Everything you need to know about Anavar


Everything you need to know about Anavar.

Welcome to the start of the steroid profiles. These will include short pieces of information about common steroids used in bodybuilding. We will start with a very popular oral anabolic steroid, Anavar (Oxandrolone). This drug is popular due to those believing side effects are minimal and it is one of the safer compounds. We will dive deep into the research and see whether this is true.

  • It was first introduced in 1962.
  • It was created in order to be a mild oral anabolic that could be used in both men and women.
  • Research has shown it is able to promote lean tissue growth even when the person has a disease such as cancer, it also aids in recovery from surgery and trauma and has been shown to be effective in assisting people with osteoporosis.
  • It is an expensive drug.
  • The FDA has approved it adjunctive therapy to promote weight gain or maintain weight in catabolic disease and for alleviation of bone pain from osteoporosis.
  • It is banned by WADA.
  • Anavar is derived from the by product of testosterone called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
  • It was designed to be anabolic with minimal oestrogenic or androgenic effects.
  • Anavar is 6 times stronger at building muscle than testosterone with a lot lower androgenicity.
  • It is commonly used by bodybuilders looking to cut weight or build lean tissue without the addition of water weight or fat.

Side Effects:

  • It does not convert to oestrogen and thus you will not experience side effects of oestrogen and anti-oestrogens will not have to be used.
  • Due to the lack of oestrogen, water weight should not be an issue.
  • Although Anavar was developed to not be androgenic, it is still possible (especially at bodybuilding doses) to experience androgenic side effects such as oily skin, acne, hair loss.
  • Women use this drug due to its lower androgenicity, however, it still has the possibility to cause deepening of the voice, menstrual cycle issues, facial hair growth, clitoral enlargement, and baldness.
  • It is a c 17-alpha alkylated compound. To those familiar with steroid terms by now, you will know this means it is toxic to the liver.
  • Anavar is not as toxic to the liver as other orals due to it not being mainly metabolised by the liver. It is in fact excreted through the kidneys.
  • At 20 to 40mg a day, one can expect to have a 45% reduction in testosterone levels and at 80mg a day a 66% reduction is expected.
  • Doses as little as 2.5mg can supress natural testosterone levels. Therefore, a Post Cycle Therapy will be required.
  • Anavar potently suppresses HDL (good cholesterol) and increases LDL (bad cholesterol) secondary to its resistance to being broken down by the liver. Therefore, a healthy diet low in saturated fats and cardiovascular exercise will be necessary to negate some of the negative effects on lipids.
  • Individuals have noticed that it has potent appetite suppressing effects possibly secondary to its effect on the liver.
  • Furthermore, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, and anxiety have been reported.


  • The half-life of Anavar is between 9 and 10 hours which means twice daily dosing should be used.
  • Taking Anavar with a fatty meal may increase its bioavailability.
  • Doses for men range from 15 mg to 50 mg a day or 5 to 10 mg for women.
  • Anavar stacks very well with any compound. It can be used in bulking, lean mass or cutting.
  • It has gained a reputation for being used in losing weight due to its inability to convert to oestrogen and its ability to maintain lean tissue whilst losing weight.
  • Studies have shown that using low doses (such as 200mg of testosterone a week) with moderate Anavar doses can produce the same effect as using 600mg of testosterone without as many side effects.
  • Cycles should not exceed 6 to 8 weeks.

This is everything you need to know about Anavar.


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