Oxandrolone or Anavar is an anabolic steroid that is widely used not only among bodybuilders, but in the medical community as well. It was first introduced in 1964 by Searle Laboratories which is now known as Pfizer. It is derived from dihydrotestosterone or DHT. In terms of medical conditions, it is frequently used to reverse wasting symptoms in AIDS patients, chemo patients, and the elderly.
In addition, it has been used to treat bone pain in patients with osteoporosis as well. Other uses include its use an aid to help patients regain weight after bouts of chronic infections, prolonged corticosteroid use, or after surgery. It is usually dosed from 2.5 mg to 20 mg for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. There have also been cases where it has been used for up to 3 months. Other important effects of Anavar include increasing respiratory capacity and healing of cutaneous wounds.
The Benefits of Anavar Use
In the bodybuilding community, Anavar is popular because it is considered a weak though highly effective steroid, especially for cutting. Cutting is a term that is used to mean a process of leaning out and bulking up while preparing for competitions. It is usually used for cycles of 4 to 6 weeks and its benefits include a reduction in visceral and abdominal fat in bodybuilders preparing for competition.
It is generally considered a safe steroid in that negative effects are rarely seen unless doses exceeding the recommended range are observed. Anavar has a low potential for androgenic effects such as water retention.
Anavar’s Use in Stacking
Anavar is also used in combination with other steroids in order to achieve maximal physical results in a practice known as stacking. The main advantage of Anavar is that it does not suppress testosterone. In other steroids, testosterone suppression can be observed. Another advantage is that is metabolized by the kidney and not the liver. It is then thus suited to be used by more people as there is less chance of drug interactions and liver injury. Another positive benefit of using Anavar is that doses of 30 mg used by the average male bodybuilder has been shown to increase athletic performance.
The Drawbacks of Anavar Use
Just as there are many benefits and advantages of using Anavar, there are drawbacks as well. In general, it should not be used by those who have a history of heart conditions such as chest pain, heart failure, heart rhythm abnormalities, and those who have suffered heart attacks. In addition, women who are pregnant, nursing, or looking to become pregnant should not use Anavar. It is not recommended for children or for those who have kidney or liver injury, high cholesterol, or hypertension.
Other downsides to Anavar use include a possibility of hair loss which is especially of concern to those who are predisposed to male pattern baldness. In addition, there is always a probability of developing acne with use, especially on the back or shoulders. This can be mediated by taking extra showers and using acne treatments on the problem areas up until the day of competition. Women who exceed the recommended dose of 20 mg can experience virilising side effects such as deepening of voice, increased hair growth, and an enlarged clitoral area. Some ladies have also reported hair loss at the front of the scalp. However, the hair loss has usually been observed to be mild.
Additional Drawbacks of Using Anavar
Anavar is not usually used for bulking or gaining in preparation for a competition. Rather, it is more used to preserve muscle and metabolism. Although it does have an effect on the liver, the effects are usually very mild. However, it is recommended not to drink in excess while using Anavar. In addition, its use may lead to an increase in liver enzymes as well as serum bilirubin. Another big concern of the steroid is its high cost which is between $2 and $5 a tablet, which may be cost prohibitive to most bodybuilders during competitive active cutting cycles. In fact, it may be downright cost prohibitive to use Anavar altogether.
Another drawback is that it may cause either an increase or decrease in sexual interest. In males, Anavar may lead to prostate enlargement. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that those with enlarged prostates avoid taking Anavar altogether.