Anavar: A Complete Guide on How to Use This Steroid in 2019


Anavar is an anabolic androgenic steroid and the brand name for Oxandrolone or Oxandrin Another brand name is Oxandrin. It is primarily taken to regain weight or to facilitate weight gain in different situations. People may suffer weight loss due to a prevailing health condition or after a treatment. Medication-induced weight loss often warrants controlled weight gain. Anavar can inhibit protein catabolism that is often caused after prolonged corticosteroid therapy. Anavar is also used to assist recovery after suffering serious burns, to ease the pain in bones caused by osteoporosis and to facilitate the growth of girls having Turner syndrome.


Anavar is an oral drug and supplement. It is often prescribed by doctors for specific conditions. It is taken by bodybuilders and athletes or fitness enthusiasts as a supplement for bulking up. Anavar has many names, including Var, NSC-67068, CB-8075, SC-11585, 17α-Methyl-2-oxa-4,5α-dihydrotestosterone, 17α-Methyl-2-oxa-5α-androstan-17β-ol-3-one, Protivar and 17α-Methyl-2-oxa-DHT. It is listed in Schedule III in the United States and Schedule IV in Canada. Anavar has high bioavailability. It is metabolized by the kidneys and the liver also plays a part. The half-life of the steroid is around ten hours. The half-life for elderly people is around thirteen hours. The chemical formula of the steroid is C19H30O3 and its molar mass is 306.446 g/mol.

Oxandrolone was developed in 1962. It was used medicinally in 1964. The drug is almost always prescribed by doctors. The over-the-counter alternatives are mostly supplements. The supplement is popular for its effects on performance and physical development. Anavar oral is FDA approved but many countries have restricted its use. Anavar is used to treat symptoms of osteoporosis, to help with weight gain after physical trauma and some surgeries, to cure the chronic infection and to counter unexplained weight loss. Anavar is also used to prevent muscle wasting suffered by AIDS patients. Anavar may also be recommended to treat idiopathic short stature, hereditary angioedema, anemia, hypogonadism, and alcoholic hepatitis. Bodybuilders use Anavar during bulking up. The steroid has more anabolic effects than androgenic effects. Hence, it is often used by women too.


Anavar actually works for men, women, children and elderly who wish to gain weight or prevented undesirable weight loss. It has been proven to be effective to a curative extent in many medical conditions. Anavar helps with recovery after surgery, trauma and chronic infection. The anabolic steroid can alleviate pain in the bones. It does not prevent bone loss caused by osteoporosis but makes the condition much more bearable.


The medical and nonmedical uses of Anavar are quite different. Prescribed Anavar should be taken as per the instructions of the doctor. The drug is usually recommended to be taken two to four times every day but this is not a rule. The drug is often prescribed with milk or food for those who experience stomach upset. The dosage is always determined by the condition that is being treated and the overall health, age, and gender of the person. The standard dosage is 2.5mg to 20mg per day. The average dose is 5mg to 10mg per day. The course of Anavar is usually two to four weeks. Some cases demand prolonged use for a period of up to three months.

Nonmedical use of Anavar is different. It should be used before and during the bulking up phase. There should be a cycle and subsequently a post cycle therapy. The dosage of Anavar for bodybuilders and athletes varies depending on familiarity and tolerance. Beginners should start with 15mg to 25mg per day. Intermediate dosage may be 20mg to 80mg per day. Beginners who progress to the second or third week may increase the dose up to 50mg per day. It is better not to exceed 50mg. Intermediate users should not increase their dosage beyond 100mg per day. Even advanced users are recommended to start with 80mg per day and keep a cap at 100mg per day.

Women bodybuilders and athletes should opt for a much lower dose. Around 10mg per day is deemed effective enough for beginners. The dose may be increased based on the outcome and experience of side effects or the lack of it. Women users should not go for doses anywhere close to 50mg per day. The cycle should be four weeks long at least. The maximum is six weeks.

Anavar can be stacked with other anabolic steroids such as Anadrol, Deca Durabolin, Dianabol & Clenbuterol. Be aware of the side effects when stacking and


Anavar can have serious side effects if abused. Overdosing should be avoided at all times. When taken in low or recommended doses, Anavar can have moderate side effects but they are not universal. Users may experience a headache, nausea, and vomiting. Changes to the skin color, changes in libido, excessive oil secretion by the sebaceous glands in the skin, transient or temporary hair loss and acne breakout are reported side effects. All these side effects usually subside naturally. If they get severe then one must stop taking the steroid, as a drug or supplement, and consult a doctor.

There are some uncommon side effects of Anavar such as :

  • mood swings
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • aggression
  • Sleeping problems

Other severe side effects can include :

  • Fertility problems
  • Man boobs
  • Acne
  • Liver toxicity
  • Oily skin

Men may experience tenderness or swelling in their breasts, prolonged or frequent erections, and some sensation while urinating. There is an effect on sperm count and quality. The effect on fertility is temporary unless the steroid is used for a prolonged period of time and in very high doses. The effects are still reversible in most cases of overdosing and abuse.

Female users may experience hoarseness and the voice may deepen, excessive hair growth on face and body, irregular menstruation and enlarged clitoris. The steroid leads to edema, a state when the body retains water. This may lead to a sense of bloating. This is not unusual but excessive bloating is a concern. Women users who experience swollen feet or ankles, breathlessness, unusual fatigue, and excessive weight gain should consult a doctor. Anavar may interact with other medicines or supplements. Stacking with other steroids is not unusual but it should be done in an informed manner. The dosage should be altered during stacking.

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