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Oxandrolone is a man-made steroid, similar to the naturally occurring steroid testosterone.
Oxandrolone is used to promote weight gain following extensive surgery, chronic infection, or severe trauma, and in other cases that result in inadequate weight gain or maintenance. Oxandrolone is also used to decrease muscle loss caused by treatment with corticosteroids and to reduce bone pain associated with osteoporosis.
Oxandrolone may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.
Oxandrolone not only can build up muscle mass but also break down fat tissue. A problem with muscle mass is that it is lost, totally or partially, after cessation of administration, especially if a post-cycle post-therapy is not followed. According to a 2004 study made at the University of Southern California, the effect of reducing the adipose layer does not have this drawback.
In the early 2000s, American endocrinologists, partially funded by the government and partly by the manufacturer of oxandrolone Savient, studied the effects of modest doses of oxandrolone on older men. The researchers wanted to determine how effective and safe oxandrolone is. Although the study involved physically active men aged over 60, it revealed interesting information for athletes using anabolic steroids.
The study showed that men gained muscle mass and lost body fat if they took oxandrolone for 12 weeks, but also that after 12 weeks of cessation of administration, the muscle mass disappeared. However, it should be remembered that they are elderly men, who have not been enrolled, who have not received any recovery after the cycle. It can be theorized that someone who would train and do a correct PCT would opt to pound some of the accumulated muscle mass.
In the study, it was observed that fat burned during the administration of oxandrolone did not recover after cessation of administration. Most of the benefits of oxandrolone are seen in the first 6 weeks, so the researchers are in favor of short cycles of up to 6 weeks.
The study we are discussing here analyzed in detail the role of oxandrol as a fat-reducing agent. Men lost 1.8 kg of fat during the administration of oxandrolone, which took place for 12 weeks. The daily dose was 20 mg.
What other drugs will affect oxandrolone?
Before taking oxandrolone, talk to your doctor if you are taking any of the following medicines:
- an anticoagulant (blood thinner) such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
- insulin or oral diabetes medicine such as glipizide (Glucotrol), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase, Micronase), glimepiride (Amaryl), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), acetohexamide (Dymelor), tolbutamide (Orinase), tolazamide (Tolinase), and others.
You may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with oxandrolone. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.