The Searle Company first released their version of the steroid Anavar in 1964 under the trade name Oxandrolone. The drug became popular immediately with people who wanted hardened muscle mass, including wrestlers, powerlifters and other athletes. At the time, Dianabol was the most widely used steroid, but Anavar quickly became the steroid of choice thanks to its lower risk of side effects. When Searle stopped manufacturing Oxandrolone in the late 1980s, it was at the height of its popularity. Prices for the steroid shot through the roof.
During the mid-1990s, researchers started experimenting with Anavar for AIDS patients. It was effective at fighting off the wasting effects that AIDS has on the body. Most of the Oxandrolone that people buy in the UK is now manufactured under different names by companies such as Unigen, Alpha Pharma, Meditech or Pro Chem, although users still refer to it as just Anavar.
Men and women who use Anavar like it because it doesn’t have the side effects other steroids do. Women have made Oxandrolone their most requested steroid. When women use it, they don’t develop male characteristics like abnormal hair growth, a deeper voice or the masculinizing of their sex organs. Males who use Anavar have found that they don’t run as great a risk of developing gynemastia, which is a swelling of their breast tissue.
Since Oxandrolone produces no estrogen and doesn’t promote the retention of water, it is often used by weightlifters as a cutting drug before an important contest. It is extremely handy for adding definition and vascularity when it counts the most. Actually, the majority of bodybuilders in the UK buy Anavar for decreasing their body fat levels instead of bulking up their body mass. It also suppresses the appetite, which helps athletes stick to their pre-competition diets and resist calorie-laden snacks.
Although bodybuilders find Anavar helpful for sculpting their physique, powerlifters aren’t as concerned with losing fat as they are with increasing their strength. In the 1960s, powerlifters observed that the steroid caused incredible strength gains, but it didn’t cause much of an increase in their weight. Since powerlifters and weightlifters compete by weight class, this was a welcome effect of Anavar.
While nobody knows for sure how Anavar works, it is suspected that it stimulates the production of phosphocreatine, which is used by the body to make ATP. ATP is the short-term energy molecule of the body. ATP is essential for the high anaerobic performance needed in events like the “clean and jerk” and bench pressing. All these benefits have made Anavar popular with athletes who need rock hard bodies with a low body mass index.