Categorized as a Schedule III (non-narcotic) managed material under the Anabolic Steroids Control Act of 1990, Anavar or Oxandrolone is one of the most widely used cutting cycle drugs.
Anavar has the chemical name of 17ß-hydroxy-17a-methyl-2-oxa-5a-androstan-3-one and the molecular formula of C19H30O3. The active ingredient in tablets of Anavar is the steroid Oxandrolone and the list of non-active substances contains lactose, magnesium stearate, cornstarch, and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose. Anavar can be detected over a period of three to four weeks and has an active life of eight to twelve hours.
Use of this anabolic steroid is not related to aromatization and its anabolic effects are very useful in promoting linear growth. Medically, Anavar (or AnVar) is recommended to treat osteoporosis in women, HIV/AIDS related wasting syndrome, and healing wounds and burns. Sportsmen use this steroid while dieting to minimize body fat while maintaining lean mass. In addition to that, the use of Anavar is also associated with dramatic body strength enhancements.
Also known as Oxandrolone, Anavar is indicated to promote weight gain during adjunctive therapy after weight loss following extensive surgery, chronic infections, or severe trauma and to offset the protein catabolism associated with prolonged administration of corticosteroids. The steroid is also suggested to provide relief to patients suffering with bone pain frequently accompanying osteoporosis and promoting weight gain in some patients who without definite pathophysiologic reasons fail to gain or to maintain normal weight.
The recommended dose of Oxandrolone is 0.125 mg per kg of bodyweight per day or 200-100 mg per day for men and 2.5-20 mg per day for females and the steroid can be stacked with anabolics and performance enhancing drugs such as Halotestin, Proviron, Equipoise, Primobolan, Winstrol, and HGH. It can be a part of both bulking and cutting cycles, and is mostly preferred as a cutting cycle steroid. Since concentrations of this drug fall greatly post 10-16 hours after administration, it is best to take two doses of Anavar daily so that the compound levels remain in a stable manner and no major deviations happen. Anavar use does not lead to virilization and this is the reason why it is admired by members of the female community and even sometimes called the ‘girl steroid.’ This performance enhancing drug can be run far longer than other 17 alpha alkylated oral steroids because of its unique mild nature in terms of hepatotoxicity. Most sportsmen often use AnVar in cycles of ten to twelve weeks.
Hair loss is not a concern for users of this steroid as it does not convert to DHT or aromatize. In order to get the best benefits out of this drug, it is best stacked with testosterone as AnVar use may cause loss of libido in some males by shutting down HPTA. While using Oxandrolone, users can expect an increase in the value of liver enzymes though this increase is very small. The steroid causes the lowest sulfobromophthalein retention when compared with results from methyltestosterone, norethandrolone, Fluoxymesterone, and methAndriol.
The drug is not advised to women who may become pregnant while taking the drug. Use of Oxandrolone should also not be made by individuals who are struggling from bone problems (such as osteopenia, osteoporosis), stroke or blood clots, heart disease (such as chest pain, heart attack, heart failure), high blood fats (cholesterol), high blood pressure, kidney problems, and liver problems unless otherwise specifically recommended by a practitioner after making a complete evaluation of all medical reports and history. Oxandrolone should also NOT be handled by women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. Breathing the dust from Anavar tablets is never recommended to these women as the drug may be absorbed through the skin and lungs.
Oxandrolone should not be used by pregnant and lactating women, children, those having existing allergy to Oxandrolone or any of its ingredients, and those treated for prostate, breast, or testicular cancer or suffering from high blood pressure, stroke, and liver damage. Patients making use of drugs such as Prasterone, Tamoxifen, DHEA, and Androstenedione should avoid making the use of Anavar, unless the same is specifically approved by a qualified practitioner.
Medical assistance should be sought immediately in case Oxandrolone user(s) experience side effects, including sudden shortness of breath, chest/jaw/left arm pain, slurred speech, swelling of arms/legs, weakness on one side of the body, coughing up blood, sudden dizziness/fainting, pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf, tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs, vision changes, sudden/severe headache. The same is also suggested if side effects like abdominal pain, light colored stools, dark colored urine, unusual fatigue, nausea or vomiting, or yellowing of the skin or eyes are experienced after making use of the drug. Use of the steroid may also affect cholesterol and may increase the risk of heart or blood vessel problems (coronary artery disease).
The abuse of Anavar can lead to side effects such as changes in alkaline phosphatase and increases in serum bilirubin, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT, SGPT), inhibition of testicular function, testicular atrophy and oligospermia, impotence, chronic priapism, epididymitis, and bladder irritability. It may also cause acne (especially in females and prepubertal males), retention of serum electrolytes (sodium chloride, potassium, phosphate, and calcium), habituation, excitation, insomnia, depression, and changes in libido. The Schedule III drug should be discontinued immediately if hypercalcemia occurs after stimulation of osteolysis. Indiscriminate use of the steroid may cause suppression of clotting factors II, V, VII, and X, and an increase in prothrombin time. Liver function tests should be obtained on a periodic basis due to the hepatotoxicity associated with the use of 17-alpha-alkylated androgens.
Oxandrolone is best stored at a controlled room temperature of 25°C (77°F) with excursions permitted to 15°–30°C (59°–86°F) to maintain its shelf life; Anavar tablets and injections must be stored in a dark container and protected against heat, moisture, light, sources of ignition, children and pets. In case Anavar is no longer required or expired, the advice of a pharmacist or local waste disposal company on how to safely discard Oxandrolone should always be taken.