Anavar is the original trade name of the anabolic steroid oxandrolone, and is the name most people have known it as since the giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer (then Searle Laboratories) first synthesized it back in 1964 USA.
Oxandrolone is one of the most popular steroids for bodybuilders and strength athletes because of its low androgenic response and the the long lasting strength gains it elicits.
Not only that but out of all of the 17-alpha-alkyloid oral steroids, it has the least negative impact on the user’s liver.
That’s not to say the steroid is without its negatives, but it remains a highly circulated, sought after and used anabolic steroid. Of course, its price on the black market reflects this, making Oxandrolone one of the most expensive in its category. This raises many questions, however:
- Can you purchase Anavar/Oxandrolone?
- Is it legal to use for bodybuilding and fat loss purposes?
- Is it safe?
- Are there any alternative products which give similar benefits?
Firstly, we’ll give a little overview of Anavar
Known by other names, such as Oxandrin and the shortened ‘Var’, Anavar is the first trade name of Oxandrolone.
It has been used successfully to promote muscle growth in patients who suffer from wasting diseases, and those which cause involuntary weight loss.
HIV and AIDS patients are prescribed it as part of their treatment.
For a while, it was discontinued as a medical treatment, in some part because of the bad press it gathered from its abuse by bodybuilders.
It was reinstated in the mid-nineties and has since been used to treat the above conditions, plus anemia and hereditary angioedema (blood disorder that causes swelling).
Is It Legal to Use for Bodybuilding or Lean Muscle Growth?
The short answer is: no. In some countries, it may differ, but in most western nations, Oxandrolone and other anabolic steroids are in the 3rd category of drugs. Schedule III, Class C, whatever it is, means that the only legal way to get hold of it is with a doctor’s verbal or written prescription.
Possession of the steroid in quantities deemed small enough for personal use might not cause too much trouble from the law – if it was discovered – but it might be something they monitor from then on.
The long and short of it is, it’s not legal to purchase these drugs via underground sources, for bodybuilding, burn healing, or anything else.
Given that it is illegal to purchase the drug, we do not recommend black market/underground purchase at all. Legal ramifications aside, you never know what you are actually getting, even if the packaging looks genuine.
Is It Safe?
Relative to many other similar orally administered steroids, Oxandrolone is safe in small doses.
Some of the usual side effects caused by anabolic androgenic steroids are minimal with oxandrolone due to its small level of androgenicity.
This means that it will not aromatize (convert to estrogen), and therefore not cause estrogenic side effects like gynecomastia (growth of male breast tissue/man boobs), acne and water retention. Even testicular testosterone production is not dramatically reduced.
As stated earlier, however, that is at small dosages. Larger doses will trigger the reduction of endogenous testosterone production and cause testicular atrophy (shrunken testicles) until the dosage is stopped and post cycle therapy (PCT) is administered to counteract the effect.
Are There Any Alternative Products?
Anavar is known to be a good cutting steroid – i.e. when you are trying to lose fat but gain muscle at the same time, there aren’t many better steroids for the job.
We have found only one product which is a viable alternative: Anvarol by Crazybulk.
The company produce a number of steroid substitutes, which are safe, legal and effective. The formula includes natural steroid derivatives which have many of the same anabolic benefits as a steroid but does not cause the side effects.