at Total Flex Blog).

In this study Competitive Edge Labs accurately labeled 5 out of 5 of their products (although one was underdosed per capsule).  CEL was largely considered the leader in designer steroid clones just a few short years ago.  This further illustrates the benefit of going with the “trusted” brands of our time.


7 thoughts on “24 Designer Steroids Tested by UK Researchers – Quality Problems

  1. John says:

    Very interesting read.

    Do you know what methods were used to test these products and which companies in the UK offer this service?

  2. orsoon says:

    what dose to take on a series of M-Drol AC Pharma Lab ? The cycle will be 5 weeks

  3. tropps says:

    twice a day, 1 caps. after the reset cycle

  4. rurkk says:

    for me, the best combination was Tren-25 AC Pharma Lab and testosterone propionate, the cycle lasted 7 weeks

  5. Sharks says:

    what you are intending to take oxavar and ostarine ac pharma lab in one cycle, whether it makes sense on the cycle on epi?

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