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.
Anabolic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone . Certain clinical effects and adverse reactions demonstrate the androgenic properties of this class of drugs. Complete dissociation of anabolic and androgenic effects has not been achieved. The actions of anabolic steroids are therefore similar to those of male sex hormones with the possibility of causing serious disturbances of growth and sexual development if given to young children. Anabolic steroids suppress the gonadotropic functions of the pituitary and may exert a direct effect upon the testes .