As always, body builders and athletes seeking to use steroids for non-medical use for physical performance enhancement or improved physique and muscle growth should always compare benefits against potential side effects.
Bodybuilders often scoff at the potential for side effects, claiming that when used carefully or combining with other drugs with steroids that minimize side effects, the benefits usually outweigh the risks.
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Anavar, also known as oxandrolone, is a synthetic laboratory created variation of testosterone, one of the most recognized male hormones.
In medical situations, Anavar/oxandrolone is/was used to enhance weight gain for individuals dealing with a chronic illness, difficult post-surgical recovery, or a person recuperating from trauma.
The basic effect of Anavar on the body is anabolic in nature. Anavar effects also have the potential, though not extremely potent, to inhibit protein catabolism.
Basically, it increases levels of testosterone, which has an impact on muscle growth, mass, and strength.
However it should be noted that anabolic steroids and testosterone variations or derivatives are more capable of improving strength aspects of muscle rather than accelerated size and growth.
In order to grow, another hormone comes into play: insulin-like growth factor-1.
In the body, the pituitary gland is responsible for sending instructions to the testes to manufacture an increase or decrease in levels of testosterone. The liver is responsible for the production and secretion of insulin-like growth factor-1.
Working together, these two endogenous (body-produced) hormones are perfectly capable of maintaining optimal balances that promote overall strength based on body composition, size, heredity, and so forth.
When injected into the body (exogenous), increased levels of any form of testosterone can contribute to a number of side effects, adverse reactions.
Use may be contraindicated depending on overall health and wellness and other factors including age, contributing health conditions or disease processes such as diabetes.
Anavar effects, benefits, and potential side effects and adverse reactions are not always dosage dependent.
A person using a low dose of Anavar/oxandrolone may experience unexpected and alarming side effects the first time it’s used. It all depends on individualized reactions to the drug.
For this reason, and especially for those using the drug illegally for non-medical reasons, starting at the lowest possible dosage that may provide benefits is recommended.
Medically recommended dosage of Anavar in the treatment of a medical condition averages 2.5 mg to 20 mg daily depending on situation and treatment goals.
An athlete or bodybuilder taking suggestions from bodybuilding websites may take anywhere from 15 mg up to 25 mg daily, sometimes more.
Combining Anavar with other drugs such as testosterone increases the potential for negative side effects.
Any anabolic androgenic steroid can cause side effects, even when prescribed and therapy is overseen by a physician.
While a number of Anavar effects are directly related to dosage, this is not always true.
Genetic predispositions and other factors such as height, weight, and age can also have an influence on how well (or not) Anavar is metabolized in the body.
A number of studies have not only verified common side effects associated with different forms of anabolic androgenic steroids such as changes in skin condition, headaches, and testicular atrophy, but other, severe side effects that include:
None of these adverse reactions are to be taken lightly or to be assumed that they can’t occur when the drug is “taken responsibly” based on recommendations provided by bodybuilding websites and forum board discussion groups.
When researching Anavar dosage, access not only bodybuilding websites but also medical resources, reports, and studies.
It’s no secret that bodybuilders often scoff at the potential for side effects and adverse reactions, but increasing numbers of cases of damage or dysfunction to the human body have been published in medical journals, and for good reason.
A body builder or athlete doesn’t have to take excessively high steroid doses to experience either physical or psychological alterations in body and brain function.
Before considering Anavar effects and dosage that you believe will provide you with the benefits you’re looking for and reduce potential of side effects, consider benefits against those side effects.
Because of the potential dangers that have long been linked to non-medical use of anabolic androgenic steroids, even a relatively low or moderate Anavar dosage can cause problems.
Consider steroid alternatives for benefits that don’t come with the risk of severe side effects and organ damage.
Anavar effects can sometimes surprise you – and not always in a good way.