Generic Name: Oxandrolone (anavar)
Anavar (Oxandrolone) Oxandrolone is a weak steroid with only a slight androgenic component. It has been shown that Oxandrolone, when taken in reasonable dosages, rarely has any side effects. This is appreciated since Oxandrolone was developed mostly for women and children. Oxandrolone is one of the few steroids which does not cause an early stunting of growth in cluildren since it does not prematurely close the epiphysial growth plates. For this reason Oxandrolone is mostly used in children to stimulate growth and in women to prevent osteoporosis. Oxandrolone causes very light virilization symptoms, if at all. This characteristic makes Oxandrolone a favored remedy for female athletes since, at a daily dose of 10-30 mg, masculinizing symptoms are observed only rarely.
Bodybuilders and powerlifters, in particutar, like Oxandrolone for three reasons. First, Oxandrolone causes a strong strength gain by stimulating the phosphocreatine synthesis in the muscle cell without depositing liquid (water) in the joints and the muscles. Powerlifters and weightlifters who do not want to end up in a higher weight class take advantage of this since it allows them to get stronger without gaining body weight at the same time. The combination of Oxandrolone and 20 – 30 mg Holotestin daily has proven to be very effective since the muscles also look harder. Similarly good results can be achieved by a simultaneous intake of Oxandrolone and 120-140 mcg Clenbuterol per day. Although Oxandrolone itself does not cause a noticeable muscle growth it can clearly improve the muscle-developing effect of many steroids. Deca Durabolin, Dianabol (D-bol), and the various testosterone compounds, in particular, combine well with Oxandrolone to achieve a “mass buildup” because the strength gain caused by the intake of these highly tissue-developing and liquid-retaining substances results in an additional muscle mass. A stack of 200 mg Deca Durabolin/week, 500 mg Testoviron Depot (e.g. Testoviron Ethanate 250)/week, and 25 mg Oxandrolone/day leads to a good gain in strength and mass in most athletes. Deca Durabolin has a distinct anabolic effect and stimulates the synthesis of protein; Oxandrolone improves the strength by a higher phosphocreatine synthesis; and Testoviron Depot inereases the aggressiveness for the workout and accelerates regeneration.
Oxandrolone (anavar) has often been used as a growth-promoting agent in the therapy of boys with growth delays in adolescence. In fact, according to one Italian study, oxandrolone (anavar) was as effective as GH in promoting growth in these individuals. One French study found it superior to GH in treating girls affected with Turner’s syndrome, another growth-delay ailment. In obese individuals, oral oxandrolone (anavar) has been shown to decrease subcutaneous abdominal fat more than testosterone enanthate or weight loss alone, and it also tended to produce favorable changes in visceral fat.
Oxandrolone or anavar works specifically by amplifying the amount of growth hormone (GH) released per burst without altering GH secretory burst duration, frequency, or the GH half-life.
As little as 2.5 mg of the drug can positively shift nitrogen balance. Dosages used by bodybuilders range from 0.125 mg to 2.5 mg per kilogram of bodyweight. Studies do not support any benefits to dosages over 1.1 mg/kg, and European bodybuilding coaches consider 0.25 to 0.5 mg/kg to be the optimal dosage. Most male bodybuilders have reported significant improvements in strength and recovery ability from dosages varying between 30 mg and 80 mg per day. Female bodybuilders use about half of the male dosage.
Oxandrolone (anavar) is a multipurpose drug, as it is used during both off and in season for competitive bodybuilding, many weight-class regulated sports, track and field, cycling, and strength sports. In strength-training circles, Oxandrolone has been reported as the most efficient strength-inducing drug on a per-mg basis.
It is believed to be one of the best inducers of creatine phosphate synthesis in muscle tissue. However, there are no scientific studies to support this statement.
Its low androgenicity makes it very popular with many female athletes, such as bodybuilders.
It has virtually no liver toxicity, even at doses as high as 80 mg a day. It’s even been given to patients suffering from liver cirrohsis.
Oxandrolone (anavar) will not shut down a man’s pituitary-gonadal axis. There is no evidence that it suppresses testosterone or sperm production, which is why it’s the oral of choice when pyramiding off steroids. Many bodybuilders have tapered off anabolic usage by switching to Oxandrolone at 30 mg per day and slowly reducing the dosage by 2.5 mg every five days until endogenous testosterone production is back to normal.
Bodybuilders rate it as an excellent hardening drug for physique contests.
Athletes report that with Oxandrolone, they have the highest retention of gains upon cessation of use when compared with other steroids.
It’s one of the only anabolics that does not cause premature closure of bone epiphyses in children.
Since it doesn’t aromatize, there’s no need to take Tamoxifen, Proviron, or Cytadren when using oxandrolone.
Negative side effects:
It has more negative effects on blood lipids than reported originally in scientific literature.
In females, dosages above 15 mg a day can cause facial hair, deepening of the voice, clitoral hypertrophy, and acne.
With Oxandrolone (anavar), a very limited number of individuals have reported gastrointestinal problems ranging from a sensation of stomach fullness to appetite suppression, nausea, and diarrhea.