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Clinical data
Other namesTrienolone; Trienbolone; RU-2341; Δ9,11-Nandrolone; 19-Nor-δ9,11-testosterone; Estra-4,9,11-trien-17β-ol-3-one
AHFS/Drugs.comInternational Drug Names
  • X
Routes of
Intramuscular injection (as esters)
Drug classAndrogen; Anabolic steroid; Progestogen
ATC code
  • None
Legal status
Legal status
Pharmacokinetic data
BioavailabilityIntramuscular: 100%[citation needed]
Elimination half-life6-8 hours[citation needed]
  • (8S,13S,14S,17S)-17-Hydroxy-13-methyl-2,6,7,8,14,15,16,17-octahydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]phenanthren-3-one
CAS Number
PubChem CID
CompTox Dashboard (EPA)
ECHA InfoCard100.127.177 Edit this at Wikidata
Chemical and physical data
Molar mass270.372 g·mol−1
3D model (JSmol)
  • O=C4\C=C2/C(=C1/C=C\[C@@]3([C@@H](O)CC[C@H]3[C@@H]1CC2)C)CC4
  • InChI=1S/C18H22O2/c1-18-9-8-14-13-5-3-12(19)10-11(13)2-4-15(14)16(18)6-7-17(18)20/h8-10,15-17,20H,2-7H2,1H3/t15-,16+,17+,18+/m1/s1 checkY
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Trenbolone is an androgen and anabolic steroid (AAS) of the nandrolone group which itself was never marketed.[1][2][3][4][5] Trenbolone ester prodrugs, including trenbolone acetate (brand names Finajet, Finaplix, others) and trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate (brand names Parabolan, Hexabolan), are or have been marketed for veterinary and clinical use.[1][2][3][5][6][7] Trenbolone acetate is used in veterinary medicine in livestock to increase muscle growth and appetite, while trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate was formerly used clinically in humans but is now no longer marketed.[1][2][3][5] In addition, although it is not approved for clinical or veterinary use, trenbolone enanthate is sometimes sold on the black market under the nickname Trenabol.[5]

A vial of injectable trenbolone acetate.



Trenbolone, as trenbolone acetate, improves muscle mass, feed efficiency, and mineral absorption in cattle.[5]

Side effects[edit]

Sometimes human users may experience an event called "tren cough" shortly after or during an injection, where the user experiences a violent and extreme coughing fit, which can last for minutes.



Trenbolone has both anabolic and androgenic effects.[5] Once metabolized, trenbolone esters have the effect of increasing ammonium ion uptake by muscles, leading to an increase in the rate of protein synthesis. It may also have the secondary effects of stimulating appetite and decreasing the rate of catabolism, as all anabolic steroids are believed to; however, catabolism likely increases significantly once the steroid is no longer taken.[8] At least one study in rats has shown trenbolone to cause gene expression of the androgen receptor (AR) at least as potent as dihydrotestosterone (DHT). This evidence tends to indicate trenbolone can cause an increase in male secondary sex characteristics without the need to convert to a more potent androgen in the body.[9]

Studies on metabolism are mixed, with some studies showing that it is metabolized by aromatase or 5α-reductase into estrogenic compounds, or into 5α-reduced androgenic compounds, respectively.[10][11]

Trenbolone has potency five times as high as that of testosterone.[5][12] Trenbolone also binds with high affinity to the progesterone receptor,[5][12][13][14] Trenbolone binds to the glucocorticoid receptor, as well.[13]


To prolong its elimination half-life, trenbolone is administered as a prodrug as an ester conjugate such as trenbolone acetate, trenbolone enanthate, or trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate.[1][2][3][5] Plasma lipases then cleave the ester group in the bloodstream leaving free trenbolone.[citation needed]

Trenbolone and 17-epitrenbolone are both excreted in urine as conjugates that can be hydrolyzed with beta-glucuronidase.[15] This implies that trenbolone leaves the body as beta-glucuronides or sulfates.


Trenbolone, also known as 19-nor-δ9,11-testosterone or as estra-4,9,11-trien-17β-ol-3-one, is a synthetic estrane steroid and a derivative of nandrolone (19-nortestosterone).[1][2][5] It is specifically nandrolone with two additional double bonds in the steroid nucleus.[1][2][5] Trenbolone esters, which have an ester at the C17β position, include trenbolone acetate, trenbolone enanthate, trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate, and trenbolone undecanoate.[1][2][5][16]

Basic information about different types steroids included base trenbolone inside structure.
Name: Trenbolone Trenbolone acetate Trenbolone enanthate Trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate


Structural[16] Trenbolone.png Trenbolone acetate.svg Trenbolone enanthate.svg Trenbolone cyclohexylmethylcarbonate.svg
Formula C18H22O2 C20H24O3 C25H34O3 C26H34O4
Crystal system[16] monocrystalic monocrystalic monocrystalic
Elimination half life 48–72 hours[citation needed] short

1–2 days;[16] 3 days[17]


11 days[16]

8 days[16]


Trenbolone was first synthesized in 1963.[18]

Society and culture[edit]

Generic names[edit]

Trenbolone is the generic name of the drug and its INN and BAN.[1][2][3] It has also been referred to as trienolone or trienbolone.[1][2][3][19]

Legal status[edit]

Some bodybuilders and athletes use trenbolone hexahydrobenzylcarbonate and other esters (acetate, enanthate) for their muscle-building and otherwise performance-enhancing effects.[20][5] Such use is illegal in the United States and several European and Asian countries. The DEA classifies trenbolone and its esters as Schedule III controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.[21] Trenbolone is classified as a Schedule 4 drug in Canada[22] and a class C drug with no penalty for personal use or possession in the United Kingdom.[23] Use or possession of steroids without a prescription is a crime in Australia.[24]

Doping in sports[edit]

There are known cases of doping in sports with trenbolone esters by professional athletes.

See also[edit]


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