Anavar has often been called a weak steroid. Part of the reason for this
is that use of a Class I steroid alone never is maximally
effective. The other cause is that bodybuilders and authors in the
field sometimes make unfortunate and unreasonable comparisons when
judginganabolic steroids. If say 8 tablets per day does little, then a drug is pronounced
useless or weak. And traditionally, oxandrolone was available in 2.5 mg Anavar tablets, proving only 20 mg daily
with such usage, which totals to only 140 mg/week. For comparison,
testosterone at that dose also gives little results. Indeed, few
anabolic steroids give dramatic results at that dose, but they are not called weak on
that account. The proper conclusion is that such Anavar tablets
were individually weak, but not that the drug lacks potency.
As higher-dose Anavar tablets have become available, the
oxandrolone’s reputation has improved. However, it still is not a
particularly cost-effective Class I steroid, and if used alone
cannot match the performance of a good stack.
Pharmacologically, it has been found that oxandrolone binds weakly
to the androgen receptor. This seems inconsistent with the Class I
/ Class II system, but it is what has been found. Perhaps it is the
case that what occurs in the body is not the same as occurs in in
vitro study, or perhaps there is another interesting phenomenon
From the practical standpoint, however, oxandrolone’s stacking
behavior requires that it be classified as a Class I steroid: it
combines synergistically with those categorized as Class II, but
only additively with Class I compounds. From the practical
standpoint, it is a rather potent drug – that is to say, it has
good effectiveness per milligram. Stacked with a Class II steroid,
Anavar is quite effective at only 75 mg/day, or even 50.
Anavar / Oxandrolone Application:
Among bodybuilders Anavar is most commonly used during cutting
phases of training when water retention is a concern. The standard
dosage for men is in the range of 20-50mg per day, a level that
should produce noticeable results.
Oxandrolone can be further combined with anabolics like Primobolan
and Winstrol to elicit a harder, more defined look without added
water retention. Such combinations are very popular and can
dramatically enhance the showphysique. One can also add strong
non-aromatizing androgens like Halotestin, Proviron or trenbolone.
Most men who plan proper Anavar dosages for their cutting cycles
will find they have picked the best time to supplement with this
hormone. For this purpose most men will need 50mg per day, with
80mg per day, although very expensive far more effective. Some men
will find Anavar dosages of a 30mg per day range to be all they
really want and while this will give them a boost it will be mild;
very mild, as the Oxandrolone hormone is a very mild steroid to
begin with. Regardless of your total Anavar dosages most men will
find this steroid to be most effective at the tail-end of a cutting
cycle, generally 6-8 weeks of total Oxandrolone use will suffice.
Anavar / Oxandrolone Half Life
Anavar does not aromatize or convert to DHT, and has an 8 hour half-life. Thus, a moderate dose taken in the
morning is largely out of the system by night, yet supplies
reasonable levels of androgen during the day and early evening.
One study found oxandrolone to be superior to testosterone and to Deca (nandrolone) for reducing abdominal fat in men, or at least in obese older men
at the specific low doses studied, which were not necessarily
equipotent. From this, some have made broad generalizations to
bodybuilding. However, this does not necessarily carry over to
anabolic steroid cycles at doses commonly used in bodybuilding. In
the case of the study in question, I expect the difference in
outcomes was dose-related.
In practice, at total androgen doses typically used, one can cut
just as effectively without oxandrolone as with, given any of
various possible substitutions for the oxandrolone. This is not to
say this drug is ineffective, but rather that other androgens
including testosterone are also effective at high dose for
abdominal fat loss.
In the case of low-dose use however, I do think it is a correct
conclusion that for most, low dose Anavar use is more effective for
cutting than equal dosages of most other anabolic steroids. This may be partly or entirely from additive effect with natural
testosterone: such oxandrolone use may not suppress such its
production, the user may enjoy both the full effect of his natural
testosterone and the effect of the oxandrolone. In contrast,
low-dose testosterone or nandrolone use results in substantial suppression of natural testosterone, and
so there is less total effect.
Oxandrolone, as with other 17-alkylated steroids, is hepatotoxic.
At one time it was thought that it is not, but both clinical and
practical experience with Oxandrin has shown that liver toxicity
can indeed be an issue with prolonged use. I believe the usual
principle of limiting 17-alkylated use to 6 weeks at a time should
be applied when oxandrolone is used, just as with any alkylated
Trenbolone or Primobolan are suitable substitutes for Anavar, without the liver toxicity
issues. As a substitute, Primobolan shares the property of being low-suppressive, while trenbolone does
An interesting application of the drug that takes advantage of its
oral administration is use as a morning-only bridging agent between
cycles, which in my opinion should be done – if done – only after
fully recovering normal testosterone production from the last
cycle. At least 20 mg is usually acceptable in this application.
Ideally, testosterone levels will be measured to monitor such
bridging. A factor limiting to such bridging is the liver toxicity
With regard to use by women, while there is a common belief that
Anavar is minimally virilizing to female, in fact virilization is
not unusual at 20 mg/day and can occur at considerably lower doses
than that. Even 5 mg/day is not side-effect-free for all.
During a cycle, oxandrolone is not particularly recommended because
there are more cost-efficient choices that will fully accomplish
the same goals and do not add to liver toxicity.
The two best uses for Anavar are in optional bridging periods
between cycles, if such are employed, while keeping care to avoid
excessive duration of continuous 17-alkylated use; and, if
short-acting injectables are not available, to supplement cycles as
levels fall between the time of last injection and the start of
post-cycle therapy so that that time period can remain effective
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