Thanks so much for posting this, Dr. Fudin. As an Ehlers-Danlos patient with a keen interest in science, it frustrates me when people can’t get their facts right. If Vicodin is the same thing as heroin, then we might as well say that Maxalt (rizatriptan benzoate) is the same thing as a tricyclic antidepressant because both can contribute to serotonin syndrome. The website for the PBS documentary “The Botany of Desire” outlined the chemical differences between different kinds of opiates quite clearly; interested readers might want to check it out. (I can’t find a link, though.) I have never taken hydrocodone, but I used to use Tylenol w/ codeine in the past for acute pain. Now that I live in New York, I can’t even get a prescription for that. As a result, I’ve had to make a prescription for 20 Tylenol 3 stretch over the course of a year and a half. Some people would be gracious and say that they would never wish their pain on their worst enemy, but if my enemy worked for the FDA, I certainly would. Maybe it would provoke a change of perspective. Thank you for your advocacy.
The side effects of Testosterone Propionate will include natural testosterone suppression in all men who supplement. For the TRT patient this is of no concern as he no longer produces enough testosterone to begin with. For the performance athlete, while on cycle this is also of no concern as the exogenous testosterone will provide all he needs. Once the use of Testosterone Propionate has come to an end and all exogenous hormones (steroidal) have cleared the body, natural testosterone production will begin again. However, it will take quite a bit of time for levels to reach their prior high state and a low level condition may exist for a time. For this reason, most men are encouraged to implement a Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) program following anabolic steroid use . A PCT plan will stimulate natural testosterone recovery and speed up the process. It will not bring your levels back to normal on it’s own, there’s no PCT plan that can do this. However, it will ensure you have enough testosterone for proper bodily function while your levels continue to naturally rise. Important notes – natural testosterone recovery assumes no prior low testosterone condition existed. Natural recovery also assumes severe damage was not done to the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Testicular-Axis (HPTA) due to improper or irresponsible anabolic steroid use.