Bodybuilders and athletes using anabolic androgenic steroids for non-medical reasons have a higher than average potential for developing side effects and adverse reactions due to high dosages.
Before taking oxandrolone, more commonly known by its brand name Anavar, be aware of how it behaves inside your body.
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It’s rather interesting to separate the conversation about side effects into two camps: medical or research-based or the opinions, attitudes, and knowledge of bodybuilders and athletes using the drug.
There is no doubt that oxandrolone can provide a number of benefits when it comes to muscle mass increase, strength, size, and development.
That is not disputed from either group. However, in medical scenarios, dosage and oversight is carefully monitored.
In bodybuilding circles, higher than recommended doses taken for faster results are prevalent.
In the case of Anavar/oxandrolone, respect for the drug and its potential side effects are fairly similar among both groups of individuals.
The details involved in such cases however, are lacking, especially when it comes to specific reports of damage to the body caused by oxandrolone.
Before considering the use of oxandrolone/Anavar, consider the ramifications. Not just legally, but for overall health and wellness.
Compare use in regard to milligram strength, frequency of dosage, and length of use in medical and non-medical scenarios.
Only then can you make a rational decision regarding the potential of oxandrolone side effects in your case.
In medical scenarios, oxandrolone side effects were carefully monitored based on dosage.
Dosages generally started at 2.5 mg a day, but depending on need, results, and side effects, sometimes it rose to as much as 20 mg a day depending on the condition being treated.
In bodybuilding circles, an average of 15 mg to 25 mg a day is suggested.
To accelerate results even more, bodybuilders often combine oxandrolone with other steroids including testosterone in various forms, which, depending on the form of testosterone, could also increase the potential for side effects.
Oxandrolone is a popular anabolic androgenic steroid used by bodybuilders for accelerated anabolic results.
It rates very high in anabolic potential with relatively low androgenic properties. Anabolics are tissue building while androgens are sex hormones.
While bodybuilding websites and forum boards do admit that oxandrolone side effects are possible, they also recommend use of other drugs to reduce androgenic and estrogenic activity of an anabolic steroid.
For example, when it comes to oxandrolone side effects of the estrogenic nature, posters often state that oxandrolone does not promote aromatization (conversion of testosterone into estrogen) in the body.
Therefore, it doesn’t trigger progestational activities either.
One of the most common fears of anabolic steroid use is that they cause estrogenic effects such as the development of gynecomastia or development of breast tissue in men.
At the same time, oxandrolone does have some androgenic properties that may affect women more than men.
Virilization or development of male characteristics for women is a prevalent concern and can contribute to a number of side effects such as skin changes, accelerated growth of facial or body hair, enlargement of the clitoris, a deeper voice, and so forth.
Bodybuilders do admit that anabolic androgenic steroids like oxandrolone can negatively affect endocrine and metabolic functions including cholesterol levels, blood pressure and suppression of testosterone as well as cause testicular atrophy.
However, some bodybuilding websites state that when used as recommended, and for recommended periods of time (cycles), followed by rest, side effects are minimized.
Scientific research has determined that oxandrolone side effects are highly possible and prevalent, especially among bodybuilders taking the drug in higher than recommended dosages and for longer periods of time to achieve desired results.
Checking one database produced a number of articles defining, in detail, the damage of oxandrolone side effects in both animals and humans. Just a few:
Oxandrolone, like other anabolic androgenic steroids, also has the potential to increase development of blood filled cysts in the liver and potentially the spleen.
The condition known as Peliosis hepatis, can contribute to minor dysfunction, but has also been linked to liver failure, intra-abdominal hemorrhage, and death.
The possibility of developing adverse reactions are not disputed by medical groups nor bodybuilders.
Before use, carefully consider benefits when weighed against the likelihood of experiencing mild to severe oxandrolone side effects.