Nolvadex (alternative name Tamoxifen) was originally developed for the treatment of women. Its medical purpose is to prevent the development of malignant tumors in the mammary gland. Today, the drug is actively used among athletes. In bodybuilding, the drug is used to reduce estrogen levels and prevent gynecomastia in men. Some athletes combine it with taking anabolic steroids, others take it as a recovery agent after a steroid cycle.


Nolvadex: benefits in bodybuilding

The drug belongs to the drugs with antiestrogenic effect, i.e. blocking estrogen receptors. Why does an athlete need it? The fact is that steroids, while increasing the production of testosterone, simultaneously increase the level of female hormones, in particular estradiol. If the symptoms are not dealt with using aromatase inhibitors (anastrozole, letrozole) or their use is insufficient, and the first stages of gynecomastia develop, then a man, instead of a spectacular muscular figure, risks acquiring sagging chest and hips, getting problems with vitality, and at the same time many other unpleasant consequences. To prevent such reactions in the case when aromatase and prolactin inhibitors are not enough, Tamoxifen is additionally used (not suitable on a course with nadrolone and trenbolone), which blocks the action of estrogens in the body.

At the same time, Tamoxifen is more affordable than its main competitor Fareston, which makes it more popular among bodybuilders, however, Tamoxifen cannot be used on a cycle with Nadrolones and Trenbolone, which cannot be said about Fareston. The advantage of the drug is also a mild effect on the body. If you do not abuse it, the likelihood of developing unpleasant reactions is minimal. To monitor the condition, it is recommended to regularly take tests for hormones.

Nolvadex and PCT

Many people use tamoxifen after a course of steroids due to the cheapness. Use allows the testicles to work faster and release their own testosterone. As a result: the own production of the male hormone is normalized, due to this, muscle mass is preserved. But here’s the catch. The direct function of tamoxifen is the repayment of estrogen levels in the body. And among its shortcomings, slow testicular function is distinguished, which indicates not the best choice of the drug for PCT. For post-cycle therapy, there is a very effective drug – clomiphene citrate, which does an excellent job and is considered more recommended for PCT. True, its cost is 2-3 times higher than that of tamoxifen, but the result is much better.

Nolvadex and PCT

Nolvadex side effects

If you use Nolvadex wisely, the drug will not bring harm to health. However, experimenting with huge dosages is highly discouraged, since Tamoxifen has toxic properties. Abuse of antiestrogen can cause:

  • fever, skin rashes;
  • disorders of the kidneys, liver;
  • disorders of the digestive tract (nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dry mouth);blurred vision (with prolonged use);
  • headache, drowsiness, fatigue.

If these or other adverse effects occur, you should stop taking Tamoxifen and consult your doctor. The disadvantages of the drug also include suppression of the production of insulin-like growth factor, testicular function, an increased risk of thrombosis, and a decrease in libido.

Nolvadex on PCT: how to take

The dosage of the drug at the recovery stage depends on the duration of the steroid cycle. Tamoxifen citrate in bodybuilding is used after any anabolics with the exception of Nandrolone and Trenbolone.

Attention! When choosing a scheme, rely on your sex hormones before the course, because if your tests indicated weak hormones before the course or below average, then you better choose the “Second Option” and, accordingly, with good analyzes before the course, choose the “First Option”.

Nolvadex on PCT: how to take

Nolvadex regimen for men after a 6-week course:

  • 20 days: 20 mg.
  • 10 days: 10 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.

The total amount of Nolvadex: 50 tab. for 10 mg. Duration of PCT: 30 days.

Reception of Nolvadex after the cycle for 8-12 weeks.

  • 10 days: 40 mg.
  • 25 days: 20 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.
  • 10 days: 10 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.

Total Nolvadex: 100 tab. for 10 mg. Duration of PCT: 45 days.

Restorative therapy with Nolvadex after a course of 16 weeks or more:

  • 10 days: 60 mg.
  • 30 days: 40 mg.
  • 10 days: 20 mg.
  • 10 days: 10 mg + 50 mg zinc + 10 mg vitamin B6.

The total amount of Nolvadex: 100 tab. for 10 mg. Duration of PCT: 45 days.: 210 tab. 10 mg. Duration of application: 60 days. After the abolition of antiestrogen for 30 days, zinc is taken at 25-30 mg + vitamin B6 at 10 mg + vitamin E at 200 IU / day. After 2 months, to control the effect, it is necessary to take tests for hormones: LH, FSH, estradiol, prolactin, total testosterone, SHBG, progesterone.