Anavar Dosage for Men and Women (Harm Reduction)

Dr George TouliatosDisclaimer: The following article is for educational purposes only and does not promote the use of illegal steroids. If you have any questions or concerns, Dr. Touliatos is currently available for consultation.

Anavar (oxandrolone) is one of the most coveted anabolic steroids today because of its ease of administration (being oral) and its ability to improve body composition with minimal side effects.

Achieving the optimal dose of any anabolic steroid is crucial for maximizing results while reducing harm. This is particularly important with anavar, as beginners often take this anabolic steroid and thus can be sensitive to its effects.

Anavar Dosage for Men

The optimal anavar dosage for men often ends up being higher than for women, due to men weighing more and having more endogenous testosterone. In contrast, women only need a small amount of exogenous testosterone in order to build notable amounts of lean muscle and burn fat.

We find anavar dosages for men typically range from 15–100 mg/day, with a common range being from 20–50 mg/day. We typically see results taper off, notably after 30–50 mg/day; thus, increasing it to 100 mg/day is very likely to increase adverse effects without additional results.

Anavar Cycle for Men (Beginners):

  • 20 mg/day for 8 weeks

Anavar Cycle for Men (Intermediate/Advanced Users)

  • 50 mg/day for 8 weeks

Generally, there is no need to go above 20 mg/day when cutting. However, men may try to build more lean muscle tissue by adopting a higher dose. However, in our experience, it is more beneficial to take a standard dose of a bulking steroid than to take a megadose of a cutting steroid to build muscle tissue.

Anavar Dosage for Women

It is important that women do not take excessive doses of anavar, as virilizing effects are possible. With cautious dosages, anavar is among the safest anabolic steroids for preventing masculinization. However, abusing it notably increases the chances of clitoral enlargement, deepened voice, breast shrinkage, and hair growth on the body.

Anavar Cycle for Women

  • 10 mg/day for 5 weeks

Some women may even take 20–30 mg/day and extend their cycle to 6 weeks for increased strength and muscle gains. However, doing so will notably increase the risk of virilization, and thus we do not recommend going above 10 mg/day. Treating masculinizing symptoms is difficult; therefore, it is important to prevent them from occurring rather than thinking they can be reversed at a later time.

How to Take Anavar

Anavar typically comes in 2.5, 10, or 50 mg pills. Due to Anavar’s half-life (9.4–10.4 hours), it should be taken twice per day. Thus, if your daily dose is 20 mg, one pill (10 mg) should be taken for breakast, and the second pill (10 mg) 12 hours later to keep steady peak concentrations in the bloodstream for maximum gains and fewer side effects.

Users will need to use a pill cutter if they purchase high-dose pills (50 mg).

Can You Take a Low Dose of Anavar Long Term?

We have had a couple of patients who previously took anavar all year round, taking it continuously like TRT.

There are three issues with this strategy.

This is a bad approach if you ever want your natural testosterone levels to be within a normal range again, as endogenous testosterone will never have a chance to recover.

Secondly, anavar is not the same as testosterone. Testosterone is an injectable steroid that does not pose any notable hepatotoxicity, whereas anavar is an oral steroid that does cause liver inflammation. Thus, taking anavar long-term with no breaks will significantly increase the risk of liver damage or failure.

Thirdly, if you are purchasing real anavar, it is expensive. Thus, continuously taking it will cost thousands of dollars each year (unlikely to be cost-effective).

What to Avoid When Taking Anavar

Although anavar is considered a mild anabolic steroid, our two main concerns with users taking it are heart and liver health.

Thus, it is important to avoid alcohol and any medications that raise ALT and AST enzymes. Also, eating high amounts of salt or saturated fat should be avoided, as these can exacerbate blood pressure.

Anavar should not be stacked with other hepatotoxic anabolic steroids to minimize hepatic inflammation. A duo we sometimes see is anavar and winstrol. These cutting steroids do not complement each other, as one has mild side effects (anavar) and the other has harsh ones (winstrol). Such a stack will be a challenge for any user’s liver.

Stacking anavar with testosterone, an injectable steroid, is a more suitable combination due to testosterone posing very little hepatic risk and only having modest effects on cholesterol when taken in conservative dosages.

Liver and Cholesterol Support

Anavar is one of the mildest anabolic steroids for men and women; however, it still has some negative effects on the heart and liver. This is due to alterations in LDL and HDL cholesterol (1), as well as elevated liver enzymes, signifying stress.

For maximum protection of these two organs, tudca and fish oil may be taken.

We have seen dosages of 500 mg/day of tudca be effective for minimizing hepatic strain (2) and 4 g/day of fish oil for controlling blood pressure.

Alcohol and stimulants should be avoided when taking anavar or other anabolic steroids, as this will place extra strain on the liver and heart (3).

What Results to Expect on Anavar

We have seen men and women gain 10–15 pounds of lean muscle from their first anavar cycle, combined with a body fat reduction of 2–4%.

The level of muscle and fat loss gains on anavar are determined by training, diet, and genetics.

Following a 500-calorie deficit diet will maximize weight loss on anavar.

It is not possible to track progress or gains from anavar merely via the scales. Due to its simultaneous muscle-building and fat-burning attributes, users’ weight may not change, despite their body composition improving greatly. Instead, taking pictures before and after a cycle may be the best way to see results.


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High anavar dosages are unnecessary for most users, with men experiencing great results at 20 mg/day and women at 10 mg/day. We find most men and women do not report any side effects from such doses.

Elite bodybuilders may take >50 mg/day as they weigh more than the average user and because of the pressure they are under to win competitions and provide for their families.

High anavar dosages for women may result in virilization and for men cause notable testosterone suppression, requiring a post-cycle therapy procotol.

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