Chemical Name: Oxandrolone
Street Name: Anavar
Clinical Use: Anavar was truly made for women and children because it doesn’t stunt the growth of children and doesn’t virilize women. It’s been used quite effectively as a drug to combat osteoporosis in women and actually promote growth in children.
Bodybuilding Use: Anavar is one of those drugs that everyone wants to hoard and hardly anyone wants to part with. It’s not that it’s the kind of drug that anyone could ever get huge on, but it’s a drug that produces the sort of hardness and crispness that bodybuilders could kill for! It’s a great drug for contest prep for this very reason. For those of you who care, it’s a good chick drug because it causes very few instances of virilization, a good thing considering how manly some of these women have become (and that’s just the fitness crowd!).
Okay, so if not much size off of this one, what’s the attraction? Besides having the ability to produce incredible hardness, it also produces great strength gains. Logically, that’s why people take it in a pre-contest cycle. They want to maintain their strength during the diet phase. That’s truly its two greatest advantages. The diet won’t totally beat you into the ground and you’ll be able to maintain your current level of mass during a diet because you’ll still be able to push the heavy weights! Plus, Anavar stacks exceedingly well with other steroids. Stacking Anavar with Winstrol injectable, Test Suspension, Primo (tabs or shots) and maybe a little Proviron and Nolvadex, and you’ve got a winning combination.
Recommended Dose: Anavar is a dream drug for those of you who think that more is more, and sometimes that can get you in trouble. Especially combining that mentality with a drug like Anadrol. Anavar, on the other hand, is something you can take handfuls of and never get enough! It should come in one of those giant M&M bags you get at Costco! Dose? For a respectable bodybuilder of 200-250 pounds, a dose of 50-60mg daily is good. The only downside is, that’s about 20 tabs a day! That can get expensive, but luckily, you neither have to, nor should you, take it for very long. Take it for shorter periods, in higher doses, to get the most bang for your buck. Also, receptor sites tend to burn out quickly with this drug so long cycles are pretty much useless.
A lot of guys take Anavar in between heavy cycles when they start taking HCG or Clomid, in order to prevent joint soreness. This is good in theory, but since Anavar can be so expensive, I don’t think this is the soundest drug to take for long periods or between cycles. Instead, take a light cycle of Deca if you need to keep soreness at bay. Okay, if you’re dead set on it, take a moderate 20-30mg dose to prevent soreness, but make sure you take a good long break before you truly need it next. It will work better that way; trust me.
Side Effects: Side effects with Anavar are tricky. Typically, you won’t get any of the acne or bloat you get with other drugs that are more androgenic. You shouldn’t become hypertensive or feel like dropping a house on someone who pisses you off in traffic either. But unfortunately, because Anavar is 17-alpha alkylated, it’s a drug that is capable of doing some fairly extensive damage to your liver, and unless you get regular checks and blood panels done, you won’t know the extent of the damage.
In general, for this reason, I tell most people to try to avoid 17-alpha alkylated ‘roids, despite some of their more anabolic advantages. I always figure, you may as well get more mass gains while experiencing less risk, and this is just the opposite here. But there is the issue of hardness and damn-it-all if this drug isn’t capable of giving you some of the VERY BEST! I can’t explain it. Add to that the fact that, no-way, no-how does this drug aromatize into estrogen!!! That’s always good news and, to some, worth the necrotic liver!
Price and Availability: Price can be high in most areas because of its (sometimes) scarce availability. It’s not impossible to get, but it’s more cost-prohibitive than some other garden variety ‘roids. Oxandrolone Spa (that’s the best variety) comes in a box of strips that only number 30 total. For that, you’re going to probably pay between $80 and $100 for a box in today’s market. There are also a number of Mexican pharmacies producing it now so availability should be good enough to steer clear of any back-alley products… for now anyway.
Fakes: Lots of fakes here guys! Lots! Anavar is almost as knocked off as D-bol and Deca… well, maybe not that much, but it’s been knocked off a lot. And it appears to have taken in a lot of dummies back in the day who didn’t realize that, at that time, Searle hadn’t made a “football shaped” white Oxandrolone tab for MANY years! I have even seen the familiar purple boxes that Anavar came in, recycled over and over again. I remember one guy who would “showcase” his lousy fakes in the same box, to different customers, and then just keep the box for another “authenticity showing”! Eventually, he had to throw that dog-eared box away because it was beginning to divulge him as a fake!
The most difficult Anavar/Oxandrolone to fake and the best to buy has always been the Oxandrolone Spa from Italy. It’s got to be the best quality for any 2.5mg tab. The American version is also good, but you’ll be lucky to get a real one with the number of fakes floating around of it. Look for numbers on the tab, a score in the center or some other identifying mark.
Masking: Efforts to mask the metabolites of Oxandrolone (Anavar) aren’t really exerted by many since the half-life of this drug is very low (7-10 days). Many people take Anavar up until the last week prior to a competition and then cut it out in time for it to vanish from the system. Some say that the slight amount of water that Anavar will cause the body to hold (usually in muscle bellies, but sometimes representing “spill over”) is the reason they cut it out. But truly, it’s not likely to be found in a urine sample if it’s cut out soon enough. That is, of course, if you started taking it when you had less body fat.
Effectiveness rating: For strength, and bang for the milligram dose, I’d say Anavar is an 8 out of 10. For hardening the physique pre-contest, I’d give Anavar a 10 out of 10. For strength gains or strength maintenance, I’d give Anavar a 9 out of 10, all things considered. It ain’t Anadrol, but then again, it does the trick pre-contest. For mass building, however, I’d give Anavar a 4 or 5 out of 10. It just isn’t a mass-packer. If you use it the way you’re supposed to use it, the fact that it isn’t effective for big size gains isn’t important!
Final Smack on Anavar…I like this drug and always have even though it’s fairly useless in the mass department. But hey, man cannot live by Anadrol and Test Proprionate alone! I have to admit though, it seems fairly insignificant a drug now that the stakes are so high and synthol injections seem the drug of choice of most Olympia competitors. It seems that Anavar is about as intense as those little candy beads glued to strips of paper and doled out in rolls, or the cigarette-shaped bubble gum cylinders you used to be able to buy in mock Marlboro boxes. Still, don’t let my cynicism stop you from securing as much of this drug as you can. And don’t think, “I’ll ration it over the course of 12 weeks”, you should think, “I’ll use all 500 tabs in 30 days!” That’s not only the kind of thinking that is typical for guys wanting to become something other than ‘mildly muscular’, but I think it’s particularly appropriate for this drug specifically.