Oxandrolone or Anavar was developed and marketed during the height of anabolic steroid research between the 1950s and the 1980s. It is the apex of the never-ending quest to discover and develop an anabolic steroid that could be considered perfect. With this being said, Anavar is perhaps the closest that science has come to developing what would be considered the perfect anabolic steroid. It is renowned for its remarkable safety profile and side effect-to-benefit ratio – so much so that it is one of the few anabolic steroids deemed suitable as a medication for females and children (two patient types that are known for responding quite negatively to anabolic steroid therapies to begin with).
It can be easily seen how these characteristics make Anavar a favorable compound among athletes and bodybuilders wishing to increase athletic performance, muscle gain, and strength gain where the additional water weight gain is undesired. It is also an anabolic steroid used extensively by bodybuilders wishing to shed body fat and maintain as much muscle as possible during a caloric deficit, where once again extra water weight and possible fat retention/gain is not desired. As one may be able to easily see, Anavar is quite a versatile compound in terms of its uses.
In comparison with other oral anabolic steroids, studies have demonstrated that Anavar expresses the least amount of hepatotoxicity and strain on liver function of all of them. It should be noted that Anavar still expresses a degree of toxicity in this area, so it is still advisable not to utilize Anavar for an 8 – 10 week period at reasonable dosages. Proper supplementation with good liver support compounds is also always essential when utilizing oral anabolic steroids, no matter how mild they may be claimed to be.
Oxandrolone Cycles and Uses
Although Anavar has gained popularity as being a ‘cutting agent’ or ‘cutting steroid’ throughout the past, its capabilities are not limited strictly to this. Although it can perform and assist quite well in the area of achieving fat loss and physique definition, it is an excellent compound for mass gaining, strength, and bulking. Being that it is 3 – 6 times the anabolic strength of Testosterone, Anavar cycles can indeed be bulking cycles without issue.
However, because Anavar does impose some strain and toxicity in the area of liver function, it cannot be utilized for the same length of time as those core injectable compounds can. Therefore, it is often included at the beginning of any cycle for the first 6 – 8 weeks before it is discontinued. Anavar cycles can be extended to a maximum of 10 weeks at a reasonable dosage, however, due to its lower degree of liver toxicity than other oral compounds. For the purposes of bulking, Anavar cycles are normally run with similar compounds used for bulking, such as a long-estered Testosterone (e.g. Enanthate) and possibly a compound such as Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone Decanoate).
For its use in fat loss and cutting, Oxandrolone cycles are often shorter and utilized with compounds used for achieving similar goals. These can be anabolic steroids such as Testosterone Propionate, Trenbolone Acetate, Masteron (Drostanolone Propionate), etc. These compounds generally hold the same characteristics as Oxandrolone and promote very little to no water retention or bloating that is often not desired during cutting and fat loss phases where it is important for the bodybuilder to observe changes in physique definition.
Oxandrolone Dosages and Administration
The vast majority of medical applications called for an Oxandrolone dosage in the range of 2.5 – 20mg per day, which was of course heavily dependent on the type of sickness, disease, or disorder that Oxandrolone was intended for. Within medicine, Oxandrolone has been utilized as an example in AIDS patients within the range of 20 – 80mg per day in order to combat and/or reverse muscle wasting. The same has also been demonstrated with burn victims. This is a solid indication of the general dosage range that would be effective for muscle growth and athletics. As Oxandrolone is a drug with plenty of experience with different ages of patients, the effects of Oxandrolone are also not dependent on age.
Although Oxandrolone has been wrongfully touted as being a ‘mild steroid’ in the area of anabolic capability, studies have shown otherwise, and as previously mentioned thus far, it is a compound that is 3 – 6 times the anabolic strength of Testosterone. Therefore, in the athletics and bodybuilding world, Oxandrolone dosages for beginners tend to start and stay in the 25 – 50mg per day range and should provide great results whether bulking up or trimming down the fat. Advanced users tend to venture between 50 – 80mg per day, and there is usually no need to exceed this range due to the dramatic results that such an Oxandrolone dosage can provide. Very rarely, however, experienced advanced Oxandrolone dosages venture within the 80 – 100mg per day range.
Being that Oxandrolone is a great anabolic steroid for the female athlete and bodybuilder that wishes to minimize and eliminate androgenic virilization side effects as demonstrated in studies, most females will utilize an Oxandrolone dosage within 5 – 10mg per day. Advanced female users that may want to push the envelope tend to rise up to 20mg per day, though it is recommended that any and all female use of Oxandrolone for bodybuilding or athletic purposes be limited to no longer than 4 – 6 weeks at a time.
There is also something to be said about combining an Oxandrolone dosage with caffeine. One study has demonstrated that just 300mg of caffeine administered alongside Oxandrolone increased subjects’ blood plasma levels of Oxandrolone by 15 – 20x compared to baseline levels.
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