Oxandrolone is a mild, low androgen 17-alpha alkylated anabolic steroid with very low toxicity. It promotes protein anabolism and has a low incidence of adverse reactions. Oxandrolone is primarily used to promote strength, muscle hardness and quality physique improvement. In the International Journal of Obesity, (1995; 19: 614-624), it was shown that Oxandralone enhanced bodyfat reduction significantly in both the abdominal and visceral stores. Oxandrolone will not aromatize, and therefore the anabolic effect of this compound can actually promote linear growth.
The standard dosage for men is in the range of 20-30mg (2-3 tablets) per day, a level that should produce noticeable results. It can be further combined with anabolics like Stanozolol to elicit a harder, more defined look without added water retention. Such combinations are very popular and can dramatically enhance the physique. Women would be quite comfortable with oxandrolone at a daily dosage of 5mg. Oxandrolone has a half-life of 8 hours. Thus, a moderate dose taken in the morning is largely out of the system by night, yet supplies reasonable levels of androgen during the day and early evening. Alternatively, the tablets can be taken two to three times daily after meals thus assuring an optimal absorption of the substance.
Anticoagulants: Patients on anticoagulants such as warfarin should be carefully monitored during anabolic steroid therapy as anabolic steroids may increase sensitivity to oral anticoagulants which may require a concomitant reduction in anticoagulant dosage to achieve a desirable prothrombin time (PT). Anticoagulant patients should be monitored regularly during anabolic steroid therapy, particularly during initiation and termination of therapy. Warfarin patients should have INR and PT monitored throughout androgen therapy and warfarin dosages titrated to achieve the desired INR and PT. Such patients should be monitored for occult bleeding.