Oxandrolone appears to offer less hepatic stress than other c-17 alpha alkylated steroids. The manufacturer identifies oxandrolone as a steroid that is not extensively metabolized by the liver like other 17-alpha alkylated orals, which may be a factor in its reduced hepatotoxicity. This is evidenced by the fact that more than a third of the compound is still intact when excreted in the urine. 405 Another study comparing the effects of oxandrolone to other alkylated agents including methyltestosterone, norethandrolone, fluoxymesterone, and methandriol demonstrated that oxandrolone causes the lowest sulfobromophthalein (BSP; a marker of liver stress) retention of the agents tested. 406 20 mg of oxandrolone produced 72% less BSP retention than an equal dosage of fluoxymesterone,which is a considerable difference being that they are both 17-alpha alkylated.
Although Andriol is not extremely common or popular among athletes and bodybuilders due to its limitations in bioavailability as well as its cost, it is a common product on the market. One particular benefit to buying Andriol is that because the product formulation is very difficult to copy, fake and counterfeit Andriol is not usually an issue. Similarly, there exist no underground lab (UGL) formulations of Andriol either, and so the only available Andriol product to buy on the market is the original pharmaceutical grade Organon product.
Aspartate Transaminase (AST) : Reference range: 8 - 40 IU/L. While AST is found in the liver, this enzyme is also found in great quantities in cardiac and skeletal muscle. Because of these other sources, AST alone is not a good indicator of liver damage. Essentially, AST does not require the entire cell to be damaged for it to enter the plasma, where ALT does. This is due to its location within the cell. If AST is elevated then there is a good possibility that the source of the AST is from muscle damage. This can be caused by myocardial infarction (heart attack), rhadomyolysis, and even resistance training. This is why slightly elevated AST levels should not be of concern if you lift frequently.