Although Anavar side effects are generally mild, especially when compared to other anabolic steroids, the potential still exists. It is important to take Anavar at the right doses, with the right stacks, and for the proper cycle lengths in order to mitigate the potential risks.
Like most anabolic steroids, one of the most concerning Anavar side effects is its hepatotoxicity. In short, this means that the compound is toxic to the liver, although only mildly. When stacking Anavar, be careful to avoid other oral steroids such as Dianabol as this intensifies the toxicity. What’s more, limiting the dose to 25mg per day for women and 50mg per day for men will help keep the liver damage to a minimum.
Common Side Effects
Many Anavar side effects occur regularly, and they include:
- Breast tenderness (men and women)
- Continued painful erections
- Masculinization (women)
- Frequent bladder contractions and frequent urination (men and women)
Sometimes, these side effects go away on their own over time. However, if you experience an erection lasting longer than four hours, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Women who experience signs of masculinization, which include a deepening voice or facial hair, should discontinue using Anavar.
Infrequent Side Effects
Some Anavar side effects occur infrequently but might still be severe. These include:
- Increased calcium in the bloodstream
- Enlarged prostate or even prostate cancer
- Anemia (more common in women)
- Bleeding risks
- Stomach and intestinal irritation
- Thick skin
- Visible bloating
- Low libido
- Leg cramps
- Abdominal swelling
- Difficultly sleeping
Again, many of the risks are mitigatable with the right doses and cycle lengths. Mild side effects like leg cramps, stomach irritation, and diarrhea may go away on their own during your cycle. Others, such as an enlarged prostate or severe anemia, may require you to stop taking the steroid altogether.
Rare but Serious Side Effects
Again, many of the more serious side effects are quite rare and liver-related, but they are still possible. These include:
- An abnormal amount of fats in the blood leading to significant heart problems
- Liver cancer
- Liver tissue death from toxicity
- Blood-filled microscopic holes in the liver
Unfortunately, some of these side effects are irreversible once they appear. What’s more, it is often difficult to tell who is susceptible to these side effects and who is not.
Who Should Avoid Anavar?
Because of the risks associated with this and other anabolic steroids, certain groups of people should avoid using them altogether. The following people should not use Anavar:
- Those who have liver or kidney diseases
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- Those with heart problems, high LDL cholesterol, or low HDL cholesterol
- Anyone who has or has had cancer
- Arterial problems
Although the risks of many of these side effects are slim, they certainly do exist. It is up to you as the user to remain vigilant when it comes to taking the steroid in safe doses to prevent many of the aforementioned Anavar side effects. What’s more, remain alert to signs of liver damage, which include jaundice and dark-colored urine.