1. Commonly known as Nolvadex or Nolva, Tamoxifen Citrate generally serves two purposes for the anabolic steroid user. Tamoxifen Citrate is one of the most commonly used medications among performance enhancers but more often than not it is used for remedy rather than solution.
2. For on cycle side-effect prevention and more commonly for post cycle therapy (PCT) needs. Regardless of the purpose at hand Nolva is generally very well-tolerated by those who use it and this includes both men and women. Women will use it at a much lower dose and many women who supplement with Nolvadex will do so for more of an actual solution rather than remedy.
3. Beyond on cycle use the most common time in-which Tamoxifen Citrate is used by performance enhancers is during the PCT period; after anabolic steroid use is complete. Nolva has been shown to greatly increase testosterone stimulation in part by largely increasing Luteinizing release.
4. Tamoxifen Citrate is also used in medical practice to combat breast cancer.
As Nolvadex by nature performs two very specific actions it will have two very specific uses for the anabolic steroid user and each comes at a different time and serves its own unique purpose. No, the hormone does not change when we use it for one purpose rather than the other, regardless of use its very nature remains unchanged but it is the purpose of use that may vary and we will find the purpose of use to be while on cycle or during the Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plan.
For most anabolic steroid users Nolvadex will be part of a PCT supplemental plan and it is here that the SERM will serve its greatest purpose; so great we may aptly label Nolvadex as the single most important PCT medication of all time. As eluded to before anabolic androgenic steroids suppress natural testosterone production; regardless of the steroids used this will occur. It is true; some steroids will suppress more than others and while dosing and duration will play a large role suppression to some degree will exist. Once a cycle of anabolic steroids has come to an end the first order of business is to ensure natural testosterone production begins again and as fast as possible; even if your cycle included exogenous testosterone (which we highly recommend) your natural levels will still be suppressed and far from optimal. Restarting production is important largely for two reasons; what should be the most obvious is normalizing returning the body to its natural function in order to maintain proper health. Further, the faster we can restart natural production; thereby ensuring adequate testosterone is in our body the more gains we will hold onto that we earned through the cycle. It is very important to note while Nolvadex therapy is very useful for this purpose a simple PCT plan that includes the SERM will not by itself bring natural levels back to normal. Yes, it will greatly speed up the process but a standard 3-4 week PCT plan is not going to have you where you were before your cycle began.
As PCT purposes are perhaps its greatest trait it is another purpose that first made the SERM quite popular among performance enhancers and this was as an on cycle side-effect preventer and most notably as a Gynecomastia fighting agent. They do not all possess this trait but many anabolic steroids convert to estrogen via the aromatase process and as estrogen increases so can its negative effects; there is truly a fine line when it comes to the total amount of estrogen you want and can tolerate. As estrogen levels increase Gynecomastia can become very problematic but if the estrogen cannot bind to the receptors as Nolvadex will prevent, the odds of incurring Gyno as it is commonly known greatly reduce. While a very powerful Gyno preventer, for some Nolva will not be enough and many will find they need to actively reduce estrogen and inhibit it from forming in the first place; for this individual only an AI will do.
Doses & Cycles:
Depending on the period of use will determine how we cycle and dose our Nolvadex to a very large degree. For the performance enhancer while on cycle generally 10mg per day the entire duration is well-suited for the prevention of Gynecomastia but some may need a little more. However, if you need more than 10mg per day theres a good chance youre going to need something stronger than Nolva to begin with and in this case an AI is going to be in your future. While total cycle use may sound concerning to some recall from our side-effects discussion; adverse effects are not of a great concern here and extended use is very well-tolerated.
For PCT use, Nolvas absolute best period of use, the total dosing will be much higher than on cycle use and the duration of use rather short lived. In most cases the dosing will start at 40mg per day for almost any individual regardless of the extent of his cycle and in most cases two total weeks of this dosing is advised. After the first two weeks have passed a good two weeks at 20mg per day will generally be warranted and for many this will be the end of their PCT. For many this will be all the therapy they need and if you feel you need a little more time another week or two of low dose Nolva may not be too bad of an idea; it is one of those things you may have to play around with a little bit over the course of a few cycles to find what works best for you. Further, for ultimate PCT help you will find Nolvadex works very well with hCG; in-fact, in almost any PCT plan we highly recommend hCG with Nolva use, beginning and completing hCG use right before Nolvadex therapy begins. Not all cycles will require a PCT such as this; mild cycles and newbie cycles may be fine without it but even in a mild cycle such precaution will not hurt and will greatly aid you in the end.