Clenbuterol hydrochloride is an anti-asthma medication that belongs to a broad group of drugs knows as sympathomimetic. These drug affect that sympathetic nervous system in a wide number of ways, largely mediated by the distribution of adrenoceptors. There are actually nine different types of these receptors in the body, which are classified as either alpha or beta and further subcategorized by type number. Depending on the specific affinities of these agents for the various receptors, they can potentially be used in the treatment of conditions such as asthma, hypertension, cardiovascular shock, arrhythmias, migraine headaches and anaphylactic shock.
Clinical studies with this drug show it is extremely effective as a bronchodilator, with a low level of user complaints and high patient compliance. Clenbuterol hydrochloride also exhibits extremely long half-life in the body, which is measured o be approximately 34 hours long. This make steady blood levels easy to achieve, requiring only a single or twice daily dosing schedule at most. This of course makes it much easier for the patient to use and may tie in to high compliance rate.
In animal studies Clenbuterol hydrochloride is shown to exhibit anabolic activity, obviously an attractive trait to a bodybuilder or athlete. This compound is additionally a known thermogenic, with beta 2 agonists like Clenbuterol hydrochloride shown to directly stimulate fat cells and accelerate the breakdown of triglycerides to form free fatty acids. Its efficacy in this area makes Clenbuterol hydrochloride a very popular fat loss drug among the bodybuilder community. Those interested in this drug are often hoping it will produce a little of both benefits promoting the loss of body fat while imparting increases in strength and muscle mass. The possible anabolic results in humans are very questionable, and based only on animal data using much larger doses than would be required for bronchodilator.