Maybe I worded my question wrong. I am not asking for a cycle.
these compounds have the potential to make the body retain water. I am interested in opinions on when these should be dropped so the water retention subsides...
It's very hard to answer as there are 1001 variables and everyone is different. An extreme example is Milos Sarcev once said he loaded 80 grams creatine daily for a contest. Some tend to look better keeping test in whilst others are 100% better off dropping it as it makes them hold too much water. I would drop most things out 1 week plus. I would obviously keep orals in.
It all depends upon how you are looking and what effect each has on you. It's better to be safe than sorry for a few items but some may keep you looking fuller which is only a good thing. I would definitely drop things in stages and not all at once. For me personally the first to go would be the npp, creatine and peps (2 weeks out). Good luck for your show.