Anavar or oxandrolone is a mild anabolic steroid which is often used by bodybuilders to get ready for a competition. Not only does it have very few side effects, when they are displayed, they tend to be very mild. Anavar has been used medically for years to help patients gain weight after surgery, chronic infection, or corticosteroid use.
In addition, it has helped AIDS chemo, and cancer patients recover from wasting syndrome. It has coincidentally also helped increase respiratory capacity and heal cutaneous wounds.
Anavar is a wonder steroid of sorts. It is very effective at helping to preserve lean muscle while boosting metabolism. The result is having a physique that is lean, toned, and cut. Of course, this look is the target of most bodybuilders. It also does not aromatise or cause estrogen release in the body which decreases the chance of water retention or bloat.
In men, this also decreases the chance of developing gynecomastia that often happens with other steroids. Another benefit is that there is not that much of hair loss with use of Anavar. There is a chance of hair loss occurring but its chances are quite small. In women, this happens usually towards the front of the scalp if it happens at all. Anavar is best used during a cutting cycle as it is not a bulking agent. Also its high cost of $2 to $5 a tablet makes it cost prohibitive to use in any other cycle than the cutting cycle.
Women’s Effects From Taking Anavar
Women have great luck using this steroid as the effects are great while side effects are minimal. The usual dosage used is between 5 to 10 mg a day usually divided twice a day. Because of its half-life of 9 hours, it is very effectively dosed twice a day. Sometimes women decide to take a higher dose of 20 mg and do not experience any adverse effect. However, virilisation is most likely to occur at doses exceeding 20 mg a day.
Virilisation is demonstrated by increased hair, deepening of the voice, and clitoral enlargement. The beneficial feature of Anavar in women is that it does not cause bloating or water retention. It just provides effective muscle cutting action resulting in a beautiful, lean, toned, and feminine physique. Women may also stack Anavar with other steroids in order to maximize the effect.
Men’s Effects From Anavar Use
Men have less luck than women with Anavar when preparing for competition. However, it does help men get that lean and toned look when in preparation for a competition. In fact, men often use this in stack with other steroids in order to maximize Anavar’s effect. The drawback is that is not often used as a bulking aid which can make men bodybuilders concerned about its use. It does provide a basis for sculpting a lean and toned muscle machine.
The usual dose for men is 50 to 80 mg with some men opting to go up to 100 mg. However, doses exceeding that are not recommended and cause diminished overall effect. The precaution for men is that, if they have or have had in the past any prostate problems, they must definitely avoid taking Anavar. Again, Anavar must also be used only during an active cutting cycle.
There are a few precautions about Anavar that deserve attention. Although it is considered a mild anabolic steroid, it can cause side effects in doses exceeding its recommended amount. In fact, overuse and abuse of Anavar has caused an increase in liver enzymes and bilirubin. Although it does not cause much liver damage, it is also wise to avoid over indulging in any alcoholic beverages while taking Anavar.
In addition those who have had heart problems in the past such as heart failure, heart attack, angina, and irregular heart rate should also avoid taking this steroid at all costs.
Other Side Effects
Women who are pregnant, want to get pregnant, or are nursing are advised to also not take this at all. Those who have high blood pressure and hypertension are also forewarned to avoid taking Anavar. Anavar is a very effective tool for those who are trying to prepare for competition. However with unbridled use, Anavar may cause many untoward side effects that may take time to undo. If it is used in a responsible manner, it is one of the best and mildest steroids around to use when preparing for preparing for competition.