Anavar – also known as Var, or Oxandrolone (its medical name), is one of the true ‘cutting’ steroids, in that it actively increases fat burning processes in the body.
It is favoured also for its performance enhancing properties and for the retention of strength and muscle mass even during the hardest cutting regimes.
Not only this but ‘Var’ has less side effects than most oral steroids. However, for the above reasons it is one of the most expensive underground drugs.
What Is Anavar Used For?
Anavar is actually the brand name for the generic medical name Oxandrolone. Like many oral steroids it was synthesized for medical application originally.
Patients with muscle wasting diseases and other conditions where keeping a healthy weight is difficult are given Oxandrolone.
It has been included in the treatment program for patients with AIDS and HIV for a long time.
In fact, it was the bodybuilding community’s abuse of the steroid which led to its initial discontinuation of production.
Manufacture has since started again, and it is once again being used for medical purposes.
What Are the Side Effects of Anavar/Oxandrolone?
Oxandrolone is quite mild compared to other steroids of its kind. Many bodybuilders believe this translates to its weakness as an anabolic agent.
However, Oxandrolone is not used as a bulking steroid, but one that retains muscle mass while the body is otherwise losing weight.
It even improves the muscle to fat ratio.
Is Anavar Legal Anywhere?
This is a case of what side of the underground steroid market you are on. In the USA, it is a violation of federal law to sell, possess or use.
However, the action of the police for mere personal use appears to be a subject of discretion.
In Europe and the United Kingdom, trafficking is not tolerated but at present there is no penalty for possession or personal use.
It is best to check regularly as drug laws are subject to change.
Is There an Alternative?
The supplement industry is getting closer and closer to manufacturing products which have similar benefits to anabolic steroids, but without the side effects.
Aside from legal issues and safety, the main problem with Oxandrolone is that it is the most expensive steroid.
Some companies are making steroid alternatives. You can check out our review of the Anavar alternative by following the link.