Nolvadex by Novo-Pharm, also known as Tamoxifen, is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) used as a PCT compound to restore natural testosterone production after an anabolic steroid cycle.
The mechanism of action for Nolvadex is relatively simple: it binds to estrogen receptors in the body to prevent estrogen from performing its functions and causing negative side effects.
Nolvadex has numerous positive effects that you can use to your advantage:
- Helps restore natural testosterone production while suppressing excessive estrogen in the body;
- Prevents gynecomastia development in men;
- Can help with water retention, a common side effect of anabolic steroid use;
- May help increase the body's ability to burn fat, which can be beneficial for bodybuilders, though this should not be considered the compound’s primary effect;
Despite its popularity in the bodybuilding world, you should know that Nolvadex is not an anabolic steroid and cannot provide muscle growth. Instead, it plays a key role in post-cycle therapy.
Even though it wasn’t used until 1980s as a PCT, it’s still a crime against your gains and your health to skip the PCT part (that is almost always, unless you’ve been cycling a prolactin-raising substance like Trenbolone, is based on Nolvadex).
A typical protocol is 20 to 40mg per day for 2 or 4 weeks after the cycle, with the exact dosage and duration defined by the type and duration of the steroid cycle.
It is recommended to start with a higher dosage of 40 mg per day and gradually decrease the dosage over the course of the PCT to 20 or, sometimes, as low as 10 mg. We strongly recommend never exceeding the dosage of 40mg per day.
Dosage for Nolvadex during PCT depends on several factors, including the cycle duration, potency and doses of the compounds used in the cycle, age, experience, and other personal factors. Doses of 40 mg, 20, or 10 mg every day for 2 to 4 weeks are common until testosterone is restored.
Nolvadex is often misidentified as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) but belongs to a completely different class of substances called selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMs.
It’s important to note that athletes in the past suffered more unpleasant side effects due to low testosterone and elevated estrogen as they didn't take PCT. Nowadays, Nolvadex is considered a must-have compound after any serious anabolic steroid cycle.