Anavar is considered a mild steroid which is used for medicinal purposes in order to help patients gain weight after surgery, chronic infection, and after prolonged bouts of corticosteroid use. In addition, it is used to treat AIDS, cancer, and chemo patients with wasting syndrome.
It also increases respiratory endurance and heals cutaneous wounds. Soon after Anavar was introduced in 1964 by Searle Labs, the bodybuilding set began to use it to prepare for competitions. In fact, they were blown away by the results and Anavar now has a cult-like following among bodybuilders.
A Superstar is Born
Anavar is a superstar in the bodybuilding world because it causes the retention of lean muscle and boosts metabolism. However, it does not cause muscle bulking and is only used during the cutting cycle. The benefits to using Anavar far outweigh its risks when used correctly. One of the benefits to using Anavar is that it does not aromatize and cause estrogen to be released in the body, thereby eliminating water retention and bloating.
It also does not cause gynecomastia, the enlargement of breast tissue, in men as other steroids do. This is especially important for male bodybuilders looking to cultivate a lean and mean physique without unwanted breast enlargement. In fact, being a bodybuilder itself may cause a protrusion of breast tissue due to the build-up of muscle in the pectoral region.
The Big B for Benefits
It has been proven that Anavar causes an increase athletic endurance in doses as low as 30 mg. The usual effective dose for women is from 5 to 10 mg a day while it is 50 to 80 mg a day for men. Some men have used Anavar at doses up to 100 mg without any untoward side effects. However, doses above 100 mg are not recommended because it does not result in any added benefits. Women have especially good results with Anavar in that it sculpts a lean, toned figure without the extra bulk or water retention. Women also use Anavar in combination with other steroids such as Primobolan and Winstrol very effectively.
Another big advantage of using Anavar is that it does not cause hair loss like other steroids. Males who have a genetic predisposition to alopecia will find reassurance in the fact that Anavar is not known to commonly cause hair loss. Women experiencing hair loss demonstrate the pattern by a bald spot in the front of the scalp. Anavar does not cause a suppression of testosterone in contrast to other steroids. In fact, it actually works in synergism with testosterone to sculpt a beautifully toned figure that is competition ready.
The other bonus to using Anavar is that it does not cause liver toxicity although competitors in a cutting cycle are advised to still limit alcohol consumption.
Now For the Bad News
Although there are many benefits to using Anavar, there are some precautions that must be highlighted as well. Anavar may cause virilisation in females at doses over 20 mg that usually are displayed by a deepening of the voice, increased body hair, and clitoral enlargement. In fact, using Anavar over the recommended dose over extended cycles may cause an increase in liver enzymes and bilirubin.
Women who are looking to become pregnant are nursing or are looking to become pregnant should not use Anavar. Men with prostate issues such as prostate enlargement should avoid using it altogether.
Those Dreaded Cons
Those who have had a history of heart issues such as chest pain, heart failure, or heart attacks should also avoid taking Anavar. Also, those who have high cholesterol or hypertension should avoid taking it as well. In fact, it is best to undergo a complete physical before taking Anavar.
It may also cause acne on the back and the shoulders which may be lessened by taking frequent showers and using over-the-counter acne medication. Anavar is a steroid that has many benefits and less severe side effects as compared to other steroids. Even given its many positive benefits, it must always be used responsibly and in the correct dosage range. Failure to do so can cause undesired side effects that may take a long time to reverse.
When it is used correctly and responsibly, it can be a valuable aid in helping bodybuilding competitors get in optimal shape.