Numerous underground labs around the world produce the steroid, some with a better reputation than others.
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Oxanabol is a UL version of oxandrolone.
A popular trend with underground labs manufacturing synthetic anabolic androgenic steroids is to give their product a name that is similar to what it’s replicating.
In the case of Oxanabol, it is designed to replicate the function of oxandrolone (brand name Anavar).
It’s important to differentiate the “copy” of oxandrolone – in this case Oxanabol – from the original form.
For example, British Dragon markets their Oxanabol tablets as legitimate oxandrolone, but there is a difference.
Genuine oxandrolone contains a chemical or molecular formula of C19H30O3 and is available in a number of synonyms and tongue-twisting chemical names.
British Dragon and other steroid shops, while selling Oxanabol, provide definitions, chemical names, and information about oxandrolone.
While the product may be similar, they are not exactly the same.
The chemical name provided by British Dragon (as an example) defines Oxanabol with a chemical definition of (5a, 17b)-17-Hydroxy-17-methyl-2-oxaandrostan-3-one.
PubChem identifies a chemical name for oxandrolone as 17beta-Hydroxy-17-methyl-2-oxa-5alpha-androstan-3-one. Notice the difference.
British Dragon Oxanabol is not found on open chemistry databases as a pharmaceutical grade and prescription strength anabolic androgenic steroid.
Some steroid sellers will market their products as genuine and legal oxandrolone.
Oxandrolone is known by more than 75 synonyms depending on manufacturer.
It can be difficult to know exactly what you’re getting. One way to make sure is to verify the molecular formula, but this can be difficult in many cases.
It is marketed to contain 10 mg of oxandrolone in every tablet. Alpha Pharma Healthcare (UL), a major supplier of anabolic androgenic steroids to bodybuilders without a prescription, sells the product in a package of 50 tablets.
So too does British Dragon, a Thai manufacturer of underground anabolic androgenic steroids. Their product also contains tablets marketed with 10 mg of oxandrolone as the active substance.
Oxanabol is promoted to mimic the effects of oxandrolone, an anabolic androgenic synthetic hormone medically recommended in the treatment of low testosterone levels or hypogonadism.
It’s also been used in the treatment of cachexia or muscle wasting conditions such as HIV, with a reputation of its ability to enhance development of lean muscle mass and have improved retention of nitrogen and muscles.
What does Oxanabol do for those not using it medically?
Oxanabol is a relatively popular product among bodybuilders, although many prefer injections over oral administration.
It is marketed as a moderate anabolic steroid with low levels of androgen-type characteristics.
For bodybuilders, this means a reduced risk of negative side effects associated with more potent steroids that contributes to gynecomastia and/or water retention.
It has been known to cause male pattern baldness in some, but that is a mild result compared to some of the more severe health outcomes of steroid use.
Oxandrolone is not especially effective as an impressive muscle bulking steroid, but it is known to improve strength.
Its low potential for aromatization (conversion from testosterone to estrogen) also makes it a popular choice for some bodybuilders.
Women are noted to be much more sensitive to the effects of oxandrolone than men, so it could be a good choice for them as long as dosage limits are observed.
Use and dosage of any anabolic androgenic steroid is often a matter of personal preferences. Oxanabol dosage recommendations for men range 50 mg daily up to 100 mg a day. Some take more.
Dosage recommendations may be based on age, height versus weight, training regimen, and diet.
Because of its potential to trigger virilism in women, very low doses are recommended, starting at 2.5 mg a day and not exceeding 10 mg a day.
Accessing bodybuilding forum boards, users will find some suggesting a minimum dosage of 50 mg daily for eight to 10 weeks.
Another popular steroid seller only provides information in regard to a geriatric dosage of 5 to 10 mg daily used for four months – and again, this is applicable to oxandrolone.
The drug provides active benefits for about eight hours, so it is considered relatively short-acting in regard to its half-life.
Bodybuilders often take more than recommended or combine or stack it with other anabolic androgenic steroids to increase its anabolic potential while still attempting to avoid androgenic side effects.
Oxanabol is often stacked with some form of testosterone in cycles that can last anywhere from six weeks to 12 weeks for males and no longer than eight weeks for females.
Oxandrolone, and one would assume, Oxanabol, are reputed to be relatively side effect friendly, meaning that individuals who use it don’t tend to experience adverse reactions.
However, it can provoke side effects due to its (minimal) androgenic potential.