Stacking is a popular and common practice among bodybuilders and athletes using anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and supplements.
Stacking also includes use of other drugs to either enhance benefits and results or to reduce potential side effects, depending on the type and dosage of drugs being used.
Stacks are also used in various ways during a number of bodybuilding cycles or phases such as a bulking or cutting phase, which are common among competitive as well as non-competing bodybuilders.
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It’s also known by several other names including Oxandrin and Oxandrolonum, depending on your country of origin and drug manufacturer.
Oxandrolone, as a synthetically created hormone that mimics testosterone, has both anabolic and androgenic characteristics and properties.
In medical usage, oxandrolone may be used in the treatment of wasting, or failure to thrive as well as muscle wasting side effects often associated with HIV/AIDS patients.
It has also been used as a form of testosterone replacement therapy, although newer drugs with fewer side effects have replaced oxandrolone as the initial “go to” drug for such treatments.
Bodybuilders are familiar with oxandrolone because of its ability to promote lean muscle mass development and increase retention of nitrogen in the muscles.
It also has properties that encourage red blood cell synthesis and production (erythropoiesis) that benefits not only protein synthesis, but also oxygenation to the body’s cells – vital for growth, energy, and stamina.
Anavar is an oral, tablet form of an anabolic steroid that is developed from dihydrotestosterone and is often preferred by bodybuilders during their dieting or cutting phase is as well as by athletes looking for increased in power, speed, and endurance.
In regard to dosage in medical scenarios, Anavar generally comes in 2.5 mg strength per tablet, although another form of Anavar (Oxandrin) is available in 2.5 mg and 10 mg strength. Other variants of the drug range 2.5 mg, 5 mg, and 10 mg options.
Bodybuilders commonly ingest higher than recommended dosages of anabolic steroids and Anavar is no different.
A number of bodybuilding websites recommend anywhere between 15 to 25 mg daily for up to eight weeks for use in cutting, dieting, or athletic performance benefits. Adding testosterone to Anavar can also increase results.
Testosterone with different esters such as testosterone cypionate, testosterone enanthate, or testosterone propionate, are often added to oxandrolone dosages.
Average recommendations for testosterone is 200 mg to 400 mg weekly divided into evenly spaced dosages. This combination for Anavar stacks is perceived to increase rapid muscle mass gains.
For cutting or dieting cycles, Anavar stacks may include use of steroid that don’t convert testosterone into estrogen.
Examples include Trenbolone acetate (averaging 150 mg weekly) with an ester found in brand-name Primobolan (known generically as methanolone enanthate) at 200 to 300 mg weekly.
Other recommendations for maintaining lean muscle mass gains in between cycles may include use of compounds low in estrogenic effects like nandrolone decanoate (brand name Deca-Durabolin).
Another option is a veterinary drug converted for human use (illegally) called Equipoise, otherwise known as boldenone undecylenate.
Bodybuilding forums and websites often promote not only the combination of different anabolic androgenic steroids depending on desire to goals and results, but often combine anabolic steroids with other drugs that can help to reduce side effects.
Other common drugs used in Anavar stacks include but are not limited to:
Prolactin is a type of protein also known as luteotropin or luteotropic hormone, which promotes milk and milk flow in nursing females. Such drugs decrease prolactin levels or estrogenic effects of anabolic steroids.
Reductase inhibitors such as Avodart, Jalyn, and Proscar block functions and activities of 5-alpha reductase, a type of enzyme that converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone.
Dihydrotestosterone is a powerful androgenic hormone in the body associated with the development of male physical characteristics.
The same applies to Anavar stacks. Because Anavar (oxandrolone) is a strong anabolic steroid, it can have an impact on organ function.
Though very mild in regard to androgenic effects, individuals can experience issues when using the drug depending on age, weight, body composition, health status, dosage, frequency of dosage, and length of use.
Anavar doesn’t tend to cause estrogenic or female hormone type effects such as gynecomastia, water retention, or bloating but such side effects can occur.
While the androgenic effects of Anavar are less than other anabolic steroids, not everyone experiences the same results with use.
Before experimenting with Anavar stacks, know what each component in that stack does, its potential benefits, function in the body, and overall effects it may have on hormonal, metabolic, and musculoskeletal functions.