Sport Pharmaceuticals Oxandrolone (Anavar)
Drug Class: Oral Anabolic Steroid
Pharmaceutical Name: Oxandrolone (OXA)
Brand Name: Anavar
Available Dose: Men 40-60 mg/day……Women 20-30 mg/day
Effective Dose: 40-60 mg/day for men, 20-30 mg/day for women
Active Life: 8-12 hours
Acne: Only in higher doses
Water Retention: Rare
High Blood Pressure: Rare
Liver Toxic: Yes, c17-alfa-alkylated steroid. Due to low doses, toxicity is low to medium.
DHT Conversion: Low
Anavar (Oxandrolone) is a weak steroid with a high price-tag and low availability, but it has a large popularity due to its safety. In sharp contrast to oxymetholone, oxandrolone is quite generally considered to be the safest of all steroids. Oxandrolone effects are more than well-documented and have been for a few decades now. The medical community values oxandrolone as a safe alternative for more harmful steroids, which is why it is considered safe for use in children and even in patients suffering hepa-toxicity as the result of alternate steroid use.
It’s most noted medical use has been in the expediting of wound healing often practically applied to the treatment of burns. But recently its gaining popularity again as a means of keeping weight on HIV-infected patients suffering from wasting due to the immuno-deficiency virus. It was also considered safe for use in prepubescent children with a growth delay. No major harmful effects were noted from this particular therapy, even though one study reported that the use of Anavar did speed up the onset of puberty in these children. Furthermore Anavar (Oxandrolone) has found frequent applications in the treatment of other wasting symptoms for hepatitis and cancer as well as the treatment of osteoporosis in both men and women of all ages.
Oxandrolone was introduced in the year 1964, when Searle came out with the original Anavar. Anavar quickly became the popular drug in the sports crowd for people looking for a safer alternative to the major steroid at the time, Dianabol (methandrostenolone). It remained one of the best-sellers for well over 2 decades until it was indefinitely discontinued in the year 1989. Much to the regret of the recreational bodybuilding and powerlifting community.
The main reasons for the wide-spread use of Anavar in sports is because it is very appealing to female athletes as well as male athletes. It causes little or no virilization properties, demonstrated by its medical uses to treat women. This is rather surprising since Anavar does not aromatize either. It’s the only steroid that is both safe and convenient without producing excess estrogen. That makes it particularly useful when cutting up for a contest or preventing an increase in body-fat due to estrogenic effects. In fact the main use of Anavar to a bodybuilder is in the maintenance of lean mass while reducing body-fat. Anavar (oxandrolone) itself may not actually reduce body-fat, but it too plays a key role in the process. Like most non-aromatizing compounds it has a repressing effect on the appetite making it easier for the user to control cravings and stay strict with his diet.