Furanthril (Furosemide) – Actavis, 12 tabs per 40 mg
Furosemide is a fairly old and extremely popular diuretic that first gained popularity in Germany in the early 1960’s. Shortly after it would gain worldwide attention due to its ability to fight edema and high blood pressure, and it is still used for such purposes today. Many athletes who are in need of shedding water also use Furosemide. This is a common diuretic used by bodybuilders shortly before competition. Some athletes also use it in an effort to meet a specific weight class before competition. However, while Furosemide is extremely effective, use can also be extremely dangerous. While still popular among some athletes, it has begun to fall out of popularity in some circles due to far more tolerable and safer diuretics being available. Potassium sparing diuretics, like Aldactone and Dyazide, have proven to be far less problematic when used in an athletic capacity. However, when examining Furosemide it cannot be denied, the potential results can be astounding and even labeled phenomenal.
Once administered, Furosemide will begin to push fluid from the body in approximately one hour at a high rate, and this expulsion will last for approximately 3-4 hours. The individual should expect heavy and frequent urination with Furosemide use. In fact, urination can be so frequent many find it annoying. The individual should also expect a notable loss in body weight during this time. You will not be losing body fat, it will simply be fluid, but it can be enough to make a notable difference in your total body weight.
Due to the effects of Furosemide, some athletes who are having a difficult time meeting weight class requirements will try the diuretic. It can work quite well, but it can also be detrimental to performance. The individual will more than likely feel very drained, which will cause his performance to lessen. Not to mention the loss of electrolytes can make high levels of performance extremely difficult.
Then we have competitive bodybuilders, and for decades Furosemide was considered essential to competition. Despite feeling drained and weak this isn’t an issue for the bodybuilder. Most are already drained and weak after the brutal diets required to reach competition conditioning. What many do not realize, although bodybuilders look their strongest and best on stage, they are actually at their weakest state. However, by dropping a lot of water prior to competition, this will enable the already very lean bodybuilder to appear harder and dryer; he will appear in better condition. In competitive bodybuilding, while muscularity is a factor conditioning is the primary factor needed for success. However, there is a fine line to walk with this type of use. It can be extremely dangerous and over the years there have been bodybuilders who have crossed the line and paid for it with their life.
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