Oxandrolone is a very popular anabolic androgenic steroid and is considered to be one of the friendliest in terms of side effects. This is one of the few anabolic steroids that carry with it a high rate of success among women, so much so it’s often referred to as “The Girl Steroid.” But this is a title that’s a bit misleading as it is highly effective in men, it just happens to be one of the few oral steroids women can use without major issues.
Oxandrolone is also one of the most underappreciated anabolic steroids because of its mild nature, but the lack of appreciation some steroid users hold is due to a either ridiculous expectations or simply a purchase of a poor product. Oxandrolone is one of the most commonly counterfeited steroids to have ever existed.
Oxandrolone first came to be in the 1960’s and was brought to the market by G.D. Searle & co under the name Anavar. Anavar (Oxandrolone) was originally created by a Doctor Raphael Pappo under the trademarked name Oxandrin, who worked for Searle laboratories. He created Anavar around 1964 for the treatment of multiple disease including muscle wasting. At that point, anabolic steroids were almost unheard of on the market, and he was part of the founders of the 1st few oral steroids to hit the bodybuilding scene. The compound was reported to hold numerous therapeutic benefits but ceased to exist in 1989. In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s there was enormous pressure placed on the steroid market by the FDA. Searle wa purchased ny Pfizaer and Anavar was simply discontinued the line. By the mid-1990’s almost all Oxandrolone disappeared from the market place until 1995 when the steroid reappeared through Bio-Technology General CORP (BTG) under the brand name Oxandrin. With the new brand and new ownership and a complete monopoly on the drug, BTG increased the price drastically making it one of the most expensive anabolic steroids to ever exist. In modern times the price has come down some thanks to generic manufacturing, but Oxandrolone still remains one of the more expensive steroids you’ll ever find.
Important Note: Anavar is still the most commonly used name associated with Oxandrolone. However, there is no pharmaceutical company that has manufactured Oxandrolone under that name since 1989. This is an important fact to remember should you ever be in the market.
When the AIDS epidemic began in the early 80’s, it was Anavar and Anadrol (Oxymetholone) that were prescriptions of choice when dealing with muscle wasting issues. Why? Well, Anavar produces lean gains with very little water retention, while it also increases strength, this really helped those receiving this drug.
Anavar really started to catch on big time with bodybuilders, athletes and recreational steroid users when the publication “Muscle Media 2000” (the first national magazine to talk openly about steroids) gave Anavar the highest rating in regard to benefit to risk ratio. The magazine made the point that Anavar gave incredible benefits for its very low toxicity and this “fringe” drug suddenly became the most coveted of all steroids.
The official molecular structure of Anavar is 5-alpha-androstan-2-oxa-17 alpha-methyl-17 beta-ol-3-one. When developing the formula, Raphael Pappo synthesized the drug deriving its molecular structure from dihydrotestosterone. The key difference is that an oxygen atom replaces the methylation and 2 carbon in the 17 position. Basically, Oxandrolone was intended to be a gentler Dianabol – more anabolic and less androgenic, thus eliminating many of the harsh side effects. This was accomplished by substituting oxygen for the other elements ordinarily present in dihydrotestosterone. Through this process, Pappo succeeded in creating a steroid that has one of the lowest rates of androgenicity among synthetic steroids.