There are many steroids used by athletes and bodybuilders for enhancing performance and growth. One such steroid is Oxandrolone that goes by the commercially name Anavar. It is an Anabolic Androgenic Steroid (AAS). The chemical compound that makes up the table is called 17-alpha methylated Dihydrotestosterone, one of the many derivatives. Due to the presence of carbon in the 2nd position instead of Oxygen, it is more effective in the oral route and hence more effective. As a prescription drug, it is used in medical treatment of people who are short for unknown reasons, muscle wasting diseases like HIV/AIDS, long use of corticosteroids, anemia, osteoporosis and angioedema. Bodybuilders use it for muscle growth properties but there are some doubts raised due to ignorance.
Effects of Anavar
It is available in tablets of 2.5-5mg for medical purposes and 25-50mg tablets for other uses. One can imagine that for bodybuilding purposes low doses won’t work that efficiently and require high doses. On consumption of the tablets, the first in the liver goes through without much damage and delivers the steroid in the bloodstream. Unlike other AAS, this is agonist to androgen receptors and hence more quantity is available for the anabolic process, ie, thegrowth of cells. Protein synthesis is accelerated in a short while which causes muscles to grow, increases body mass and bone density. The issue arises when low quality or grade Anavar tablets are consumed which is obtained from underground labs or other unauthenticated sources. One can differentiate the genuine from the fake ones by the label or logo imprinted on authentic Anavar pills by the manufacturer. Underground labs have no reputation to protect, unlike genuine manufacturers.
One can imagine, a low dose like 5mg used in medical conditions can bring in good muscle development, what would be the result of taking high doses. The result will be sudden muscle growth which leaves many people wondering. But what would be a high dose that is considered safe? The answer to that question is not clearly known as results vary from one person to another. Factors like nutritious diet, how long workouts lasted, frequency and other genetic factors also play a role in the growth. A normal usage is 30-50mg tablets a day for 8-12 weeks depending on theoutcome. In this period, one can expect about 15-30 lbs weight gain. After a cycle, rest from the drug is recommended. For improving results, it can be stacked with other steroids which might provide dramatic results.
Eventhough the drug is a mild steroid, side effects are known to occur. One should buy original and genuine products where logo or label is imprinted on authentic Anavar pills whereas fake ones might not have this. Topmost among them is the toxicity to the liver. At very high doses, the effects are very high. Users are recommended to take Liv52, an Ayurvedic drug that protects liver or Protein Factory. Although the drug does not aromatize, gynecomastia is known to occur in a few cases. Clomiphene can limit this effect. Women may inherit male characteristics and hence should be taking lower doses only. Men may experience priapism and acne. Consider visiting a medical practitioner should they persist.