Anavar Review: Side Effects, Dosage, Results and Where to Buy

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Anavar is an illegal steroid commonly labeled as much safer when compared to other steroids. However, most people are simply unaware of the risks.

Anavar today, remains as one of the most coveted steroids on the black market.

We strongly recommend against taking Anavar for obvious reasons (it’s an illegal steroid). Instead, we’re going to review Anvarol, a “legal steroid” from Crazy Bulk.

Shortly we’ll see if this hyped-up cutting supplement is actually effective or not.

Buying Anavar

Anavar’s also very expensive to purchase on the black market, with few labs manufacturing this compound. As a result, users can sometimes end up paying $450+ for a 4 week cycle.

Var’s adverse effects and high market price, leaves a gap in the market for a supplement which can replicate the same fat-burning effects as anavar (but without the side effects).

…And the hefty price.

Anavar’s Main Benefits

For those that aren’t too clued up on anavar and what it does, here’s the cutting steroid’s main benefits:

  • Burns fat
  • Increases strength
  • Builds lean muscle (mild effect in men, strong effect in women).


Not only is anavar a great fat burner, but it also helps bring out vascularity and assist in giving you huge pumps in the gym.

This is because anavar flushes out water collecting inbetween the muscle and skin; increasing muscle definition and pushing your veins to the surface.

This can make you look considerably more ripped, in the first seven days of using anavar.

The reason why pumps can become a lot bigger is because anavar promotes water retention INSIDE the muscles. This is good water retention, not the kind that makes your muscles look smooth or blurry. On anavar, you’ll look hard, dry and FULL.

On var your muscles will look pumped, even when you’re not at the gym. So when it is time for your workout…get ready for your muscles blow up like Arnie’s biceps in that famous scene in pumping Iron.


Some people say they don’t notice much on anavar, which I put down to a too-low dose. However, the people who said it DOES work for them also said their gains are dose-dependent (which is what I find).

For example, in my own experience, anything under 80mg will NOT result in significant fat loss or strength gains. In my opinion you need this dose or higher to save wasting your money.

Anavar vs Winstrol

Some critics question anavar, saying winstrol is a superior cutting steroid. I personally believe anavar is the ‘better steroid’, because although you can expect to build more muscle on winny; you’re also a lot more likely to experience harsher side effects (especially on the joints).

Not to mention that anavar will keep your muscles looking fuller on-cycle.

Anavar Side Effects

Anavar is a relatively mild steroid, compared to other AAS such as trenbolone or anadrol. However, anavar’s a banned substance and is illegal to buy in many countries – without a prescription (including US and UK).

However, this doesn’t stop gym rats purchasing oxandrolone illegally via pharmaceutical companies or underground labs.

Despite anavar being one of the most user-friendly anabolics, it can still cause the following side effects:

  • Decreased testosterone production
  • Hair loss
  • Acne
  • Liver strain
  • Increased LDL cholesterol levels
  • Higher blood pressure

One of the reasons why Anavar’s so popular is because its side effects are very mild, compared to other anabolic steroids. Thus, Anavar is considered a ‘safer’ steroid after decades of trials and research.

In bodybuilding circles, many believe Anavar to be the safest steroid ever created. Doctors do prescribe Anavar to children with cachexia, demonstrating its low toxicity but this does not mean that it’s illegal and unsupervised use is safe as well.

In fact, many interactions or side effects are possible when taking Anavar.

In this article I’m going to outline some negative reactions you might experience on Anavar, so you can make an educated decision on whether the pros outweigh the cons when taking this anabolic steroid.

Note: It is common for Anavar users to not experience any side effects at all, depending on the dose. However, some of the side effects below can be experienced by certain individuals.

Testosterone Levels

ALL anabolic steroids will shut down testosterone levels to different extents. How much you’ll be shut you down will vary, depending on which steroid you take.

Anavar’s one of the best steroids for keeping your natural testosterone levels as high as possible after a cycle. However, Anavar still has the potential to reduce your male hormone production, even if it’s to a small degree.

In practical terms, this may result in slightly less energy, mood, or/and motivation temporarily.

This testosterone-suppressing effect however is likely to be mild, with endogenous testosterone levels usually recovering in a matter of weeks or a couple of months.

A PCT is not generally used to help restore testosterone levels from an anavar-only cycle, as most people tolerate the drug very well.

Anavar acne/hair loss

Anavar does spike dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels which can contribute to acne and hair loss. The reason why acne can occur on Anavar is because DHT triggers the androgenic receptors in your skin leading to increased sebum production and body hair while suppressing hair growth on your head.

If you have a genetic risk to lose your hair in the near future, Anavar may accelerate this balding process.

Some bodybuilders see it as: we are all going to lose our hair, so there’s no point worrying about it. 

Medications such as finasteride can be used to significantly reduce DHT levels in the body, decreasing hair loss. However, this may result in decreased muscle gains, as DHT is a very anabolic hormone.

Some users can experience hair loss from a steroid cycle, then once the cycle has finished the hair comes back thicker and fuller. However, if you are taking high doses of Anavar or other steroids for excessive periods of time, hair loss can become permanent. If cycles are kept short and dosages remain modest, any hair thinning may be reversed post-cycle.

Note: If you are worried about losing your hair, steroids aren’t for you.

Liver Toxicity

Anavar is an oral steroid, thus some of the drug has to pass through the liver before entering the bloodstream. This can cause some stress on the liver, however, this effect is thought to be mild, due to the steroid also being metabolized by the kidneys.

Everyone’s genetics are different, thus it would be a good idea to monitor your liver enzymes on any steroid cycle. Also, it would be sensible to limit alcohol intake when taking Anavar or other oral steroids.

In Summary

In short, Anavar’s side effects are very minimal. It remains as one of the few anabolic steroids still approved by the FDA. However, like with anything in life you’ll always get some sensitive individuals or those who choose to overdose.

Thus, Anavar cannot be considered a 100% side effect free to every human on the planet.

Anavar’s typically an expensive steroid, although still highly coveted. This is due to it producing:

  • Exceptional strength gains
  • Increased muscle size
  • Enhanced fat loss

Note: Although Anavar is a relatively safe steroid to take, it is still illegal to buy for recreational purposes. It is only legal when prescribed by a doctor for medical purposes. Doctors will not prescribe this to healthy bodybuilders, thus we recommend you use a legal alternative, such as Anvarol. Anvarol mimics the effects of Anavar, with zero side effects; and it’s 100% legal.

Anavar Side Effects (In Women)

So many women use Anavar today, which is why one of its nicknames is – the ‘girl steroid’. This is because no other steroid produces such mild side effects in females.

Many women who are thinking of taking steroids are afraid of their bodies changing, eventually looking like a man. This is known as virilization – when a woman starts to develop manly features.

Anavar is one of the “best steroids” to take if you’re determined to burn fat, build muscle, and keep your feminine beauty.

However, it IS possible for Anavar to cause virilization if high doses are taken and cycles last beyond 8 weeks. Thus women should keep in the 5-10mg per day dosing range. Anything higher than this may result in masculinization. In this case, a woman may experience a deeper voice, increased body hair, and clitoral enlargement.

It’s important to note that virilization side effects are rare in women (who use moderate doses of Anavar). And even if they did occur, they aren’t permanent so as soon as you stop taking Anavar; your hormones will balance out and these male characteristics are likely to disappear.

Note: To further reduce the risk of virilization, women are recommended to cycle anavar for only 4-6 weeks.

Anavar Cycle

Anavar is often labeled as the safest steroid for beginners, causing significant fat loss and noticeable lean muscle gains. Side effects are rarely experienced by men or women on Anavar, hence how it is FDA approved in medicine.

A noteworthy side effect with Anavar is a modest decline in endogenous testosterone production. Natural test levels will not get shut down, but they will decrease. Such declines typically shoot back up post-cycle within several weeks to a couple of months.

Muscle gains will not be overly dramatic on Anavar, compared to the other compounds on this list, however, if a huge mass isn’t the goal; an Anavar-only cycle is often chosen.

An Anavar-only cycle is common among users wary of side effects and is often administered by those who are afraid of taking steroids in general (but opt for Anavar due to its high safety profile).

An example of Anavar-Only Cycle

anavar only cycle

This is a conservative dose for males during the first cycle. In future Anavar cycles, 20mg may be used from the 1st week onward; and the length of a cycle may be increased to 8 weeks.

PCT: Due to Anavar only being a mild steroid, a PCT is not essential, as users do not typically ‘crash’. Thus, hormones typically will regulate back to normal within several weeks.

Anavar Reviews

You only have to type in ‘Anavar’ into google to find pages and pages of information, Anavar reviews (15) and also land on a bunch of bodybuilding forums where people discuss the pro’s and con’s and share their body transformation results. There’s a bunch of stuff that you can read about and see how others have responded to taking Anavar and what product they’ve used.

You can go onto Youtube and watch users discuss their first experience and listen to people debate about what they think and how much they’ve taken and for how long.

There are different Anavar brands that regularly pop up online, all you have to do is go on to read the forums and see what people have used and what they think.

Even though more and more people are open to discussing their Anavar/Steriod experience, there’s definitely room for improvement and more could be shared, especially by the likes of ex pro bodybuilders, etc. Those like Lee Priest or outspoken bodybuilder ‘Aarron Lambo’ who are not afraid to speak up and reveal some of the darker secrets of the bodybuilding world.

Even though steroids like Anavar are still largely a taboo topic, it’s important to share information write reviews, blogs, articles, videos, etc, etc so that people can learn more and make better decisions before inducing powerful chemical substances.

Anavar Before and After Photos

f you take anavar and you just sit on the couch stuffing your face with twinkies, don’t expect much. Steroids like anavar are very effective, but they aren’t magic pills and still require hard-work in and out of the gym.

However, if you consistently eat in a calorie deficit and then throw anavar into the equation; you can bet it’s going to ramp up your fat loss. As an estimate, you can expect to burn 1% of body fat per week from taking anavar.

You may burn a little more fat or less than this; but the main point here is that anavar WORKS when taken by a dedicated individual.

In terms of pure weight loss, you’re probably looking at losing around 12lbs in a 4 week cycle.

And possibly approximately 20lbs when taken for 8 weeks.

Anavar Results

Lazar’s before/after (above) is a good example of an ‘anavar transformation’. I’m not saying Lazar 100% took anavar, but if you diet hard and work your butt off, these results are typical of someone taking anavar for 8 weeks.

He hasn’t gained much muscle during this transformation, he’s just lost 7% or so of body fat. As you can see, you’ll be surprised how much more muscular you can look from simply losing fat. This is why you can look so much bigger after a cut, because fat hides all your definition and vascularity.

…It also helps if you get a tan in your after photo!

Where to Buy Anavar? (Oxandrolone)

So you’ve made the choice to start taking Anavar (oxandrolone), but where can you buy it from?

There are 2 paths you can take when trying to purchase anavar:

  1. The black market (illegal)
  2. Buy a legal alternative to Anavar online

Or if you happen to be best friends with your local doctor, he might just prescribe you a cycle or two for Christmas. However, as you can imagine, this is extremely unlikely to happen.

The Black Market

Anavar is illegal in almost every country in the world, bar Thailand & Mexico. So, if you don’t live in either of these countries and you want to buy anavar – you’ll have to do some dodgy dealings via the black market.

Which in real life terms, means finding someone who sells oxandrolone down your local gym. The problem is – when you buy anavar illegally you’re putting complete faith in someone who is doing something illegal.

Thus it’s pretty common for people to get scammed when trying to buy anavar. Also anavar’s pretty rare, making it expensive on the black market. As a result, the risk is even higher when trying to obtain this steroid as dealers often cut the dose without you knowing, or sell you fillers to increase their profit margins.

So if you want to buy anavar from the black market, the key is to get a good, reliable supplier (which is difficult to come by). However, this method is not only breaking the law. but also putting your health in danger. Unethical suppliers have been the cause of users experiencing terrible side effects, by selling substances which weren’t steroids.

Is Anavar legal? 

Like with other anabolic steroids, Anavar is illegal in most countries, unless you have a prescription from your doctor.

Anavar is officially classed as a schedule III controlled substance in the U.S. However, there are companies who sell derivative versions (compounds almost identical) to anavar online. However, if you do go down this route don’t buy from companies with poorly designed websites or ones which don’t list their address, as you could get scammed. People also sell Anavar on the black market, which is where most people get it from.

Anavar in Bodybuilding

Anavar is particularly popular in bodybuilding, with it thought to be the most popular steroid on the market today. Var’s in high demand because women take it as well as men (which can’t be said about other steroids). Also people who are worried about steroid’s side effects are more inclined to take anavar as the risks are lower.

Although it’s easy for the average gym rat to buy anavar now, it hasn’t always been this way. For example in previous years anavar was hard to get hold off, especially during 1989 to 1994. This was because the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) was under pressure to tighten its grip on the anabolic steroid market. Consequently anavar became very difficult to get hold of during and as with all scarce products it pushed the price up high (resulting in less people consuming the drug).

In recent years however the price for anavar has dropped because it’s becoming easier to get hold of again. We liv in a day and age now where with a little bit of research you can simply go online and order some anavar straight to your home.

It’s popular amongst bodybuilders because anavar’s considered a mild compound. Although there are several side effects, because it’s not overly powerful or toxic, most of these side effects can usually be avoided.

Because anavar can build muscle and reduce body fat simulatenously, whilst having minimal side effects; it’s easy to understand why gym rats are popping var pills like they’re candy.

Anavar Benefits

Legal Anavar Alternative

These days you can buy legal steroid alternatives online, with manufacturers claiming to recreate the effects of anabolic steroids; but with little to no side effects. We don’t believe such supplements are as powerful as real anavar, however they won’t pose the same dangerous side effects as oxandrolone.

There are some testimonials online of customers experiencing impressive transformations from using these legal steroids.

Crazy Bulk manufacture a ‘legal steroid’ called Anvarol which is designed for those looking to burn fat and get ripped. Anvarol, like anavar, is also suitable for women to use; especially if they’re wanting to lose weight and increase muscle tone without any negative side effects.

Anvarol (Legal Anavar)

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Anvarol is a cutting supplement manufactured by Crazy Bulk, designed to mimic the same fat-burning effects as anavar (oxandrolone).

…But without the side effects.

Is this all manufacture hype? Or does anvarol’s ingredient profile warrant such high praise?

Note: Readers please be wary of supplement companies which claims to recreate the effects of steroids (with natural ingredients). Nothing natural will recreate the effects, to the same degree, as real AAS. For example, an effective natural testosterone booster might increase your testosterone levels by 40%, but this is nothing compared to a steroid increasing your test levels by 500%.

However, before we judge this supplement, let’s take a look at its ingredients.

If you want to learn more about Anvarol, an Anavar alternative, go to our full Anvarol Review.


Anavar Review: Side Effects, Dosage, Results and Where to Buy

In order for anvarol to be compared to anavar it should contain ingredients that:

  1. Will burn fat
  2. Retain/build muscle
  3. Increase strength

At first glance it’s fair to say these ingredients are very weak for a natural fat-burner (especially one claiming to replicate the effects of anavar).

Soy Protein Isolate

Soy protein is a very under appreciated protein. Some research shows it to be more effective for stimulating protein synthesis than whey or casein (if you consume it with dairy) – (1). There’s also evidence to suggest soy protein has a positive effect on weight loss (2).

However, the amount of soy protein in anvarol is minuscule. It contains 150mg in each tablet (which makes up 450mg each day). To put this into perspective, a table spoon of soy protein powder will only weigh approx 18g.

Of that 18g, 16g will be pure protein.

Thus even if soy protein was insanely effective for building muscle (which it isn’t), the dose is so tiny – it will almost certainly do nothing.

Whey protein Concentrate

Everyone knows about whey protein. This is the protein naturally found in milk (alongside casein), and the most popular protein powder amongst weight lifters.

Will whey protein speed up recovery and increase protein synthesis? Sure it will. However, this is the same story as soy protein, as the quantity of whey in anvarol is tiny (0.45 grams per day).


Studies have shown that taking 5.6g of BCAAs post-workout can stimulate protein synthesis by 22% (3). However, anvarol contains a fraction of this, with a baby dose of 75mg per tablet. Underwhelming to say the least. Even if you took the whole bottle of anvarol you’d just get enough to stimulate this very modest increase in protein synthesis.

Thus even if you took the whole bottle, you’re still very unlikely to see any muscle growth from this.

Wild Yam Root

Wild yam contains DHEA precursors, which is an anabolic hormone. The higher your DHEA levels are the more muscle you’ll build. However, there aren’t any studies to suggest that wild yam is effective for building muscle.

However, contrary to anavar, wild yam root HAS shown to increase HDL cholesterol levels and improve cardiovascular health.


Otherwise known as Adenosine 5?-triphosphate. There is evidence that ATP when taken in doses of 400mg per day, can result in increased strength and muscle thickness (4). These are certainly traits of anavar. However, here’s the catch – anvarol only contains 120mg per day. Which means you’ll be getting less than a third of the dose.

Anvarol (Anavar) Results

For those who don’t know, the main two attributes of anavar is to burn fat and increase strength. Significant increases in strength can also help in sparing muscle tissue when cutting (on low calories).

Crazy Bulk customers (below) verify this is exactly what they experienced after taking Anvarol:

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Anvarol Before and After Photos

anvarol results

anvarol customer transformation

fat loss transformation

I’ve pulled these comments and before/after pics from the Crazy Bulk website.

Note: Some of these guys have used anvarol with other legal cutting steroids in a stack for better results.

These other cutting compounds are:

How Much Does Anavar Cost?

Anavar is typically very expensive to purchase, because it’s one of the most coveted AAS on the black market. The reason it’s so popular is because it’s a very mild steroid, meaning side effects are a lot less compared to other steroids. This makes it even more appealing among beginners and women.

60 x 10mg tablets can cost $150.

Bodybuilders usually take 50-80mg of anavar per day and run it for 6-8 weeks.

So, if you’re a newbie and you take 50mg of anavar every day for 6 weeks, this can cost over $500.

In comparison, anvarol from Crazy Bulk costs $54.99 for a months worth.

Anavar Tablets (Anvarol)

My advice is to always abide by the law. Thus if you live in Thailand, you’re free to buy anavar legally. However, people in these countries need to be careful not to abuse this steroid, as like with any drug – if you abuse it, you’re in trouble.

If you’re situated in the UK, US or other countries where anavar’s illegal – you need to very careful. People DO get sent to prison for taking steroids and if you’re doing dealings in the black market you’re running the risk of going to jail and paying a hefty fine.

However, if you do know about the risks to your health and legally and you want to buy oxandrolone, all you have to do is make friends in a hardcore bodybuilding gym. After a few conversations; you’ll be sure to find someone selling anavar. The more people that can vouch for the source, the less likely you are to get burned. 

If you’re buying anavar for its ability to burn fat and you’re short on money, a more cost-efficient choice may be clenbuterol. You’re also less likely to get scammed buying clen as it’s a more common drug compared to oxandrolone.


See all references







O’Connor M.D, Thomas (2018), America on Steroids: A Time to Heal. Cheshire, CT: Metabolic Promotion LLC. pp. 57-77.

Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 376-386.

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Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 376-386.

O’Connor M.D, Thomas (2018), America on Steroids: A Time to Heal. Cheshire, CT: Metabolic Promotion LLC. pp. 57-77.

Where to Buy Anvarol


Llewellyn, William (2011), Anabolics. Jupiter, FL: Molecular Nutrition. pp. 376-386.

O’Connor M.D, Thomas (2018), America on Steroids: A Time to Heal. Cheshire, CT: Metabolic Promotion LLC. pp. 57-77.


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Dr Thomas O'Connor MD

After many years of caring for thousands of men on testosterone and anabolic steroids Dr. Thomas O'Connor created Testosteronology®, a sub-specialty of Internal Medicine. No other medical specialty offers comprehensive and personalized medical services for men on androgens; Testosteronology is distinct from Endocrinology and Urology. Testosteronology is more specific than Endocrinology, which deals with all hormones in men and women. And it is different from Urology, a surgical specialty that does not focus on the common medical aspects of how androgens effect men.

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