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Anavar (Oxandrolone) Steroid 101: The Bodybuilder’s Guide

Discover the benefits and side effects of Anavar (Oxandrolone) for bodybuilding, including dosing and cycle recommendations, stacking info, and buying options.
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Disclaimer: The following guide is based on my personal experience and does NOT promote the illegal use of PEDs.

Anavar might be described as the perfect anabolic steroid: Exceptional benefits and a mild side effect profile. What’s not to love about Anavar? I indeed find Oxandrolone to be a steroid I consistently go back to.

If you’re looking to avoid the worst AAS side effects while seeing excellent cutting and recomp cycles results, then Anavar is a steroid worth keeping near the top of your list – whether you’re a man or woman.

Let’s dig deep into what Anavar can (and can’t) do for you.

What is Anavar?

Anavar would have to be one of the two most well-known oral steroids – the other being the famous Dianabol.

Anavar AAS
Anavar AAS

Oxandrolone is a Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) derived AAS and is the number one anabolic steroid favored by female users.

When we compare Anavar to other steroids, it’s considered mild, but in reality, it can still have substantial effects (both positive and negative) at higher doses (more on that below).

History and Overview

Anavar was a valued medical prescription drug back in the 1960s as a steroid prescribed not only to males but also to women and even children for treating disorders causing muscle wasting, as well as for burns treatment and osteoporosis. Oxandrolone was no doubt determined to be a mild anabolic steroid way back then, which made it possible to be tolerated by female and child patients.

Anavar took a little longer to take off in usage among bodybuilders and other performance users, not becoming popular until the 1990s (compared to the 1960s for many other AAS). This was mainly because Anavar is not a bulking AAS, so it was overlooked in favor of those steroids that could help guys pack on pure muscle.

But once it became known that Anavar was a superb cutting and muscle-hardening AAS, its use increased drastically, with people (both male and female) wanting a ripped, shredded physique for competitive goals or personal enjoyment.

Mechanism of Action

As a steroid that’s based on DHT, Anavar is in good company. It’s no coincidence that most of the very best cutting steroids are also based on DHT:

DHT is produced as a result of conversion from testosterone by the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase – essentially, DHT is a metabolite of testosterone, and Anavar has been created by slightly modifying the original chemical structure of DHT.

One thing to know about DHT is that it is not powerfully anabolic like testosterone is. It is, however, much more androgenic, as its affinity for binding to the androgen receptor is double that of testosterone[1]. Despite this, Anavar has a very low androgenic and anabolic rating, three to six times more potent than testosterone.

This must make Anavar excellent for gaining muscle. Right? No, despite the sky-high anabolic rating of Anavar, this doesn’t translate to it being a powerful muscle builder. It has relatively weak muscle-gaining potential compared to many other steroids, with its anabolic effects being most useful for muscle and strength preservation on cutting cycles.

Effects of Anavar (Benefits)

Anavar is one of the few compounds I can confidently say is suitable for beginners, intermediate, and advanced users. Females love this one; actually, Anavar is the most suited steroid a female could take, and I’ve seen countless numbers of girls get a really sleek look while using it.

The main benefits and effects of Anavar include:

Fat Loss

Your metabolic rate will increase, and you will find burning fat quicker and more efficient. Naturally, your diet should support fat loss, which will always be the case on a cutting cycle. How much body fat can be lost depends on your current body composition; Anavar shouldn’t be considered a magic weight loss pill.

Anavar’s actual value exists where you’re already lean and where Anavar’s hardening and drying physique can show off those last few percentages of fat you’ve shed.

Muscle and Strength Preservation

Undertaking a strict calorie-deficit diet puts you at risk of muscle catabolism and losing strength. This is where Anavar comes into its own and is most valued in cutting cycles – strength will be maintained and even increased, with Anavar being a must-have anabolic to get you through the toughest dieting and cutting phases.


Many of us choose Anavar because it lacks water retention and its excellent ability to dry out your body, promote incredible muscle hardening, and allow for a very dry, lean, and shredded body ideal for contests or personal goals. Ideally, you’ll be at a low body fat level before using Anavar to enjoy its maximum physique enhancement effects.

Muscle Gains

Anavar isn’t going to be a steroid you use in bulking cycles, but it can support some lean gains (much more so in females than males). Any gains made will lack water retention, and you will find the muscle easy to maintain. One benefit of using Anavar for minor to moderate lean gains is that it will help you avoid gaining fat.

Performance and Recovery

Anavar will boost your endurance to an extent, with a noticeable ability to work out for longer and at a higher intensity. This is invaluable while cutting, where you’ll want to push yourself with cardio workouts to burn fat.

Like all AAS, Anavar will positively affect your recovery, speeding up tissue healing. With its known benefits on collagen synthesis (after all, Anavar was initially developed to promote healing), it can reduce soreness and pain post-workout.

Anavar Dosing and Administration

It’s tempting for newer users to assume that a “weak” steroid like Anavar should be taken at a maximum dose to get any benefit. But this is far from the truth with Anavar – not least, being that as an oral steroid, there’s an upper limit that you won’t want to exceed.


As with any medical usage of anabolic steroids, prescribed doses of Anavar are always at the low end and are determined by medical professionals according to the individual needs of the patient, their gender, and their age.

Because Anavar is unique, it has seen a lot of use in females and children. Extremely low doses are known to result in very positive effects, and experts soon discovered that Anavar is very well tolerated by these groups – making it possibly the safest anabolic steroid ever used in medicine:

  • Daily doses in clinical use in adults can range anywhere from 2.5mg per day to 20mg per day[2].
  • Depending on a child’s weight, doses as low as 1 to 2mg have been prescribed (typically set at 0.1mg/kg of body weight).

But that’s just one side of the story… Performance doses take things to a new level because we want to benefit from Anavar’s anabolic effects well beyond what’s required in medical treatments.

Here’s the kicker:

High-purity Anavar will always be more potent at lower doses. Top-quality Anavar at 30mg will outperform bad gear at 60mg or more. Always keep this in mind when deciding on your own Oxandrolone dosage.

The other critical factor when dosing Anavar is whether you’re stacking it with other AAS at performance doses and just how strong of a role you want Anavar to play in the cycle. Most men won’t use Anavar as a sole compound due to its weaker effects, but it is widespread for women to run Anavar-only cycles.

Here’s a general guide to Oxandrolone bodybuilding doses for different experience levels:


20-30mg is a safe starting point for first-time Anavar users who are nervous about side effects. While this is a good dosage range if it’s your first time using Anavar, some guys won’t see a lot of response at this level.

As always, flexibility in adjusting your dose during the cycle is needed. Since Anavar starts working quickly, you’ll have a good idea of whether you’re responding to this low dose early.


50mg daily is the best standard dose to balance desirable benefits and side effects. In fact, few Anavar users will find a need to take the dosage beyond 50mg, and most men admit that they don’t see the benefits they expected below 50mg.


80-100mg is a high-range dose of Anavar. This can come with some unpleasant pumps (like in the lower back) and other issues like cramps.


Females running a first Anavar cycle should start very low to evaluate side effects. 5mg per day is known to be well tolerated in clinical use by many female patients.

If a woman tolerates this dose well, the next step is 10mg; many will find 10mg daily to be the perfect balance. However, more than a few women confidently use 15 or even 20mg daily, which will enormously increase the chance of virilizing side effects.

Dosing Schedule, Half-life, and Cycle Length

Anavar has a half-life of about 10 hours. The ideal Anavar dosing schedule is a matter constantly up for debate, and in the end, it comes down to your individual preference:

  • Some people like to split the dose into two or even three administrations throughout the day.
  • Then, on the other hand, plenty of users would instead take it all pre-workout for a once-per-day administration.

This does mean you’re using Anavar essentially as a pre-workout steroid. In my experience, this is the best way to use Anavar because we don’t need (or even want) to maintain consistent levels of this liver-toxic steroid (no matter how mild) 24 hours a day. Plus, it gives your workout a nice boost.

You’ll also want to consider the time of day – some people find sleep issues develop with Anavar, so the way to minimize impacts on your sleep is to take Anavar in the morning.

The general rule when planning a cycle is the higher the Anavar dose, the shorter the cycle you should be doing. Now, not everyone will follow this guideline. Some like to live on the edge, while there are those of us who want to balance the benefits and risks. I think I’ll go to 8 weeks on Anavar if I’m taking no more than 50mg. I wouldn’t want to go beyond six weeks if any more than 50mg is being taken (rarely).

Likely Results

Anavar excels at giving you significant improvements in aesthetics – leanness, hardness, dryness, and, in short, getting ripped and shredded. But they’re not the only results to expect with this steroid.

Anavar will help maintain your performance and strength ability even on the most limited of calorie-deficit diets. Critically, your results are going to include the preservation of your existing lean muscle. Anavar helps prevent you from becoming catabolic – where lean muscle is lost as energy.

You should not expect significant muscle gains – Anavar is not a bulking steroid, but it can promote some lean gains while simultaneously losing fat. Women can gain in the 10lbs range, while men tend to see smaller gains under 10lbs.

Anavar should also not be looked at as a fat burner. Where its fat loss effects excel is where you’re already lean. Anavar will help you shed some of those last pounds before a contest, dry out, and harden your physique. And that’s where Anavar shines: as a pre-contest late-cycle steroid to prep your body to be as dry, hardened, and shredded as possible within just a few weeks.

Anavar Cycles

Few steroids will have us closely looking at both male and female cycles, but Anavar is an exception.

  • Women will frequently use Anavar as a single-cycle compound with exceptional results – typically in the 5-10mg range for 6 to 8 weeks; I’ve heard of some women using Anavar for over 12 weeks.
  • Men often include Anavar near the end of a cycle with other AAS to promote dryness and vascularity in a cutting or recomp cycle.

Author Note: I’m currently using Anvarol by Crazy Bulk. It’s an ideal swap for your risk-laden Anavar (Oxandrolone). The stuff truly works!

Anavar Cycle for Men

Most men will tell you that Anavar is a mild steroid for the male body. This is certainly so when it comes to muscle gains – few men will use Anavar to gain mass at a high level. Some lean gains are indeed possible and will form an aspect of your results, alongside fat loss:

  • The simultaneous fat loss and (mild) gains form the basis of results for male users.
  • By the end of a cycle, men will find noticeable improvements in definition, muscle hardness, dryness, and vascularity.
  • Men using higher doses will notice excellent pumps in the gym (sometimes unwanted).

Diet and current body weight will determine how far your fat loss can go, but a 5lbs loss of fat over a cycle when you’re already lean will improve the physique.

Inexperienced users will share their negative Anavar experiences, but so often, this revolves around the fact that a man didn’t use a testosterone base on an Anavar cycle! Using a test base with Anavar is essential, just like any AAS.

Other negative reviews from men unsurprisingly complain about Anavar being too “weak” to bother with. This is a matter of expectation and not understanding how, when, and why to use Anavar to make it worthwhile. High dose usage elicits plenty of complaints: lower back pumps, insomnia, and muscle cramping are common signs that a male should consider lowering the dose.

Anavar Cycle for Women

Anavar is widely accepted as the best anabolic steroid for females. It’s the most tolerable and the least likely to cause virilizing symptoms at low to moderate doses. For women first treading into the world of AAS, Anavar is almost always the FIRST choice – and often the only choice for those wanting to avoid virilization.

The standard dosage is 10mg daily. Some women will only take 5mg daily. In any case, Anavar will have a substantial effect on females at these low doses, particularly for:

  • Gaining strength
  • Gaining lean muscle

Women can expect excellent results from an Anavar cycle, including lovely strength gains. These should become more noticeable by about the third week. You’ll be lifting heavier weights and should find your lifting action improves with that strength boost.

Lean muscle gains will vary substantially among women, but over a 6-week cycle, some females can see excellent gains of up to 5-10lbs, even while losing some body fat.

Females have very positive things to say about their experiences using Anavar. No other anabolic steroid will give females such a positive experience (quite the opposite) – but few women who use Anavar come away disappointed. Positive comments from females center on the following:

  • Strength: How much strength is being gained throughout the cycle and how this has translated into beating lifting PRs and being able to increase reps.
  • Lean mass gains: Most women want to add muscle and use Anavar for bulking and recomposition cycles.
  • Fat loss: On a calorie deficit, women will burn fat, harden their physique, and achieve excellent muscle definition.

Yes, there are going to be negative experiences from females. Naturally, these tend to focus on side effects, even when they’re expected:

  • Issues like acne are often complained about.
  • Females sometimes report sleep-related problems such as insomnia.
  • Irritability, minor changes to the menstrual cycle, and hair loss are some of the other negatives that women report.

Some women also report an intense increase in appetite. While this can seem like a good thing and can be beneficial if you’re trying to add mass, a few females will find that it goes beyond the desirable limit of appetite – not much you can do here besides lower the dose.

The best part for women who use Anavar? No PCT is needed! Suitable health protocols should be followed after the cycle to support liver, cardiovascular, and hormonal health. Still, there is no need to engage in any post-cycle therapy like men do.

Anavar vs. Other PEDs

We could compare Anavar with a long list of AAS and other PEDs if you’re trying to choose the best compound for your next cycle. Here, I want to focus on lining it up against two other popular cutting steroids, plus a famous fat burner.

Anavar vs. Winstrol

Winstrol is rightly worshipped as a brilliant cutting steroid. But it can pose challenges compared to Anavar. Winstrol is famed for causing joint discomfort and pain. Anavar has a benefit here and can even have a more positive effect on your tendons and joints.

Winstrol AAS
Winstrol AAS

I’ve seen plenty of comments about Anavar users experiencing joint pain – this can be another unfortunate consequence of “fake” Anavar. Anavar is the clear winner if avoiding joint discomfort is a priority.

While Anavar can certainly enhance vascularity, it will rarely be at the level of Winstrol, where both vascularity and the grainy type appearance are more prominent than what we get with Anavar.

Every user will have a favorite between these two: I like the pumps and increased muscle I get with Winstrol, but I love the joint benefits and extra energy Anavar delivers.

Anavar vs. Masteron

Masteron is another popular AAS. It comes with some benefits over Anavar, but ultimately, your goals will be the decision maker on which to choose. Masteron is an injectable steroid, and it’s the safer one to use for longer cycles.

Masteron AAS
Masteron AAS

Masteron is ideal for running for an entire cycle, while Anavar is best used as a finishing steroid in the final weeks. Just as with Winstrol, Masteron typically results in a higher level of vascularity and a grainer appearance than Anavar does.

Masteron is known to be a better mood enhancer than Anavar, but this sort of effect can be very individual-dependent. Most Masteron users will also see a higher boost to the libido than is usually experienced with Anavar. On the downside for Masteron, it dries out the joints and can cause joint pain, whereas Anavar can be joint supportive to a degree.

Anavar vs. Clenbuterol

Clenbuterol is not an anabolic steroid but is a trendy fat-burning compound. Clenbuterol is often stacked with Anavar for serious fat-burning and cutting cycles, but it comes with risks that can exceed those of Anavar.

Clenbuterol Fat Burner
Clenbuterol Fat Burner

Clenbuterol is a stimulant, and while it has exceptional fat-burning abilities, it can cause a host of side effects as a result of acting on the nervous system and increasing body temperature – anxiety, cramps, jitters, and insomnia are common.

While Clenbuterol suppresses the appetite, Anavar can increase hunger in some users. Clenbuterol should also be limited to 8 weeks, like Anavar.

You might think Clenbuterol is a safer option than Anavar – but this is far from the truth. I think Clenbuterol is MUCH less safe than Anavar and poses more of a risk to your cardiovascular health. The choice is easy for me between Clenbuterol and Anavar: Anavar every time.

Stacking Anavar

Stacking Anavar will almost exclusively be for cutting and recomposition cycles for male users. Females will often use Anavar to gain lean mass, as women will be much more responsive to the anabolic effects of this steroid.

At a minimum, all male users will need to stack Anavar with testosterone at a base TRT dosage to avoid the effects of low testosterone as a result of Anavar’s suppressive activity. If Anavar is being used as part of a longer contest prep cycle, it will often be saved for the final weeks of the cycle to get you as lean and shredded as possible.

Anavar + Winstrol (Cutting Stack)

This is more of an advanced cycle as we’re stacking two oral AAS, which comes with risks. I wouldn’t run this cycle for more than six weeks or eight at the very maximum. This is a friendly contest prep stack suited for hardcore users and competitors.


  • Rapid fat burning
  • Muscle gains and muscle preservation
  • Strength gains (even while dieting)
  • Pumps
  • Joint support from Anavar
  • Dry, ripped, hard, and vascular physique


  • Week 1-6: Winstrol 20-25mg/daily
  • Week 1-6: Anavar 15-20mg/daily
  • Testosterone: 200mg/week

Possible side effects

  • Testosterone suppression
  • Liver and kidney stress
  • Increased cholesterol


Fast loss of body fat and some nice muscle gains make up the core results of this stack. That’s not all: vascularity and dryness will be incredible, and Anavar will help offset the joint issues caused by Winstrol.


A standard PCT cycle using Clomid at 50mg/day for three weeks.

Anavar + Trenbolone (Recomp Stack)

Trenbolone is the best recomp steroid but also the harshest AAS we can use. Only run this cycle if you’ve used Tren before and understand how to handle its side effects. Although it’s an injectable steroid, Tren is known to be more liver-toxic than Anavar, so we keep this as a short cycle. This is a male-only stack due to Trenbolone being unsuitable for women.


  • Muscle gains and fat loss
  • Big strength gains
  • Muscle preservation
  • Good joint support from both steroids
  • Fast recovery
  • Full, hard, dry, and vascular physique


  • Weeks 1-8: 20mg-30mg/day Anavar
  • Weeks 1-8: 150mg-250mg/week Trenbolone
  • Weeks 1-8: 200mg/week Testosterone

Possible side effects

  • Testosterone shutdown
  • Increased cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Liver and kidney toxicity
  • Hair loss and acne
  • Decreased cardiovascular performance (shortness of breath)
  • Tren cough
  • Roid rage and mood issues
  • Insomnia


More muscle will be gained on this cycle with Tren than is usually possible on a standard cutting cycle – just how significant your gains are will depend on what you’re trying to achieve with your diet plan. On the downside, Tren can negatively impact your cardio performance and hamper your fat loss efforts. With both these AAS promoting dryness and muscle hardness, these effects will be taken to a whole new level with this stack compared to just Anavar used alone.


A standard PCT cycle will often not restore testosterone levels following Trenbolone use, and longer-term TRT can be required. I recommend testosterone cruising for four months following this cycle, keeping in mind there’s no guarantee of T levels returning entirely back to normal after using Tren.

Anavar + Clenbuterol (Cutting/Fat Burning Stack)

While this isn’t a stack I can strongly recommend due to the risks associated with Clen, it is famous for those wanting extreme fat loss and can tolerate the stimulant-type side effects of Clen.


  • Exceptional fat loss
  • Potential muscle gains from Anavar
  • Lots of energy
  • Increased motivation
  • Joint support
  • Muscle preservation
  • More strength


The dosing of Clen always needs to be tapered up to avoid results plateauing as your body adjusts.

  • Weeks 1-4: Clenbuterol starting at 20mcg and increased by 10mcg every three days
  • Weeks 1-6: Anavar 5-30mg/day (adjust dosage according to female/male user)

Possible side effects

  • Testosterone suppression (men only)
  • Stimulant effects: racing heart, tremors, sleep difficulty
  • Increased cholesterol


Remarkable fat loss will be seen on this stack, and it will come on quickly. Expect an increase in energy and endurance, but the side effects of Clen can hurt your exercise ability (lowering the dose is ideal if you’re sensitive to stimulants). Anavar will provide the capacity to build some muscle and maintain strength while dieting.


Women require no PCT. Men are less likely to run this cycle but will need a testosterone base (e.g., 200mg/week) and can follow with a standard Nolvadex/Clomid PCT protocol for four to six weeks.

Anavar PCT

Even though Anavar is often only used for 4 to 8-week cycles, this is more than enough time for your testosterone to become suppressed. Men always need a testosterone base with Anavar – a common beginner mistake is to assume an oral like Anavar doesn’t need a test base: wrong! But that won’t cover you for PCT:

  • Men will always need PCT after using Anavar, starting the day after your last dose.
  • Enclomiphene is now my preferred PCT drug, but some will want to combine it with Tamoxifen for 4 to 6 weeks.

Anavar is hugely popular with female users, but it goes without saying that women do not require the type of post-cycle therapy that men do after an Anavar cycle. Most females will stop using Anavar after tapering the dosage down towards the end of the cycle, and that will be it – while others will find that rebalancing the hormones is something they’d like to do by making use of natural supplements like magnesium.

Anavar Side Effects

Although Anavar is a very well-tolerated AAS – including by female users – it still comes with the risks of side effects, which will affect you differently from the next person as part of your response.

And just like the positive results, the quality of your Anavar can play a BIG part in the types and severity of side effects. This is just another reason why we should be trying to avoid poor quality black market Oxandrolone by only buying from reliable suppliers.

Side Effects in Men

Here are the most likely Anavar side effects you could experience:

Testosterone Suppression

Anavar will suppress and potentially shut down testosterone production in men. Note that this is not an issue female users of Anavar need to be concerned with. Men will require PCT after using Anavar, even when it’s used for very short cycles.

Men should always use a testosterone base on an Anavar cycle, or else they will suffer debilitating symptoms of low testosterone: fatigue, depression, no motivation, sexual dysfunction, and more. A 100-250mg base testosterone dose is sufficient to cover your on-cycle testosterone needs.

Androgenic Side Effects

Although not a potent androgenic steroid, acne and hair loss are possibilities if you’re sensitive to androgens; this is expected from a steroid derived from DHT. But you will find that Anavar is often usable at low doses without suffering these side effects.

Even some guys who know they’re prone to male pattern baldness have reported using 80mg or even more of Anavar and not suffering hair thinning or loss – once again, this will often depend on the quality of your Anavar.

Cardiovascular Side Effects

Anavar can have a surprisingly severe impact on your cholesterol levels. It can lower your HDL levels while boosting LDL (precisely the opposite of what you need). Only bloodwork will tell you how much your cholesterol has changed, but drops in HDL between 30-50% are entirely possible. I would not be using Anavar at all if I had any existing cholesterol health issues.

Lower Back Pumps

Uncomfortable and potentially painful lower back pumps can be an issue with Anavar. Higher doses are likely to worsen the problem. This can make it hard to finish your sets and workout to the level you need to, which impacts your results.

An excellent tip to alleviate lower back pumps is to include a taurine supplement in your diet; it’s an amino acid that plays a role in muscle contraction and boosts the amount of amino acid in skeletal muscles[3].

Liver Toxicity

Anavar will stress your liver as an oral steroid, although it’s known to be less hepatotoxic than other C17-aa steroids. Despite this, it’s still recommended to cap Anavar cycles at eight weeks maximum with a suitable recovery gap before using any other C17-aa again. Despite this, some users will run Anavar for 12 weeks or longer, but that’s entirely at your risk.

Female Side Effects

Females who use Anavar will find this to be the most user-friendly AAS of all. Low doses can see women using Anavar with no noticeable side effects. Higher doses and longer cycles (more than six weeks) can run the risk of virilization developing, including:

  • A deeper or hoarser voice
  • Menstrual cycle disruption
  • Clitoral enlargement
  • Body and facial hair growth

There’s much more to know about the side effects of Anavar and all anabolic steroids, so visit my main side effects guide here.

Where to Buy Anavar?

Anavar needs to be sourced carefully to ensure you’re getting what you want – correctly dosed and high purity (preferably pharmaceutical grade) Oxandrolone. Availability and ease of access, legal situations, and pricing of Oxandrolone will differ across different parts of the world.

So, where to buy it? You can buy safe and legal Anavar from Crazy Bulk (the best AAS supplier). Give it a try – the stuff truly works!!

Availability of Anavar

You want the absolute best quality Anavar you can find, right? We all do. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bunk Anavar being sold out there. Some suppliers around will sell steroids labeled as Oxandrolone, which contain a completely different (and cheaper) AAS like Dianabol.

Now you can imagine the effects you’d get if your Anavar were replaced with Dianabol – and it’s even worse for females because anything other than Anavar is not going to be as tolerable.

So, while Anavar is generally easy to find for purchase, although somewhat expensive compared to other steroids, this is one AAS that we do need to be extra careful when buying, thanks to the under-dosed and fake products circulating.

Even though Anavar is what we consider to be a milder steroid compared to most others, it’s still an anabolic steroid.

Anavar is a prohibited substance in any country that has made the use, possession, manufacture, and sale of anabolic steroids illegal – including the United States, Australia, and many European countries.

Other countries are considerably less strict when it comes to possessing Anavar for your personal use. The UK, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway are just a few countries with more relaxed anabolic steroid laws.

Note that this doesn’t necessarily mean it’s legal to import or sell AAS in such countries – laws differ. While personal possession might not cause you legal issues, you could find yourself in trouble if you’re caught trying to sell Anavar to someone.

The moral of the story?

Be very aware of the laws in the country you’re living in or staying in when buying and using Anavar.

Typical Pricing

Anavar is one of the more expensive AAS. An Anavar cycle will usually cost significantly more than other oral steroids (like Dianabol, for example). And the most popular injectable steroids will always be cheaper – often much cheaper than Anavar.

This is one reason why men, in particular, will choose not to use Anavar – the high cost combined with the reputation it has of being “too mild” can certainly put you off. Still, we should remember that even a 4-week cycle of Anavar can produce results, which will keep costs down somewhat.

10mg tablets are the most common. Expect to pay up to $150 per 60 tablets of pharma-grade Anavar. UGL sources can cost more or less than this – prices vary considerably across suppliers, and so does the quality. I’ve seen UGL 10mg for 60 tablets near $200 or as low as $60.

Final Thoughts

No steroid maintains its popularity year after year unless it offers profound benefits, and Anavar’s popularity remains strong despite its limitations. It all comes down to knowing HOW to use it and WHEN to use it.

The joint benefits of Anavar make it stand out above other cutting steroids and is one of my favorite things about Anavar.

This isn’t an AAS where you need to go crazy with dosing. Keep it moderate and keep your expectations in check, and you’ll find it hard to be disappointed. And it goes without saying: There’s no better AAS for females than Anavar.

I can’t mention enough times that the better the quality or purity of your Anavar is, the less of it you’ll need to take to get the desired effects and results. And that in itself can make or break your experience with Anavar.

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— Furious Joe

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3 thoughts on “Anavar (Oxandrolone) Steroid 101: The Bodybuilder’s Guide”

  1. Hi, Joe.. I’m 43, 6’1″ weight is 225. I’m looking to cut about 20-25 lbs and tighten up. Reading above, you suggest stacking with trenbolone and using a testosterone ester. I’m new to this but very active in the gym. Is it best to use Anavar only, or is it acceptable to do both and either option using the ester? I want to do an 8-week cycle and get maximum results. What do you suggest, and what dosages? Thank you in advance; this write-up is the most accurate and informative page I’ve read. Appreciate it.

    • Hey mate, Anavar stacks best with dieting. You can run it solo at 50-60mg/day for eight weeks. I’ll also add 200mg/week of test enanthate to the cycle. Wait 14 days post cycle to begin recovery and use 50mg/day Clomid for 20 days, 0.5mg/day Arimidex (if needed) alongside it. FJ

  2. Hello, I am new to steroids and I’m about to start the 3rd week of a 6-week Anavar cycle. I’m now wondering how, at the end of 6 weeks, I go about coming off Anavar as I’ve read it suppresses certain hormones in the body.

    A bit of background. I am 52 and have been on TRT Enanthate since June, prescribed by my doctor, as I had very low testosterone and energy. Since starting TRT, my energy levels have increased very well, and I’m able to go to the gym four times a week, including a personal trainer session advising me on workouts and eating.

    I have always been a bit overweight, so after a lot of reading, I decided to take a 6-week Anavar course. In the 1st week, I started with 20mg a day, 2nd week (now) 30mg a day, the 3rd and 4th weeks will be 40mg a day, and then take it down by 10mg each week till the end. I noticed I am staying the same weight but am getting more solid.

    I am concerned about steroids and have opted for the most effective, least side-effect option and I’m taking Tudca to help protect my liver during what I hope to be a cutting cycle, even though I’m not a bodybuilder. Also, I’m not sure of my personal trainer’s opinion on steroids, so I have not asked his advice.

    I want to prepare for the end of the cycle and wondered what supplements I should buy in preparation for ending Anavar. I will still be on Enanthate for my TRT, so I wondered if this affects what I take after? Many thanks.


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