What is Anavar?
Oxandrolone was first introduced in the early 1960’s under the trade name Anavar by GD Searle & co. and was promoted as carrying numerous therapeutic qualities. Shortly after its first appearance, it nearly nearly disappeared entirely in 1989 due to FDA pressure and control of the steroid market. It reappeared in 1995 and now remains one of the most common and popular oral anabolic steroids due to its widely-tolerated nature among both men and women, with little to no side effects. It is primarily prescribed to prevent frailty and loss of muscle mass due to aging, surgery, infection, trauma, and other catabolic clinical disorders. It has also been proved effective in treating prolonged exposure to corticosteroids and osteoporosis by the promotion of bone density. It carries a high anabolic rating (322-630), indicating it is 3-6x stronger than testosterone, however, it does not directly translate to that for muscle building properties in the real world. If you are looking for massive gains for a bulking cycle, Anavar will not cut it. It is actually considered one of the weaker bulking steroids, making it an excellent choice for women. It is more commonly used among both male and female athletes during a cutting cycle due to its excellent ability to burn fat while preserving lean muscle tissue.
Oxandrolone is a structurally altered form of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) at two positions – carbon-2 and carbon-17. The C2 in the A-ring is replaced by an oxygen atom, resulting in an increase in the hormone’s anabolic activity. This alteration also prevents it from being broken down metabolically. The C17 has the addition of a methyl group, allowing the hormone to be ingested orally. Anavar is toxic to the liver, however, at low doses, liver enzymes typically do not increase significantly. Anavar also does not get aromatized into estrogen, and doses not carry any estrogenic related side effects such as gynecomastia or water retention.
Some of the many benefits of Anavar include:
- Lasting lean muscle growth
- Zero water retention
- Ability to preserve lean muscle tissue while burning fat
- Increased strength, speed, and power
- Enhanced recovery and endurance
- Enhanced muscular and cardiovascular endurance
- Directly promotes lipolysis
- Enhances metabolic rate
- Increased red blood cell count and nitrogen retention in the muscle
What is the recommended dosage?
The most common therapeutic treatment dose falls in the range of 5-20mg per day for a maximum of 8 weeks. For the male performance enhancing athlete, 40-80mg/day is common with a cycle lasting 6-8 weeks. For females, regardless of the purpose, it is recommended that a dosage of 5-10mg/day with a maximum of 15mg/day is obtained, with a cycle lasting 6-8 weeks.
What does Anavar stack well with?
Anavar is one of the most universal steroids and stacks with just about any injectable steroid. It can be a great addition for bulking, mass gains, and cutting, depending on what you stack it with.
Male stacks: Most commonly stacked with any variety of Testosterone or Masteron.
Female stack: Most commonly stacked with Winstrol, Primobolan, Clenbuterol, and T3.