If you’re looking for a side-effect friendly steroid look no further, as the side-effects of Anavar are not only mild but extremely rare. This is not to say adverse effects do not exist, they most certainly do, but in most cases, responsible use will yield only positive results. By understanding the Oxandrolone hormone that is Anavar, from there we can easily begin to see the possible side-effects, and as such, they will largely be Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) related. Of course, there’s also the issue of testosterone suppression to address as well as virilization, and we’ll cover each aspect in-order to ensure your successful supplementation.
As a DHT based anabolic androgenic steroid, the majority of the side-effects of Anavar will be similar to many other DHT derived anabolic steroids; however, with its mild nature the odds of incurring such effect are in your favor. As a DHT base, those who are sensitive to acne may find breakouts to be bothersome; most commonly this will occur on the shoulders or back, but it can spread to the chest and even face in extreme circumstances. Keeping your skin dry and clean at all times is imperative, especially if you're sensitive, and you should always change your shirt after becoming sweaty or shower immediately if possible; those who are sensitive will need an extra shower per day. Then there’s another side-effect that is also genetically based; in this case, it’s completely genetically based. DHT can have a negative effect on your hair follicles and deteriorate them causing hair-loss; however, there’s more to say. This is only possible in men who are predisposed to male-pattern baldness; meaning, you were going to lose your hair anyway, but the DHT compound may speed it up. If you are predisposed, the use of the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor Finasteride commonly sold under the trade names Proscar and Propecia can offer protection. While Finasteride can protect your hair-line, it is a strong androgen suppressor and caution is advised. As a final note on hair-loss; men who are not predisposed to male-pattern baldness will not lose the first hair on their head.
Then we have the most serious DHT related effect, and it is prostate enlargement. Large buildups of DHT can cause this condition; however, it will take massive amounts of Anavar for extremely large periods of time to cause such a reaction. In any case, if you suffer from an enlarged prostate, you should not supplement with Anavar to begin with; further, if for any reason your prostate does become enlarged due to supplementation there is hope. This is where the 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor Finasteride can actually prove to be tremendously useful; six months of Finasteride therapy has been shown to significantly reduce prostate enlargement; in many case, completely.
The side-effects of Anavar do include virilization; this refers to masculine traits in females developing. While virilization is possible, thankfully this steroid holds a tremendously low rate and most women who supplement responsibly will not have a problem. Even so, if symptoms do manifest, and large doses will assure them all hope is not lost. If you discontinue the use of Anavar at the onset of symptoms, they will dissipate rapidly and all will return to normal; however, if you ignore them, you may find you have a permanent problem. In order to remain safe, most women will find 10mg per day for six to eight weeks to be perfect; doses can increase but should not unless a positive experience is enjoyed with the 10mg per day dosing. For those that want more, 15mg per day should be the next step, with the possible 20mg dose later on, but you need to understand an element of truth. Each increase above 10mg per day significantly increases the risk of virilization, and anything above 20mg assures it at some level; even so, most women will receive all they need from 10mg per day safely and effectively.
Like most oral anabolic steroids, Anavar carries a hepatotoxic nature due to its C17-alpha alkylated (C17-aa) nature; however, in this case, such a nature is truly mild. Therapeutic doses will rarely increase liver enzyme values, and performance doses will normally not yield a large increase; even so, there are rules to follow. First and foremost, supplement with responsible doses, and at all cost avoid excess alcohol consumption. Further, avoiding all Over the Counter (OTC) medications where possible is advised as many OTC medications carry a much stronger hepatotoxic nature than Anavar. If you can do these things, and there’s no reason you can’t, while your liver enzyme values may increase they will return to normal shortly after supplementation is discontinued.
It is often assumed the side-effects of Anavar do not include testosterone suppression; this simply isn’t true. What is true is the Oxandrolone hormone has a very mild effect on your HPTA; it is mild, but it will affect it to a degree. Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) will both be suppressed, but Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) will not. This is all important to note for a few reasons; with low to moderate doses, you may be able to supplement with Anavar and only Anavar without the need of exogenous testosterone supplementation; however, there are exceptions. For true performance doses, especially if other anabolic steroids are involved men will need at least enough exogenous testosterone to meet your body’s needs; failure to do so will result in an extremely unhealthy low testosterone condition.