Anavar (Oxandrolone)

Anavar (Oxandrolone)

Anavar is a mild anabolic steroid that has become very popular amongst people looking to build lean muscle mass, burn fat or increase their strength. This article will explain what Anavar is, the side effects and its properties.

What is Anavar

Anavar is the trade name for the anabolic steroid compound Oxandrolone. It is a steroid that is derived from DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) and possesses an anabolic rating of 322 – 630 and an androgenic rating of 24. Due to this high anabolic rating and low androgenic rating, the side effects related to Anavar usage are typically far less than when compared to other anabolic steroids which makes Anavar a popular choice for people new to steroids as well as for females.

History of Anavar

Oxandrolone was first released in the 1960’s by G.D Searle & Co (today known as Pfizer Inc) under the trade name Oxandrolone. Anavar was created to provide many medical benefits ranging from weight gain to helping people with osteoporosis. It was often referred to as the perfect steroid, due to the many therapeutic benefits associated with it and the low amount of side effects. As with Dianabol, Anavar was ultimately discontinued in 1989 mainly due to pressure applied by the FDA onto G.D Searle & Co. The discontinuation of Avavar by Searle led to most Oxandrolone products around the world disappearing. It wasn’t until 1995 where a company by the name of Bio-Technology General CORP (today known as Savient) started to produce Oxandrolone again under the trade name Oxandrin. Due to Bio-Technology General CORP being the only producer of Anavar at the time, they were able to charge whatever they wanted for it which made Anavar extremely expensive and unaffordable for many people.

Properties of Anavar

Simply put, Anavar is DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) that has been structurally altered in the A-ring by replacing carbon-2 with an oxygen atom. It has also been changed at the 17th carbon with an added methyl group to allow it to be taken orally and released into the bloodstream without being destroyed by the liver. Being a derivate of DHT, Anavar possesses any estrogenic or progestogenic activity. Which is the main reason why anavar is one of the most popular steroid choices for a cutting cycle. Weight gain associated with Anavar is minimal, making it very popular for athletes looking to add more strength without gaining too much weight.

Anavar Side Effects

As previously mentioned one of the main reasons Anavar is so popular is due to the risk of side effects being so low when using this compound. It contains no estrogenic side effects, so the risk of estrogen related side effects such as gynecomastia and water retention is almost zero unless Anavar is used in a cycle with other steroids that aromatize such as testosterone propionate. While most users won’t have to worry about many side effects when using Anavar, more sensitive users may experience some side effects such as ance, an increase in hair growth, enlarged prostate and male pattern baldness.

Many people believe that a PCT is not needed when using Anavar alone since Anavar only mildly shuts down Testosterone production. However this has proven to be false, and Anavar does, in fact, suppress natural Testosterone levels by up to 40% from a dosage as low as 15mg per a day.

Since Anavar is a C17-aa anabolic, it can put unwanted strain on the liver, especially at higher dosages. To help avoid any issues with the liver, never take Anavar for prolonged periods of time or at high dosages and make sure to stay away from alcohol and to drink plenty of water.

Using Anavar


Anavar is usually used alone or in a cutting cycle with other anabolic steroids. When a person tries to lose unwanted fat they need to start consuming fewer calories than what they burn in a day, the problem of being on a calorie restricted diet is that muscle loss almost always occurs. To prevent muscle loss, most bodybuilders will start a cutting cycle alongside the diet. Anavar has shown to be extremely effective at reducing the loss of muscle and strength when on a caloric deficit diet mainly due to its high anabolic rating.

When stacked with other anabolic steroids, Anavar is commonly used with other popular cutting steroids such as Testosterone Propionate, Trenbolone, Masteron, Equipoise, and Primobolan.


Anavar is not the most effective anabolic steroid when it comes to building lots of muscle mass. However, people who are very sensitive to the side effects of steroids such as Dianabol will often choose to use Anavar at the beginning of their cycle. Although not being very effective at building lots of muscle mass, Anavar is still able to build muscle, just not as well as stronger anabolic steroids.

Females and Anavar

Although the use of anabolic steroids in females is very risky, Anavar is one of the few steroids that many women use with few side effects. Women are much more sensitive to Anavar than what males are and can see incredible results at very low dosages.

Anavar Administration

The dosage of Anavar can vary quite a lot depending on the user’s goals. To help maintain muscle when on a cutting cycle a typical dosage for males would be around 30-40mg a day and 5mg for females for about six weeks. For building muscle mass, a dosage of 50-60mg and 5-10mg for both men and females respectively is commonly used. Females should take caution when using Anavar as the risk of virilization, especially at high dosages.

Anavar should be split up into two doses due to its short half-life of around 9 to 10 hours. Splitting up the dosage will help keep blood levels steady throughout the day.

Buying Anavar

As with all anabolic steroids, the easiest way to buy Anavar is online. Due to pharmaceutical grade Anavar being hard to obtain and also being very expensive, most bodybuilders and athletes opt for Anavar produced by underground labs. The advantage of Anavar produced by underground labs is that it is easy to get ahold of and relatively cheap when compared to what pharmaceutical companies charge. Anavar is, however, one of the most expensive steroids in existence, so expect to pay a lot more for Anavar than you generally would for other steroids.


Disclaimer: This article is for entertainment purposes only. We do not condone or recommend the use of harmful substances. Steroids are dangerous drugs and should not be used by anyone without a valid doctors prescription.

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