A quick question for Cy or anyone else out there :
If I were to do a cycle of MAG-10 after January and get “pee tested” what would MAG-10 show up as? Does anyone know if regular pee tests actually even test for steroids/andros or is it just marijauna and the like.
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Unless you’re an NCAA or professional athlete, I wouldn’t be too concerned. Standard drug tests, even those for convicted criminals on probation don’t include anabolic steroid testing. Unless, of course, the person is on probation because of anabolic steroid possession, distribution, etc.
The reason? Well, it’s far too expensive. It’s not as if you take the person’s urine and stick in a tube and mix it with a reagent and see if it turns colors. There are different tests for different androgens. For testosterone, a measurement of the testosterone to epitestosterone ratio is taken. Beyond that, a combination of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is typically used and this is far from cheap to use. I don’t remember the exact figures, but it was something like $100 or more per run. So, what one must keep in mind is that when they perform GC/MS it’s a matter of looking for a specific parent compound or metabolite thereof. What people don’t realize is that each androgen or metabolite thereof must be looked for. So, if you wanted to look for stanozolol, nandrolone, oxymetholone, and trenbolone, you’re talking about at least 4 different runs, costing $400. Obviously, taking a figure like that and plugging in the amount of people who would be subjected will give you an outrageous figure that just isn’t something most bodies are going to pay for as it would be highly counterproductive.
Amphetamines and so forth are detected via immunoassay, and this is completely different from GC/MS. With immunoassay, as others have alluded to, it creates the potential for cross-reactivity with a given antibody. This is why ephedrine can sometimes cause a false positive for amphetamine use. It’s obviously a much cheaper method and nowhere near as time consuming.
Even in those organizations like the IOC and NFL and such, it’s only a matter of performing GC/MS with a narrow range of androgens which they think guys are most likely to use.