- Also Known As: Oxandrolone, Var, Oxandrin
- Used For: Cutting
- Method of Ingestion: Oral
- Half Life: 9 Hours
A Brief History
Anavar was first produced in 1964 as a mild anabolic steroid that could be used with women and children. The drug was prescribed to promote muscle regrowth in disorders which cause involuntary weight loss. Later it was used as part of a treament for HIV/AIDS and has been shown to be successful in treating osteoporosis. In 1989 due partly to bad publicity from bodybuilding abuse it was discontinued by Searle laboratories until it was picked up in 1995 by Savient Pharmaceuticals who released it as Oxandrin. It has proven to be effective for alcoholic hepatitis, turner syndrome, protein catabolism and anaemia.
Anavar is a super popular cutting steroid because of its unique properties. It is the most mild oral steroid for your liver, does not aromitize so you don’t have to worry about gyno and bloating and has a minimal effect on your natural testoterone production. But its not the lack of side effects that make it great for cutting, it has strong muscle preservation and muscle repair properties allowing you to keep your muscle mass on a calorie deficient diet and maintain high levels of training. It also has mild fat burning properties. It can be used to bulk but generally its effects do not stack up against other steroids such as tren and Dbol.
How To Use
Because of its short half-life it is recommended your dosages to be split up per day. Its also best to be taken with food to avoid any stomach irritation. A course of Anavar should not exceed 8 weeks even though its very safe on the liver. You should take a liver supplement with it as well such as milk thistle or liv-52.
Men should take at least 40/mg day to see any effects but 80/mg day is a recommended dosage. Anything over 100mg is probably just overkill. It is popularly stacked with Test Prop (shorter esther than Test E) because even though it has less effect on natural testosterone production it does have some effect and testosterone helps build muscle and burn fat as well. Another popular steroid to stack is Primo as it has shown to be a good muscle builder on a low calorie diet and has a number of properties that work well with anavar (low side effects, increase libido and doesn’t aromitise). You can also stack with Tren, Masteron, Equipoise and Winstrol.
Women should take 5-20mg day with 20mg the absolute maximum that should be taken. Most women will get excellent results from just 10mg day. It should be split into 2 dosages per day because of the short half-life with one taken in the morning and the the second in the evening. Anavar is hugely popular with women because it avoids the unwanted virilization effects of other steroids as long as dosage remains under 20mg/day. An anavar cycle should not exceed 8 weeks for a women with 6 weeks being a popular cycle length and women should avoid stacking with other steroids.
- Blood Pressure
- Mild appetite suppressant
- Lower Libido
Anavar is probably the most mild of all anabolic steroids and whilst side effects are real, they are usually so mild that they go unnoticed. Even on your liver Anavar is very mild despite being a 17aa compound, (meaning that it´s been altered to first pass through your liver without being destroyed). On prolonged cycles it will raise your liver enzymes but they will return to normal post cycle. Most other side effects can be countered with OTC drugs or good habits like keeping your skin clean. If you do suffer a lower libido you can stack with Test or just wait till post cycle to get it back.
It is debated whether you need PCT for Anavar if taken by itself. However it is best to err on the side of caution and because there is a mild suppressive effect with Anavar your post cycle should consist of Nolva or Clomid. I would PCT half as long as the cycle so for 6 week cycle PCT for 3 weeks and for an 8 week cycle PCT for 4 weeks. A typical PCT could look like:
Week 1-2: Nolva 40mg/Day
Week 3-4: Nolva 20mg/Day