Anavar is an oral anabolic steroid which is also known as one of the mildest anabolic steroids. Anavar is actually the brand name for the drug Oxandrolone. This steroid was originally developed by the Searle laboratories in the year 1964. Although, Anavar will moderately increase lean muscle mass, it will impart impressive strength to the body.
Why use Anavar?
Anavar is favoured by bodybuilders to increase strength and muscle mass. It is commonly used during the cutting cycle to lose fat while maintaining the lean muscle mass. Anavar will moderatly increase lean muscle mass but will preserve the muscle gains that are obtained from other steroids which makes it appropriate for bulking during the off season. Anavar increases the vascularity and tightness of the muscles. Anavar does not result in weight gain because it neither causes water retention nor any increase in blood volume.
Anavar increases the contractility of the muscles by enhancing the production of creatine and its utilization. As a result, the strength is significantly increased by this drug. Anavar is popular among women because of it’s mild androgenic nature. This means that the women need not worry about developing masculine characteristics such as excess body hair. However, drug abuse and improper doses can result in development of masculine characteristics such as deeper voice, enlargement of the clitoris, body and facial hair and acne. Caution is always a virtue.
Anavar can inhibit natural testosterone production in the body which has a detrimental effect on the mood, appetite, physique and libido. Therefore, this drug must be supplemented with testosterone such as testosterone esters. One such testosterone ester is testosterone enanthate.
Anavar does not cause much side effects but irresponsible usage and abuse can result in many harmful side effects such as atrophied testicles, decreased sperm count, impotence, testicular pain, irritable bladder, etc.
Anavar also tends to increase the level of Low Density Lipoproteins while causing a drop in the level of High Density Lipoproteins. This can be combated by using supplements such as N2GUARD.
Anavar or oxandrolone is a C17 alpha alkylated steroid which enables it to pass the liver without denaturation. Despite this fact, Anavar is not harsh on the liver. However, the risk of damaging the liver goes up with increase in dose.
Even though Anavar does not aromatize to form estrogen, stacking it with a steroid that does convert into estrogen requires an aromatase inhibitor in order to prevent the possible development of gynecomastia in men who are sensitive to estrogen. For example, Arimidex can be used in a cycle of Anavar to prevent such an effect.
Anavar can be taken in doses of 20-50mg with a maximum of 100 mg per day by males. Significant increase in strength can be achieved at lower doses although significant increase in size requires high doses. For women, the dose is usually between 2.5-20mg per day. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid Anavar.
Anavar can be stacked with other steroids such as Proviron, Winstrol, Primobolan, Halotestin and Equipoise in order to obtain maximum muscle gains.