Masteron is used by bodybuilders to regain weight and maintain it. The androgenic properties can help increase mass but the effect is not as great as that seen with nandrolone or winstrol. The drug is most commonly used before a sports meet and stopped 2 weeks prior to the event. However, that was in the past. The sophisticated detection techniques available today can identify the drug even a month after use. Masteron has proven to a disappointment for the majority of bodybuilders. The weight gain is gradual and not significant. While some bodybuilders claim that is has kick arse muscle ripping effects, the majority of athletes who have used this drug in the past have complained that the effect was minimal. In part the reason for the failure of the drug may be due to the efficacy of the formulations out on the market. Because the drug is no longer legally manufactured, most of Masteron is made in home made laboratories in Asia and Europe. Besides the poor quality, there have been many instances of fake or counterfeit products.