Anavar is one of the brand names for the chemical called oxandrolone, which is an oral steroid first produced in 1964. It was initially manufactured as a stimulant for children’s growth and a drug for treatment of various diseases, but eventually Anavar became extremely popular among athletes.
The drug’s complete lack of any side effects and its low androgenic activity (making oxandrolone a favorite among female athletes) with great effectiveness are the reasons for such popularity.
Back in the medical field, doctors became wary of using oxandrolone for treatment of various diseases due to steroids gaining quite a bit of a negative reputation back in the 1980’s. The drug’s manufacturing became unprofitable, so the pharmaceutical company Searl stopped Anavar’s production. This wasn’t for long, though - BTG has recently bought out the rights for the drug’s production as a substance for treating HIV-induced slim disease. This led to Anavar becoming wide-spread again.
Anavar is produced for oral consumption only. This anabolic-androgenic steroid is extremely mild due to it being initially manufactured for treating various kinds of medical patients, including children.
Oxandrolone’d been used in medical treatment - scientific research shows that Anavar greatly helps in rapid recovery of burn victims, patients suffering from HIV-induced slim disease, persistent infections and postoperative weight loss.
Studies have proved significant benefit of using oxandrolone compared to the control group (whether it was the placebo effect or not) after taking into account the reduced weight and nitrogen loss, rapid healing of skin grafting areas.
Anavar is very safe to use (especially when you consider all the benefits) if proper drug cycle routine and PCT are followed strictly. Despite its mild effects, it still produces significant strength improvements and better muscle mass. The muscles won’t be too pumped though, so if you’re gaining, you’d better use another anabolic-androgenic steroid or combine Anavar with other steroid drugs.
Anavar does not aromatize, which means it doesn’t convert into estrogen, so you don’t need to use antiestrogens like aromatase inhibitors or selective estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) when Anavar is used at optimal dosages with no additional steroids. Oxandrolone is also well-known due to it being one of the least androgenic steroids, making its impact on the natural testosterone production very slight.
Unlike other anabolic steroids, Anavar doesn’t cause acne or hair loss thanks to its low androgenic activity. When you also add the complete lack of estrogen side effects like fluid retention, you get a perfect steroid for usage before a competition or for cutting.
Athletes also note the great fat burning properties of the drug (especially for the lower abdominal area).
Anavar is one of the safest steroids, but it doesn’t mean users can ignore basic precautions.
Studies have shown that oxandrolone doesn’t produce a strong toxic impact on the liver and doesn’t affect the liver when used at therapeutic doses.
However, professional athletes use oxandrolone at very high dosages, sometimes even in combination with other steroids. This makes it necessary to additionally use some hepatoprotectors like N2Guard (the necessary dosages of which will depend on the rate of Anavar consumption and the duration of the drug cycle). When shielding the liver, keep in mind other steroids used in combination with Anavar and their impact.
One of the few side effects caused by Anavar are the changes in the lipid levels in the cells. 2 weeks of standard oxandrolone usage is enough for changing low-density lipoprotein in the blood, too. This is why it’s recommended to use LDL-controlling drugs or increase high-density lipoprotein for the optimal lipid balance. Linseed oil can be used as a natural cholesterol regulating compound.
Oxandrolone is produced for oral consumption, which is why its half-life is quite short. Research has proved that Anavar’s half-life is just about 10 hours, with the peak activity happening for around 5-8 hours.
This is why it’s recommended to use the drug twice a day to keep the oxandrolone concentration in the bloodstream at a stable level.
Dosages and usage
Anavar is most often used for better muscle definition and gaining high-quality muscle mass. It can also be used in combination with other drugs to keep any swelling in check.
The recommended dosage for great results in men is 25-50 mg. Some expert athletes use the drug at about 50-100 mg per day, but the majority of regular bodybuilders keep to the standard dosage of 25-50 mg. Exceeded dosages call for certain preventive measures despite oxandrolone being a mild and safe anabolic drug.
The dosage of 5 mg per day is usually enough for women to get significant results. It can be increased up to 15 mg, but then users have to keep in mind possible androgenic side effects and their prevention.
Special information for women
For a long time Anavar has been (and still is) one of the favorite anabolic drugs among female athletes due to its effectiveness and low androgenic activity. Unlike other steroids, oxandrolone doesn’t produce excess hair growth, rougher voice and other masculinization effects thanks to the androgenic activity.
More than that, studies have shown that oxandrolone helps in fat loss, especially in the lower abdomen area, which is certainly a benefit for women.
Anavar is extremely popular among athletes due to its great results with next to no side effects.
Even though oxandrolone is mild, it still helps in gaining high-quality muscle without swelling or any side effects associated with estrogens. Anavar produces almost no androgenic activity or toxic impact on the liver. This lack of androgenic side effects and the great quality of gained muscle make Anavar a best-seller among male and female athletes.
Keep in mind though, oxandrolone is still a steroid, which means users should be careful when using the drug.