Anavar is the trade name for the oral anabolic steroid Oxandrolone , which is the generic chemical name. Anavar was developed and marketed during the height of anabolic steroid research between the 1950s and the 1980s. It is the apex of the never-ending quest to discover and develop an anabolic steroid that could be considered perfect. With this being said, Anavar is perhaps the closest that science has come to developing what would be considered the perfect anabolic steroid. It is renowned for its remarkable safety profile and side effect-to-benefit ratio – so much so that it is one of the few anabolic steroids deemed suitable as a medication for females and children (two patient types that are known for responding quite negatively to anabolic steroid therapies to begin with).