Although it is considered a mild steroid, Anavar® side effects are still possible, especially with prolonged use and if it is used in high doses. In the worst cases, these side effects may include liver tumors, liver cysts, and liver failure. It may also negatively affect the user’s cholesterol levels and increase the chances of coronary artery disease. Other less life-threatening side effects include insomnia, diarrhea, appetite loss, vomiting, and nausea. Some people may also experience such side effects as acne, mood swings, hair loss, urination problems, and a decreased sex drive.
One of the main Anavar® side effects is liver toxicity. If it is left untreated, such toxicity could be fatal. Some people develop cysts and tumors on their liver, while other have complete liver failure. Signs that the liver may be affected include yellow skin or eyes, dark-colored urine, tiredness, and sudden abdominal or stomach pains.
Another potential Anavar® side effect is an increase in cholesterol levels and heart disease. Because Anavar® may cause the body to retain water, it can lead to heart failure as well. As a result, a doctor will likely monitor both cholesterol, blood pressure, and water retention levels for people using the medication. If a person is exhibiting unusual increases in cholesterol, body water, or blood pressure, she may be told to stop taking the drug.
Some side effects from Anavar® affect women in particular, particularly those who use higher doses. For example, some women experience androgenic symptoms such as a deepening or hoarsening of the voice, unusual facial hair, a disruption of the menstrual cycle, and the enlargement of the clitoris. In many cases, these side effects are not reversible.
Men may experience different side effects from women. For example, they may have an erection that lasts more than four hours. Men may also have problems urinating, and they may have swollen breast tissue and discharge from the nipples. In addition, Anavar® may cause men to have a decreased production of sperm, which can lower fertility levels.
Some Anavar® side effects can be experienced by both men and women. These side effects include irritability, insomnia, diarrhea, appetite loss, vomiting, and nausea. Some people may also experience hair loss and acne. For many people, these side effects are only experienced the first few days. As their bodies get used to the steroid, the side effects lessen.
It is possible to have an allergic reaction to Anavar® as well. A rash, swelling of the face, throat or tongue, and itching may be experienced during a reaction. Some people may have difficulty breathing or may become dizzy. In the case of an allergic reaction or any other side effects, an emergency physician or a doctor should be consulted immediately.