Anavar (or simply “var”) is the common name for the steroid Oxandrolone, which in its clinical setting is primarily used to promote muscle growth in patients with muscle wasting disorders. Due to its unique properties Anavar is a highly desired oral steroid for bodybuilders and athletes, although its relatively high cost often limits its use for those with slightly deeper pockets.
First developed in the 1960s, Anavar was the trademarked name for the drug Oxandrolone and is still known by that name amongst PED (performance enhancing drug) users. Due to its popularity, Anavar is produced by a number of underground labs in various dosed tablets, typically between 10mg - 50mg. So, in short, what makes Anavar such a prized choice amongst the various oral steroids available? It’s non-aromatising and has very low androgenic activity making side effects much less likely whilst its moderate anabolic properties delivers slow but steady, quality gains.
Anavar is an oral steroid produced by a number of reputable underground labs. Depending on the lab you choose, tablets are typically dosed anywhere between 10mg to 50mg. The half-life for Anavar is around 12 hours, so ideally we would aim to take two or three evenly spaced doses throughout the day to produce stable concentrations.
A typical Anavar cycle would be 50-80mg per day for six to eight weeks. Those new to PEDs would usually opt for the lower end, with 50mg per day often proving a fruitful dose for producing decent results whilst minimising side effects for those trying their first cycle. Higher doses - say 80mg per day – will usually spur greater muscle gain, but it may be wise to save such a higher dose for subsequent cycles when the user is more experienced and has a better understanding of their tolerance and proneness to any side effects.
Consuming the tablets with a meal is often a good idea to minimise stomach upsets, so for someone on a 50mg cycle it may be wise to take one 25mg dose at breakfast and another 25mg during the evening meal.
As Anavar does not aromatise we have a steroid which will typically not produce the sort of water retention that is common with other oral steroids which do convert to oestrogen, such as Dianabol. As such, other oestrogen related side effects are also unlikely to be an issue, such as Gynecomastia (the formation of breast tissue, which often begins with sore, itchy or puffy looking nipples).
Anavar also rates low when it comes to androgenic activity. This is welcomed news for those who may be prone to androgenic side effects such as oily skin, acne, baldness and aggressiveness.
So, as has been noted, Anavar is considered a fairly safe steroid, possessing qualities which commonly produce low side effects. The trade-off when it comes to Anavar is the muscle gain you’ll likely experience during and after the cycle. Gains will be limited and typically less than you’d expect to see from a Dianabol cycle. However, what you will notice is quality gains without subcutaneous fluid build-up which are much easier to keep once your post cycle therapy is complete. It’s fair to say Anavar would also be the safer choice for those who know they are prone to either androgenic or oestrogenic side effects.
Anavar is a 17alpha alkylated oral, so care must be taken when it comes to both the dose and duration of your cycle due to the negative impact the drug can have on the liver. Anavar is considered less harsh on the liver compared to many other oral steroids, but being prudent (avoiding other liver toxic substances or not using the drug at all if you have liver issues) and seeking out supplements (milk thistle, Liv 52 and ALA) which aid with protecting liver health would be wise.
Remember, post cycle therapy after your cycle is also a must.
Given its qualities, Anavar is a very popular oral to stack with other compounds. The benefit is obvious; add to the overall anabolic properties of the cycle whilst minimising any additional androgenic or osteogenic side effects.
When stacked with trenbolone we have two non-aromatising steroids ideal for a cutting cycle due to no fluid retention, whilst the high androgenic properties of trenbolone will produce a highly desirable hard and defined appearance to the physique.
With primobolon we have a steroid which is quite similar to Anavar, being both non-aromatising and possessing low androgenic characteristics. This cycle is highly praised by users who are prone to side effects, but get to enjoy the high anabolic properties from the combined drugs which will produce quality gains over a typical ten to twelve week cycle (the Anavar is usually used for the first eight weeks as a “front-loader” and then ceased).