Nolvadex is a selective estrogen receptor module (SERM). It prevents estrogen from binding to receptors, specifically in the breast tissue.
This DOES NOT MEAN that estrogen levels do not still become elevated in the body from certain steroids, specifically estrogenic compounds that cause gynecomastia and water retention.
What About Tamoxifen?
Tamoxifen is the same thing as Nolvadex. Tamoxifen is the trade name. Nolvadex is the compound name.
Many liquid forms or Nolvadex go by the name “Tamoxifen Citrate” rather than “liquid Nolvadex.”
How to Choose the Best PCT/Estrogen Control Compound
Sometimes it's hard to know if you need a SERM such as Nolvadex or if you need an Aromatase Inhibitor.
Nolvadex simply keeps estrogen at bay but does not prevent the formation of the estrogen from occurring.
This is where much of the confusion comes when choosing between a Selective Estrogen Receptor Module (SERM) or an Aromatase Inhibitor (AI).
Some of my suggestions on proactive forms of estrogen suppression and post cycle recovery may seem contradictory. What you need to understand is that what I would suggest to someone is based off of two things:
- What compounds they're using
- How much they're using
For example, most men using 25-50 mg/day of Dbol will find that Nolvadex is enough to keep side effects such as gynecomastia away. A small percentage of users would probably need something stronger such as an aromatase inhibitor.
Why Is Nolvadex a Popular PCT/Recovery Product?
There are many studies that show Nolvadex to be inferior to aromatase inhibitors DURING CYCLE and at suppression of estrogen, BUT SUPERIOR in stimulating the HPTA axis and restoring testicular function/natural testosterone production.
This is why you'll occasionally see post cycle therapy protocols with BOTH Nolvadex as well as an AI (aromatase inhibitor such as Arimadex, Aromasyn, Arimistane).
Nolvadex is in the picture to speed up recovery while the AI is in the equation to knock any estrogen formation down and keep estrogen from circulating throughout the body.
What's the Best Nolvadex Dosage?
A standard dosage of Nolvadex with most moderate cycles would be something like 10mg per day. If someone was using a cycle or testosterone and Dianabol then 10 mg per day is almost always enough to suffice.
HOWEVER, is Nolvadex the best product to use in this case? Not really.
My Personal Thoughts on Nolvadex
The most common questions I get asked on the site pertain to anti-estrogens, aromatase inhibitors and post cycle therapy.
I thought it'd be easiest to break down these ancillary compounds individually into easy to read articles and help clear some of the confusion when it comes to these products.
Nolvadex has it's place for guys who cannot get their hands on HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) or an AI, but it's simply not as good as AI's are nowadays.
Nolva is kind of an outdated compound and there are a host of newer and more effective products that keep water retention down and prevent gyno.
Nolvadex a dinosaur product that I'd only use if I couldn't acquire anything else (like a good aromatase inhibitor).
What's better than Nolvadex (and legal)?
When it comes to estrogen suppression, there's a legal alternative to Nolvadex that I feel is better. It's an aromatase inhibitor called Arimistane.
What is an Aromatase Inhibitor?
An aromatase inhibitor is an ancillary product that prevents the formation of estrogen to begin with.
SERMs vs AIs
What you need to know;
- a SERM (selective estrogen receptor module) will prevent estrogen binding (Nolvadex is a SERM)
- an aromatase inhibitor will prevent estrogen
What's the best AI (Aromatase Inhibitor)?
I use Arimistane and it definitely works!
Arimistane is a newer synthetic version of Arimadex. It does does everything that an AI such as Arimadex or Aromasyn does while on cycle and during recovery.
Arimistane is good for keeping water weight down as well and giving your muscles a harder look during cycle and during recovery.
Even guys who are not using steroids may have elevated estrogen levels. It's even more common if your body-fat levels are higher than average!
You can even use Arimistane as standalone product for elevating testosterone levels and decreasing estrogen levels.
Arimistane vs Arimadex
Arimistane is so effective that I don't even bother using Arimadex anymore alongside my testosterone replacement therapy.
Although I'm prescribed Arimadex by my Dr., my insurance won't pay for it and the cost of it is absolutely ridiculous!
I simply use JUST ENOUGH Arimistane to keep my estrogen in check (usually only 3-4 pills per week) and the bloodwork I get doesn't lie.
Arimistane straight up kicks ass and it can be used during a cycle as well as recovery from a cycle.
The dosage really all depends on how much of what you are using.
A common dosing protocol is simply:
- 1 capsule per day DURING cycle, and
- 3 capsules per day DURING recovery (after your cycle of steroids or SARMs is discontinued)
WHAT IF I WERE TO STILL USE NOLVADEX ON CYCLE AND FOR RECOVERY?
Here is a Sample Steroid Cycle That Includes Nolvadex for Recovery.
Weeks 1 – 12: 500 mg/week of Testosterone Cypionate, 10 mg/day of Nolvadex
Weeks 1 – 6: 25 mg/day of Dianabol (discontinue after 6 weeks and run test out until 12 weeks, continue on Nolvadex at 10 mg/day, if sex drive goes down then drop to 10 mg every other day)
POST CYCLE THERAPY (PCT)
Continue on Nolvadex as you normally would upon ending the cycle (10 mg/day, if you dropped back to 10 mg every other day then resume 10 mg everyday at this point).
Do this two weeks after your last testosterone injection:
- Increase Nolvadex to 30 mg/day for one week
- Then 20 mg/day the following week
- Then 10 mg/day for the last week
CLOMID – begin Clomid 2 weeks after your last testosterone injection and use 50 mg/day for 20 days.
HCG – HCG is always a better option to help restore HPTA function (hypothalamic pituitary gonadal axis) but not everyone has access to HCG. If you can acquire HCG then in that case I would use 2,500 iu per week, and substitute Arimistane for the Nolvadex.
In this case the HCG is superior to Nolva in helping restore HPTA, therefore I would ditch the Nolvadex and use Arimistane alongside HCG.
Wrapping It All Up On Nolvadex
Honestly speaking Nolva is just an outdated addition to a cycle or post cycle recovery stack.
If I was given the choice to either suppress circulating levels of estrogen with a SERM like Nolvadex or to prevent estrogen to begin with using an AI…
I would choose to prevent estrogen in the first place and use an AI.
I'm not saying that Nolvadex isn't enough to keep things at bay for most guys and moderate cycles, but it's not the best choice!
PCT HARD!- JD