Oxandrolone, often considered the perfect anabolic steroid was developed in the 1960s as a prescription medication by G.D. Searle & Co. (known today is Pfizer) under the commercial name Anavar.
Anavar was used to fight infections, help sick people maintain muscle mass, and help people who had osteoporosis. Anavar was so effective and also tolerated exceptionally well when compared to other anabolic steroids; it quickly became a huge success.
Searle stopped the production of Anavar in 1989, mainly due to mounting pressure from the FDA. Due to Searle owning the licensing rights to Oxandrolone globally, this forced most pharmaceutical companies to stop producing Anavar.
In 1995 Oxandrolone started to be produced again under the name Oxandrin by a company called Bio-Technology General Corp (BTG). At the time BTG was the only company legally producing Oxandrolone which allowed them to charge an excessive amount for this anabolic steroid.
Although the costs of Anavar have dropped over the years thanks to other companies now producing it, it remains one of the most expensive anabolic steroids sold today.
What is Anavar?
Anavar is an anabolic steroid derived from DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Essentially it is DHT with an oxygen atom added in the A-ring, replacing the carbon-2. This simple alteration increases the anabolic activity of Anavar.
As with other oral anabolic steroids such as Dianabol, Winstrol, and Anadrol, Anavar also an added methyl group at the 17th carbon. The addition of this methyl group allows Anavar to be taken orally and remain effective without being destroyed by the liver.
Anavar does not build muscle mass as effectively as other steroids but is known for its ability to increase strength at a tremendous rate. Due to these two factors, Anavar is a top-rated steroid amongst athletes who want to improve their performance without gaining too much muscle.
Anavar also has a low androgenic rating, making it a popular anabolic steroid for female athletes and bodybuilders who want to build muscle and get stronger with a lower risk of irreversible side effects such as clitoral enlargement, facial hair growth, and deepening of the voice.
Top 3 Benefits of Anavar
#1 – No water retention
Anavar does not convert to estrogen, and therefore, water retention is of no concern when using this anabolic steroid. This means that all gains associated with Anavar usage will only be lean muscle. Unlike with steroids such as Dianabol where a large part of the weight gained is lost after the cycle due to a large amount of the weight being water retention, with Anavar, it will be easier to hold onto the weight once the cycle is done.
#2 – Performance Enhancement
As mentioned earlier in the article, Anavar is one of the more popular choices for athletes looking to enhance their performance. Depending on the dosage used, this anabolic steroid can cause significant strength increases, which leads to more power and speed. Anavar also does not cause a substantial increase in muscle mass, which is another benefit for athletes who are looking to be faster or have to compete in a particular weight class. If an athlete were to gain a lot of weight due to adding too much new muscle and water retention, they would not be as fast as they would need to be. For these reasons, Anavar remains one of the top anabolic steroids used by athletes.
3# – Cutting
When it comes to a cutting cycle, few other steroids can compete with this steroid. When trying to lose fat, one needs to consume fewer calories than what they burn in a day; however, the problem with consuming fewer calories is that there is always a risk of losing muscle along with the fat. Due to Anavars high anabolic rating, it can preserve lean muscle mass when on a calorie restricted diet.
As the individual gets leaner, he will also find that his muscles are harder, more defined, and more vascular thanks to Anavar.
One of the reasons oxandrolone was such a successful anabolic steroid in the prescription market was because it was mild, and there were few side effects related to the usage of Anavar. However, Anavar is still a steroid, and there is always the risk of side effects.
Since oxandrolone does not convert to estrogen, all estrogen related side effects such as water retention and gynecomastia are not possible.
Side effects which are often rare but can be seen in users who are sensitive to androgenic side effects include acne, oily skin, increased facial hair growth, male pattern baldness, and an enlarged prostate.
Although to a lesser extent than other steroids, Anavar still suppresses natural testosterone production. So although many people believe that a PCT is not needed, one should be started at the end of an Anavar cycle.
How to Buy Anavar
In South Africa, the purchase of anabolic steroids without a prescription is illegal. Most bodybuilders and athletes buy Anavar online or from a steroid dealer. Unless you have a lot of money to spend, chances are you will be buying Anavar produced by an underground lab. Many underground labs have popped up over the past ten years, a lot of them carrying an excellent reputation for providing high-quality products. In South Africa, you can expect to pay around R500 to R600 for a bottle of 50 x 10mg tablets.