|Safest oral steroid||increases levels of LDL cholesterol|
|Delivers high quality and easily sustainable gains||at high dosage suppresses natural production of androgenic hormones|
|Enhances protein synthesis||at high dosages may be hepatotoxic|
|Reduces cortisol levels|
|Improves the usability of other anabolic steroids|
|Increases the level of red blood cells (which improves blood circulation during training)|
CHEMICAL NAME: 17β-hydroxy-17α-methyl-2-oxa-5α-androstane-3-one
HALF-LIFE: 9 hours
ANABOLIC RATING: 322-630
ANDROGENS RATING: 24
Oxandrolone has weak androgenic effects, thus causes a very strong gains in strength without excessive weight gain because the body produces almost no water retention. Oxandrolone itself does not cause a significant qualitative change in muscle mass. But according to recent studies, the resulting material is maintained in the long term. It does not aromatize in long-term use.
Structurally, it is a 17-alkylated derivative of DHT, which is unique among the steroids, unique in its substitution (replacement) of the second carbon on the A-ring oxygen (O). This small chemical change prevents aromatization and generally oxandrolone one of the least androgenic steroids with minimal side effects. As one of the few steroids promotes multiplication of muscle myofibrils, especially in long-term cycles of about 2-3 months. It is especially good in the second half of the cycle, but it can also be used on the whole. Effect on a positive nitrogen balance is also with the minimum quantities. Promotes the formation of creatine phosphate and increases its stock in the muscle. It is particularly suitable in the diet, but also in volume. Suppresses hunger and recent studies have even shown fat-burning effects.
Because Oxandrolone is a derivative of dihydrotestosterone it does not aromatizes and therefore does not cause the look of soft muscles, swollen appearance or gynecomastia in men. Also androgenic effects are minimal, even in sensitive individuals. We can say that in normal doses oxandrolone causes virtually no visible side effects. Because it does not suddenly increase muscle gains, it's suitable for users with a potential risk of higher blood pressure. Oxandrolone can sometimes cause bloating and vomiting when administered with food. Some users have also reported nausea when taking oxandrolone alone.
Oxandrolone is therefore widely used by power lifters who want to increase strength, but remain in their weight category. It is also a good choice to use in definition period, when the purpose is not gaining weight. It is valued as a very good fat burner. It is often possible to see several bodybuilders taking oxandrolone two months before the competition. It is also recommended for conditions of catabolism or loss of lean body mass associated with AIDS, cancer, osteoporosis and hepatitis.
Side effects compared to other substances are quite a bit weaker, the most frequently mentioned is acne and it has quite a strong influence on the digestive tract (at higher doses), i.e. when taking Oxandrolone often mentioned is regular diarrhea. It is a 17 - alpha - alkylated preparation that is toxic to the liver, but not in extreme (studies where Oxandrolone was administered daily in amount of 20 mg for 12 weeks, minimal effect on increase in liver values was observed).
This substance in short and low use does not affect the endogenous production of testosterone. In prolonged use testicular atrophy is quite common. (The study has shown that over 12 weeks period of use of 80 mg daily suppresses endogenous testosterone production by 67%).
The recommended dosage is 30mg to 100mg daily for 6-12 weeks. The half-life is 9-12 hours. Thus, doses are usually divided into 2 per day, one in the morning and one in the evening. This substance stays in the body for approximately 30 - 35 days.
Although Oxandrolone itself does not produce large increases in muscle, it may increase the effect of other steroids. It can be excellent in conjunction with highly androgenic steroids of Anabol type or testosterone. In combination with other non-aromatizing steroids (stanozolol, methenolon) it is suitable for muscle strength and hardness.
Athletes claim the substance is detectable for 35-40 days.