Anavar, an oral steroid also known as oxandrolone, was first produced in 1964 by Searle. It was designed as an extremely mild anabolic, one that could be safely used as a growth stimulant in young children. Oxandrolone will not aromatize and therefore its mild anabolic effect can actually promote linear growth. Women mostly tolerate this drug well at low doses and it was once prescribed for the treatment of osteoporosis.
Oxandrolone is a mild anabolic with low androgenic activity. It is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and as this should make it a more androgenic steroid, it creates a steroid that is less androgenic because it is already “5-alpha reduced”. This means it lacks the capacity to interact with the 5-alpha reductase enzyme and convert to a more potent “dihydro" form of itself.
Amongst bodybuilders it is most commonly used during cutting cycles and when water retention is counterproductive.
The dosage for men is in the range of 20-50mg per day. Oxandrolone can be combined with the likes of Primobolan and Winstrol to craft a harder and significantly more defined look without added side-effect of excess water retention. Oxandrolone is well tolerated by Woman with dosages of 5 – 15 mg/day.
It’s been used to successfully combat AIDS and other wasting diseases.
Acne: With high dosages yes
Water retention: Rarely
High blood pressure: Rarely
Liver toxic: Yes
Aromatization: None whatsoever
DHT Conversion: Low
Decreased HPTA function: Dosage dependant
Active life: Less than 8 - 12 hours
Drug class: Highly anabolic / androgenic steroid
Average dose: Men 20 – 50 mg/day, Woman 5 – 15 mg/day