Doctors always caution individuals when prescribing medication limitations regarding alcohol use, combinations with certain foods and other drugs, and potential dangers of ignoring doctor’s orders.
Bodybuilders and athletes taking illegally procured anabolic androgenic steroids often scoff at such warnings. They’re young and strong. Those side effects won’t apply to them.
Before engaging in such risky behavior, know the dangers of combining Anavar, alcohol, and other drugs often used for stacking.
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Anavar is a brand-name anabolic-androgenic steroid available in oral form.
It’s also commonly known as oxandrolone by bodybuilders and athletes, as well as many other brand and generic names, nicknames, and chemical names depending on manufacturer and country of origin.
To make sure you’re getting what you want, learn its molecular formula. It’s easy to remember: C19H30O3.
Anavar is a laboratory created (synthetic) anabolic steroid hormone similar to testosterone.
Its main mechanism of action is its ability to connect or bind to, and trigger activity in certain cell receptors.
In medical environments, Anavar/oxandrolone has been used in testosterone hormone replacement therapy in men with low testosterone levels (hypogonadism).
It has also been used in wasting conditions for those diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS.
In such cases, the drug has been known to increase the development of lean muscle mass and enhance retention of nitrogen in the muscles.
Anyone using common sense should realize that mixing prescription strength drugs with alcohol is a risky behavior.
Some people think that just a little bit of alcohol won’t have a negative impact on Anavar, but mixing the two can produce some unexpected side effects and reactions for some.
One of the most common concerns among medical professionals is the impact that any anabolic-androgenic steroid can have on the liver.
Prescription drugs and reactions for those under medical supervision are carefully monitored for any negative impact on organ function. Alcohol is metabolized in the liver.
Mixing the two can put a lot of pressure on the liver to metabolize both the drug and alcohol at the same time. High levels of either can result in a condition known as liver toxicity.
Accessing a variety of bodybuilding websites, forum boards, and discussion groups shows that there are mixed opinions on mixing Anavar/Oxandrolone and alcohol or other drugs.
Some are often told that when used correctly and in moderation, and if a person is healthy, a drink or two when taking Anavar isn’t necessarily dangerous.
Of course, the type of alcohol consumed, its proof, and the size of the drink can always have an impact, depending on personal reactions to the anabolic-androgenic steroid and alcohol in general.
Experienced drinkers metabolize alcohol relatively fast and with a little side effects, while a person who is not used or drinking may feel more of an impact. The same applies to use of anabolic-androgenic steroids.
Anything, anabolic steroid, alcohol, or other drugs used in bodybuilding or athletic performance enhancement cycles should always be used in moderation.
Overuse of anything can contribute to a number of unexpected and undesired side effects.
A person’s age, weight, metabolism, and endocrine function can also influence metabolism of either the drug or the drink on the body.
Dosage recommendations for use of Anavar vary widely. Normal dosage for men is often found between 25 mg and 50 mg daily depending on desired results.
Women may take lower dosages averaging 10 mg a day. Dosage will also have influence over possible side effects when mixed with alcohol.
Athletes and bodybuilders taking Anavar or any synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroid often combine use with other steroids such as testosterone, as well as anti-aromatization or anti-estrogenic drugs to reduce side effect of use.
Some mix such drugs with Clenbuterol or hormone precursors commonly found in supplements.
Think of it this way: the more you mix, the increased risk of dangerous side effects.
Some steroids like Trenbolone are quite harsh and can contribute to liver damage all by itself let alone when mixed with alcohol.
A few interesting articles to consider for research material:
“Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis modulation of GABAergic neuroactive steroids influences ethanol sensitivity and drinking behavior.” (Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience 2006)
“Anabolic androgenic steroid use and psychopathology in athletes. A systematic review.” (Current Neuropharmacology 2015)
This article states that use of anabolic-androgenic steroids often affect mood and muscle dysmorphia. (Bodybuilders may want to look that up.)
Due to their ability to destabilize mood, long-term use can contribute to development of depression. Depression in turn often causes individuals to turn to alcohol.
Alcohol, as a depressant itself, can trigger an endless cycle of abuse of anabolic-androgenic steroids, alcohol, and potentially other drugs as well.
Bottom line? Don’t mix Anavar, alcohol, or other drugs that can contribute to increased dangers and risks of side effects and adverse reactions.