Anavar is one of those steroids after which both beginners and experienced bodybuilders crave. With a high price, around it were created true myths, about its efficiency and lack of side effects. Although it is a very good steroid, it is not the top steroid, as it is sometimes presented. Moreover, it is a steroid that is falsified very often.
Active substance: oxandrolone
Trade names: Lipidex, Oxandrolone SPA, Anavar, Oxandrin, Oxandroland, Oxanol, Xtendrol
Anavar is a steroid derived from dihydrotestosterone. It has been designed to have a clear separation between anabolic and androgenic effects, and without estrogenic effects. Anavar is known for promoting qualitative increases in muscle mass, and strength, with no noticeable side effects. Milligram per milligram is 6 times more anabolic than actual testosterone, without the androgenic effects associated with it. But nonetheless, muscle mass gains are not at all impressive compared to testosterone. It is the preferred steroid for those who want to stretch, its anabolic effects being useful during weight loss treatments. It has been found that oxandrolone in reasonable doses has no major side effect. This is also due to the fact that it was initially designed for women and children.
Many bodybuilders and athletes are disappointed with Anavar, saying he has no major anabolic effects, but probably has too many expectations. Not all steroids are as strong and Anavar can be beneficial from other points of view.
As a therapeutic agent, it is used on several levels in medicine. Oxandrolone is most often prescribed when weight gain is required as a result of surgery or infections, and any condition that causes drastic weight loss. It is also useful in treating the effects of prolonged exposure to corticosteroids but also osteoporosis. It is also used in the treatment of hepatitis, growth defects in children and HIV infections.
Anavar is not flavored, so adding an anti-estrogen during treatment is not necessary. It is a very popular steroid also among athletes, swimmers or gymnasts, because in such sports you do not want too much body mass, but only an impulse in strength and muscle, without retention of water and fat. Many consider that, although not as many as other steroids, the pounds of muscle gained with this steroid are clearly superior in quality. However, for the majority, the number of pounds gained will be well below expectations, many of those using this steroid for physical appearance having illusions about the muscle mass it will produce. Athletes do not use Anavar to gain muscle mass, because it simply is not effective in this regard. During periods of mass accumulation, Anavar is used to reduce the fat that may occur as a result of the high-calorie diet and to increase the potency of other steroids such as Sustanon 250 or Trenbolone. He really shines when it comes to muscle definition.
It is used for muscle mass only among athletes.
His most important abilities are the ability to increase nitrogen retention in muscles, decrease SHBG (a protein that inactivates testosterone) and inhibit glucocorticoid hormones. Nitrogen retention promotes an anabolic environment, reducing SHBG increases the efficiency of testosterone (and other steroids that are co-administered with oxandrolone), and glucocorticoids are catabolic hormones that destroy muscle mass, most commonly known as cortisol.
Another aspect that makes it popular among endurance athletes and athletes is that it increases the number of red blood cells, increasing muscle endurance and cardiovascular endurance. It also increases muscle strength, but not as much as other stronger steroids. Anavar also supports a better recovery after physical exertion.
About Anavar is also said to be one of the few anabolic and androgenic steroids that directly influences fat burning. Most steroids increase metabolism but do not directly burn fat. Oxandrolone is said to directly inhibit lipolysis (fat burning) by strongly binding to androgen receptors and by reducing the levels of globulin that bind to thyroid hormones, which increases the efficiency of the T3 hormone secreted by the thyroid gland. But the fat burning capabilities of Anavar are not completely conclusive, and there are studies that support these effects and others that contradict them.
Regardless of its ability to burn fat directly, it remains one of the best steroids for muscle definition. When you want to burn fat, you should eat less calories than you burn. Simple! Without this aspect you do not lose weight, no matter what you do and what substances you take! The problem is that when there is a caloric deficit, muscle mass is lost. No matter how well you plan your diet, some muscle tissue is lost if there is no anabolic agent such as Anavar. That's why fitness models and bodybuilders use it when they want to define themselves following a low calorie diet. Also, after the fat is burnt the remaining muscle has a harder appearance and a more pronounced vascularization.
Side effects Anavar:
Side effects are reduced in case of therapeutic use. We will also analyze the side effects of oxandrolone in the doses used to improve performance and physical appearance.
Estrogenic side effects:
Anavar is not flavored at any dose (it does not convert to estrogen). So it does not cause gynecomastia, water retention or fattening. It has no progestin activity so any estrogenic effect is absent. If Anavar causes water retention, it is probably a counterfeit product that does not contain oxandrolone.
Androgenic side effects:
At very high doses or at very sensitive users, acne, oily skin and accelerated hair growth on the body are possible.
In those genetically predisposed it can cause baldness (hair loss). Some athletes use drugs such as Proscar to reduce these side effects, but in the case of Anavar it would have no effect. They work by inhibiting the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. But Anavar is already dihydrotestosterone, so it is not affected.
In women it can cause virilization, especially when used in too high doses. Virilization means hair growth on the body, thickening of the voice and enlargement of the clitoris. In general, Anavar is well tolerated by sportsmen, if used responsibly, but the risk of virilization is always present depending on the individual response. At the smallest signs of virilization administration should be discontinued immediately.
Another possible side effect in men is decreased libido; this is because Anavar is not very androgenic. The problem can be corrected by adding a testosterone or Proviron preparation to the cycle.
Side effects on the liver:
Although it is 17-alpha alkylated, to have a high oral bioavailability, it is less toxic to the liver than other alkylated steroids, because it is not metabolized by the liver for a long time; In this sense, studies were conducted, by analyzing the urine of the users, and more than one third of the steroid was present. And there are many other studies that show that it is much less hepatotoxic than other steroids. But, it is a good idea and a precautionary measure to use concurrently with a hepatoprotector such as Liv-52 or Essentiale Forte. It can be administered in cycles of up to 12 weeks, but recommended are those of 6-8 weeks.
Cardiovascular side effects:
Oxandrolone is known for its effects on reducing good cholesterol (HDL) and increasing bad cholesterol (LDL). The doses of oxandrolone needed to increase sports performance and improve physical appearance reduce HDL by up to 50% and increase LDL by up to 30%. If you already have poor cholesterol levels you should not take oxandrolone! Healthy people should supplement with high doses of omega-3 during the use of Anavar and avoid sugar and saturated fat. It is also recommended to do cardiovascular workouts, especially HIIT.
Side effects on testosterone:
Anavar, even in higher doses, does not significantly influence the generation of its own hormones in the body. Therefore it is well combined with Undestor in doses up to 240 mg daily. But it is still possible to lower your own testosterone. It has been found that high doses of Anavar (over 50-60 mg / day) reduce androgen hormone levels by 50%. Some men will feel good about these levels and will recover quickly, but it is an individual matter. Depending on your needs, post-cycle therapy should be followed at the end of oxandrolone administration. Generally, a PCT with tamoxifen is recommended.
The administration is preferable to be done on an empty stomach; doses are between 15-30 mg per day, especially for improving sports performance, but much better results are obtained at doses of 50-60mg / day, especially if you want to define or slightly increase your muscle mass. Some athletes use doses of 80 mg / day or more, but they also significantly increase the risk of side effects and toxic loading of the liver. It can also be combined with 200-400 mg of testosterone, when you want to build muscle mass. For definition it can be combined with Trenbolone 150 mg per week or with Primobolan 300-400 mg per week.
In sports the doses are between 5-10 mg / day, in cycles of 6-8 weeks.
Anavar was invented in the 1960s. It is currently marketed by the pharmaceutical company Savient, but there are several other companies that produce generic oxandrolone, such as Watson Laboratories Inc. As an idea, no pharmaceutical company in the world ceases to supply oxandrolone under the name Anavar. All products under the name Anavar are produced by underground companies.
Oxandrolone is expensive and is one of the most counterfeit steroids. There are many illegitimate manufacturers of steroids that also make oxandrolone, but most of the time it is under-dosed or contains another active substance. Most often, smaller doses of Danabol are given, which is extremely cheap compared to oxandrolone. Original products are extremely rare and difficult to buy on the black market. Usually elite athletes have access to them.