Anavar – A complete guide

  • Also Known As: Oxandrolone, Var, Oxandrin
  • Used For: Cutting
  • Method of Ingestion: Oral
  • Half Life: 9 Hours

A Brief History

Anavar was first produced in 1964 as a mild anabolic steroid that could be used with women and children. The drug was prescribed to promote muscle regrowth in disorders which cause involuntary weight loss. Later it was used as part of a treament for HIV/AIDS and has been shown to be successful in treating osteoporosis. In 1989 due partly to bad publicity from bodybuilding abuse it was discontinued by Searle laboratories until it was picked up in 1995 by Savient Pharmaceuticals who released it as Oxandrin. It has proven to be effective for alcoholic hepatitis, turner syndrome, protein catabolism and anaemia.

About Anavar

Anavar is a super popular cutting steroid because of its unique properties. It is the most mild oral steroid for your liver, does not aromitize so you don’t have to worry about gyno and bloating and has a minimal effect on your natural testoterone production. But its not the lack of side effects that make it great for cutting, it has strong muscle preservation and muscle repair properties allowing you to keep your muscle mass on a calorie deficient diet and maintain high levels of training. It also has mild fat burning properties. It can be used to bulk but generally its effects do not stack up against other steroids such as tren and Dbol. You can stay updated on our steroids forum as well.

How To Use

Because of its short half-life it is recommended your dosages to be split up per day. Its also best to be taken with food to avoid any stomach irritation. A course of Anavar should not exceed 8 weeks even though its very safe on the liver. You should take a liver supplement with it as well such as milk thistle or liv-52.

For Men

Men should take at least 40/mg day to see any effects but 80/mg day is a recommended dosage. Anything over 100mg is probably just overkill. It is popularly stacked with Test Prop (shorter esther than Test E) because even though it has less effect on natural testosterone production it does have some effect and testosterone helps build muscle and burn fat as well. Another popular steroid to stack is Primo as it has shown to be a good muscle builder on a low calorie diet and has a number of properties that work well with anavar (low side effects, increase libido and doesn’t aromitise). You can also stack with Tren, Masteron, Equipoise and Winstrol.

For Women

Women should take 5-20mg day with 20mg the absolute maximum that should be taken. Most women will get excellent results from just 10mg day. It should be split into 2 dosages per day because of the short half-life with one taken in the morning and the the second in the evening. Anavar is hugely popular with women because it avoids the unwanted virilization effects of other steroids as long as dosage remains under 20mg/day. An anavar cycle should not exceed 8 weeks for a women with 6 weeks being a popular cycle length and women should avoid stacking with other steroids.

Side Effects

  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholestorol
  • Acne
  • Mild appetite suppressant
  • Lower Libido

Anavar is probably the most mild of all anabolic steroids and whilst side effects are real, they are usually so mild that they go unnoticed. Even on your liver Anavar is very mild despite being a 17aa compound, (meaning that it´s been altered to first pass through your liver without being destroyed). On prolonged cycles it will raise your liver enzymes but they will return to normal post cycle. Most other side effects can be countered with OTC drugs or good habits like keeping your skin clean. If you do suffer a lower libido you can stack with Test or just wait till post cycle to get it back.


It is debated whether you need PCT for Anavar if taken by itself. However it is best to err on the side of caution and because there is a mild suppressive effect with Anavar your post cycle should consist of Nolva or Clomid. I would PCT half as long as the cycle so for 6 week cycle PCT for 3 weeks and for an 8 week cycle PCT for 4 weeks. A typical PCT could look like:

Week 1-2: Nolva 40mg/Day
Week 3-4: Nolva 20mg/Day

12 Responses
  1. GD

    Hi Jake, Firstly thanks for spending time answering questions here – its really useful. I am myself considering a cycle. I current weight 71 kilos 5’7” and sitting around 13-15% fat (male). Do you suggest 20mg (2 capsules 10mg per capsule) morning and evening for 6 weeks?

    My goal is to be on restricted calorie diet and reduce body fat by 4-5 %

    thanks in advance mate!

    1. Jake Archer

      Sounds like a decent plan, diet and exercise are still key, but the Var will help maintain muscle so you losing only fat. Var is pretty weak so you can up the dosage if/when you see necessary but 6 weeks should be plenty on a calorie deficient diet.

      1. GD

        hi Jake,

        Sorry for the late response. I have finally decided on running my first cycle as per below, your comments/ suggestion are welcome.

        Weeks 1 – 10 :
        500mg Test E per week – Split to take twice weekly
        0.5mg Arimidex – Taken EOD (or every day if symptoms of Gyno appear)

        Weeks 4- 10:
        40 mg Anavar

        Week 11-12


        Week 13-14

        50mg Clomid Every day
        Week 15-16

        25mg Clomid Every Day

  2. John Galloway

    ok so im 16 and im a boxer and i also do bjj, i train 4-5 times a week and i have always been fairly strong but i feel when i fight everyone is stronger then me i have been doing boxing for about 2 and a half years now my record is 1-2 and i was wondering if anavar would help me out. i have been researching it for along time and eveyone says anavar is the safest steroid to use but teens shouldnt use it. so my questions is what side effects would i get for taking anavar and would there be any long term issues. i dont care about stunted growth or anything im 5’5 and dont care about height i only care about long term issues. also what dosage should i take?

    1. Jake Archer

      16 is just too young. Stunted growth is the main one but hormonal and sexual issues for the rest of your life are the other problems. You need to mature naturally before playing around with hormones. What do you do for strength there are many natural options you could look at first.

  3. Carrie

    Anavar on gear-oz is capsules so difficult to split the dose. With 10mg being the smallest dose is once a day going to be okay despite the half life? I’ve been bodybuilding for years and recently gained extra weight so I’m up to 174lb, so wondering if my 100 capsules would be best used at 20mg a day to split the dose for 7 weeks? Also should I come off the oral contraceptive whilst using?

    1. Jake Archer

      Hi Carrie,

      Once a day is fine, but not optimal. Depending on your sensitivity 20mg would be more effective if the sides are not too bad. I prefer oral cycles to run under 8 weeks anyway.

      As for the contraceptive my first instinct is to stop it as they both effect the hormonal system I would say its best not to risk it. In saying that though, I haven’t given it much thought and its on my to do list to look into further. I am just providing my opinion at this stage, so don’t take it as gospel.


      1. Carrie

        Thanks so much for your reply! I’ve only just seen it.

        Made sense to me to stop the pill since they are conflicting hormones.

        I have been splitting the 10mg capsules in half for 7 days now. Not an exact science of course, but means I’m splitting the 10mg dose in the day. I’ve noticed no side effects but is it too soon to tell?. Do you think I should up the dose to 20mg now? All the research I’ve done has said not to go above 10mg per day however? If I do, what should I watch out for?
        Thanks heaps

  4. Texaco

    To add to that I am going to purchase some Anavar and maybe clen from Oz-Gear, fantastic that its guaranteed to get to me!

    I had a question. I am a male who is not skinny but also not overweight.

    I am around 13% BF. My goal is not the traditional bodybuilders body, more the Fight club type body.

    With that being said is Anavar a good choice on its own (Clen as a fat burner later on) if I want yo build some lean muscle but am happy to do it slowy and with out the goal of getting huge.

    Thank and great stuff aagain.

    1. Jake Archer

      Guaranteed in the steroid industry is not the same thing. But they do re-ship orders lost by Aus Post so I am happy to recommend Gear Oz.

      Anavar would be an excellent choice for that kind of body, make sure your training is high intensity and your on a calorie deficient diet, and the Anavar will make sure your body puts all its effort into growing muscle rather than burning it for fuel.

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