Ketotifen General Description
Ketotifen fumarate is an antihistamine used in medicine to treat asthma and reduce the frequency and severity of its attacks. Ketotifen is also often used in sports. This antihistamine’s primary active agent is Ketotifen fumarate. The drug gained popularity due to its ability to inhibit the activity of beta-2-adrenergic receptors stimulated by adrenergic agonists like Clenbuterol. Ephedrine, Clenbuterol and Albuterol are used as part of steroid cycles or separately for lipolytic effects. Ketotifen’s usage allows for significant increases in the duration of fat-burning drugs’ use and minimized adverse reactions.
The drug is often used in bodybuilding for lipolysis, therefore it is used mainly by athletes during cutting cycles for better body definition and increased muscle toughness. As a result of using this antihistamine, the susceptibility of beta-2-adrenergic receptors is increased, thus significantly extending the duration of a fat-burning drug cycle (Ephedrine, Clenbuterol).
The main purpose of using Ketotifen in sports is to minimize and slow down the tolerance of receptors to the active agent of Ephedrine or Clenbuterol. Ketotifen fumarate allows to extend fat burning cycles up to 8 weeks and suppress possible adverse reactions caused by Clenbuterol, such as hand tremor, insomnia, increased anxiety.
As recent scientific studies in Germany have shown, the usage of Ketotifen increases appetite, which can eliminate the results of cutting cycles that call for a low-calorie diet. Positive effects of the drug include:
• extended duration of fat burners cycles (Clenbuterol and others);
• normalized heart rate;
• restored susceptibility of beta-2 adrenergic receptors;
• reduced risks of manifesting a variety of side effects caused by fat burners and further mitigating of such reactions.
The primary action of Ketotifen is to block the activity of histamine. The drug increases the athlete’s levels of tolerance to Clenbuterol, which results in the extended activity times of the combined usage of these drugs up to 12 weeks, sometimes even longer. The drug can be safely used by female athletes in combination with Clenbuterol without the risk of hormonal imbalances.
The drug minimizes mental agitation and normalizes heart rate. A side effect of Ketotifen’s usage in the form drowsiness may be a positive reaction appreciated by many bodybuilders – the drug helps to ease the process of falling asleep, as Clenbuterol provokes insomnia. A 2010 study has shown that using Ketotifen and Clenbuterol during an anabolic-androgenic steroid cycle results in a pronounced synergy effect, as the actions of the drugs increase the effectiveness of each other.
Ketotifen is also characterized by another property – the use of the drug in rare cases of users not maintaining their diet can lead to weight gain. Similar results were shown by scientific research in Germany, but the test was conducted on patients with anorexia only. This effect is achieved by increased appetite, but the increase in body fat can be avoided by following a proper diet.
Ketotifen Possible Side Effects
As other antihistamines, Ketotifen can cause slight drowsiness throughout the day. Regardless of dosages, the following side effects may occur during a cycle • feeling of minor fatigue, slight decline in vital energy, overfatigue. Since the drug is recommended to be used twice a day, it is vital to compose a daily routine in such a way that the user won’t have to engage in work requiring high concentration and attention after a morning intake. The drug cycle may produce increased appetite – this effect will allow users to enrich their diet with large amounts of protein when compiling a sports diet and going through a cycle for increased muscle mass. Another negative effect of using Ketotifen is dryness of the mouth.
Ketotifen Administration and Dosage
Ketotifen is rarely used in sports solo; the drug is often taken as part of a combined cycle with other fat burning drugs. A solo cycle of the drug allows for saving the accumulated muscle mass and excreting excess water from the body. Ketotifen is often used in combination with Clenbuterol. Such a combo is in high demand among bodybuilders, as it makes it possible to achieve best possible results and great fat burning effects. The optimal dosage of the drug should not exceed 2-3 mg of the active agent daily. A combined cycle of Ketotifen and Clenbuterol is as follows:
• day 1 – 20 mcg of Clenbuterol;
• day 2 – 40 mcg of the fat burner;
• day 3 – 60 mcg of Clenbuterol;
• day 4 – 80 mcg of Clenbuterol;
• day 5 – 100 mcg of Clenbuterol with the added 1 mg of Ketotifen;
• days 6-27 – 120 mcg of Clenbuterol and 2 mg of Ketotifen;
• the dosages should be gradually lowered after day 28 – 80 mcg of Clenbuterol and 2 mg of Ketotifen;
• day 29 - 80 mcg of Clenbuterol and 1-2 mg of Ketotifen;
• day 30 – 30-35 mcg of Clenbuterol and 1 mg of Ketotifen.
The fat burning cycle can be repeated several times with a break of at least 2 weeks between the cycles. Ketotifen doses should be divided into several intakes per day (in the afternoon and in the evening) to avoid sleep disturbances. Clenbuterol and Ketotifen are not anabolic-androgenic drugs, so there is no need to undergo post-cycle therapy after the combined cycle.
However, the use of special sports supplements is recommended during the cycle. Such supplements may include protein, BCAAs and other cortisol blockers, which can significantly increase fat burning. Users also need to follow a diet for cutting and losing weight.
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