Anavar is an anabolic steroid, taken orally, which also goes by the names Oxandrolone, Var, Lipidex, Antitriol, Anatrophill, Protivar, Oxandrin and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
It is generally regarded as one of the safest anabolic steroids, not just for men, but also for women. The reason it is considered safe for women is because it is only mildly androgenic.
It is also significantly less toxic to the liver than other anabolic steroids so that users of both sexes experience little elevation in liver enzymes.
In the UK, Anavar is a controlled drug, which means it is illegal to supply it to others although possession for personal use is not unlawful. It is detectable and should be avoided by competitive athletes. Despite the restrictions, Anavar is widely available via large numbers of internet sites, though it is an expensive option.
The active ingredient in Anavar is Oxandrolone; others include lactose, magnesium stearate, cornstarch and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose.
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The history of Anavar (oxandrolone)
First produced as long ago as 1964 by Searle Laboratories, Anavar was initially used to treat conditions such as muscle wasting and rapid weight loss, to increase bone density in osteoporosis patients and, most recently, as a treatment for AIDS.
The original manufacturer was taken over by Pfizer in 2003. Anavar was not historically considered a particularly useful steroid by body-builders on the basis that it was ‘weak’. At that time it was available only in 2.5mg tablets. At eight tablets, or 20mg per day, or 140mg each week, Anavar did not produce dramatic results.
In recent years higher dosage Anavar tablets have become available and the normal daily dosage for men is between 50mg and 80mg. Women tend to find that between 10mg and 20mg is the appropriate daily dosage.
As Anavar became available in higher dosages, so its reputation as an effective steroid grew. Anavar was discontinued in 1989, but was reintroduced in the wake of the spreading AIDS epidemic.
What are the benefits and expected results of Anavar?
A huge advantage of Anavar over other oral steroids is its low liver toxicity and the fact that fewer and milder side effects are experienced by users.
Its alpha-alkylation means that Anavar can survive both oral digestion and passage through the liver, enabling it to enter the blood stream.
It has also been described as a ‘fat-burning steroid’ because research studies have shown reductions in both abdominal and visceral fat, yet weight gains are demonstrated to be fairly permanent.
These properties can be hugely beneficial for athletes. For those who use Anavar in cycles, fat can be lost whilst taking it, and that fat loss will be maintained until the next Anavar cycle begins. It is not effective for bulking or significant weight gain, but relatively small gains in weight will also be maintained, with increased muscle mass making it a good choice for increasing strength.
Whilst other steroids produce more rapid weight gains, largely through fluid retention, those gains are soon lost once the cycle ends; with Anavar results are more permanent. By increasing protein synthesis and muscle mass, and by decreasing fat, Anavar certainly possesses performance enhancing properties.
Anavar is also said to be gentle in terms of hypothalamic-testicular-pituitary-axis (HTPA) and is not thought to suppress testosterone or other natural hormones. The steroid has an active life of 8-12 hours and can be detected for up to three weeks after discontinuation, see more here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxandrolone
Potential Anavar side effects
Anavar can cause side effects, some serious, and the chances of adverse effects are multiplied where the drug is taken without medical advice or is purchased from an unreliable source. Some users experience:
- gastrointestinal disturbances
- mood swings
Anavar side effects and abuse has led to tachycardia, myocardial infarction, breathing difficulties and stroke. In a small number of users Anavar has caused infertility or reduced sperm count and shrinkage of the testicles, as well as increasing the risk of breast and prostate cancer.
It is also reported to produce mild libido suppression in some users. The side effects that can be caused by other anabolic steroids – reduced hormone levels, abnormal liver function, baldness, cardiovascular and neurological problems – are less likely with Anavar, providing it is used sensibly. Liver toxicity may become an issue with prolonged use.
Anavar should not be taken by those suffering from glaucoma, ischaemic heart disease, hyperthyroidism, tachycardia, heart or thyroid disease, diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure or prostate hypertrophy.
Female users must avoid taking Anavar during pregnancy or breast feeding, and should avoid high dosages, which may cause masculinisation, read more – http://www.webmd.com/drugs/drug-53226-Anavar+Oral.aspx?drugid=53226&
Typcial Anavar Dosage and cycles
The best advice for athletes considering an Anavar only cycle is to take it for no more than six weeks at around 50mg per day, with eight weeks an absolute maximum.
This advice applies to the use of any alkylated oral steroid. Typical Anavar dosage is 50mg but some users suggest anywhere between 40-80mg each day is ideal.
Due to the short half life of the drug, a 50mg dose is usually split into an AM and PM serving, 12 hours apart. As with other anabolic steroids, the body builds up tolerance to Anavar with continued use, and both fat loss and muscle gain will slow after several weeks. At that point users have a choice: either stop taking it, or increase the dosage to continue the gains.
Some athletes find Anavar to be particularly useful, taken only in the morning, as a bridging agent between cycles once normal testosterone levels have been re-established.
Although often described as ‘female friendly’, women must avoid increasing Anavar dosage since masculinisation is common, even at doses of 20mg a day. Anavar has also been widely described as a ‘weak’ steroid. It is not, and if used, should be treated with both caution and respect.
Anavar for sale online – the best place to buy Anavar in the USA?
Unless you have a prescription for Anavar, getting hold of some is likely to be difficult, and may break certain laws depending on where on the globe you are buying it from. Some countries allow you to buy Anavar in a small amount for personal use from countries where it is freely available. The UK for instance, allows you to possess a 6 month supply without breaking the law – selling it on however will put you on the wrong side of the law.
Is there any alternative to this? – Where to buy a legal Anavar alternative
Due to the popularity of Anavar as a body building drug, various supplement manufacturers have created legal alternatives which promise to significantly boost testosterone and encourage lean muscle mass without containing any actual steroid trace.
According to a number of respected forums, Paravar is every bit as good as the steroid itself, but thanks to the natural formula does not cause any problem with liver toxicity, and can be purchased by anyone in almost all countries without restriction.
A recommended cycle would be one tablet twice per day (as with Anavar) and should be used for up to 8 weeks with a 2 week off peroid.