Nolvadex 101

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 gynocomastia and water retention.

What About Tamoxifen?

Tamoxifen is the same thing asNolvadex. 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;

#1- What compounds they're using and
#2- How much they're using

For example, most men using 25-50mg/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 10mg 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.

Arimistane Dosage

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)


Here is a Sample Steroid Cycle That Includes Nolvadex for Recovery.

Weeks 1-12; 500mg/wk of testosterone cypionate, 10mg/day of Nolvadex

Weeks 1-6; 25mg/day of Dianabol (discontinue after 6 weeks and run test out until 12 weeks, continue on Nolvadex at 10mg/day, if sex drive goes down then drop to 10mg every other day)


Continue on Nolvadex as you normally would upon ending the cycle (10mg/day, if you dropped back to 10mg every other day then resume 10mg everyday at this point).

Do this two weeks after your last testosterone injection:

  • Increase Nolvadex to 30mg/day for one week
  • Then 20mg/day the following week
  • Then 10mg/day for the last week

CLOMID – begin Clomid 2 weeks after your last testosterone injection and use 50mg/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!!



17 thoughts on “Nolvadex 101”

  1. Any experience with raloxifene? Thought about checking out to reduce some gyno. I have an allergy to anesthesia (could die) so surgery is something I have to use as a last resort.

    • This is one area I do not have experience in, I’m sorry but I only speak about what I know of, good luck to you-JD

    • You are doing amazing work! Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts. This is how I run my PCT for my 4 weeks 👍. Both Clomid and Nolvadex are beneficial in there own ways for pct. Clomid 100/100/50/50mg, Nolva 40/40/20/20mg.
      So happy I could get Clomid and Nolva whenever I wanted. I just search in Google for “GETPCT365” ❤️. Just found they have Letro, Raloxifene and Arimidex. Has anyone used them for PCT?

  2. I’ve been using arimistane for quite sometime during my TRT cruise and also full-on blast cycles. I always look dry and hard with it no matter what compounds I’m using. I’ve had no issues with gyno or even the beginnings of it in any way.
    Also, from what I’ve researched, arimistane is considered a class 1 inhibitor. This means it permanently binds with the aromatase enzyme and doesn’t release it even when discontinued. Arimidex is a class 2 inhibitor and doesn’t permanently bind with the enzyme and can cause a rebound effect when stopped. Correct me if I’m wrong.

    • Let me look into that one more. But Arimistane is badass, like I’ve said before I have replaced my arimadex with it and it’s super effective

    • I wouldn’t say serious results by any means, it can help stimulate leutinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone, but to run it solo is sort of pointless. It’s purpose is to prevent estrogen binding at male breast tissue sites, if you’re not running a cycle I just don’t see much point to it. An AI (aromatase inhibitor) on the other hand is effective when ran solo. It lowers estrogen and can raise testosterone, this is what Red PCT does which is why I recommend using it even solo at 1-2 caps per day

    • I don’t understand the question. You should be complimenting other things such as prohormones with nolvadex, not complimenting nolvadex with other things

  3. Hey John Doe, great articles!
    Here’s my problem, I was on a test e and deca cycle 600/wk each. My mentor suggest hcg and nolvadex 20mg/day for pct for 40 days, After about 4 weeks I had a difficult time getting and maintaining erections and zero sex drive, And I just realized I’m getting perky bitch tits so I stopped my pct at 4 1/2 weeks. My estrogen levels must be elevated. What would you recommend? Maybe start an AI? My natural test levels are also on the low side.

    • HCG can cause estrogen elevation during use, nolvadex will keep estrogen from binding but will not prevent formation of it. My advice at this point would be to use letrozole to try and bring it down. Also, deca can cause prolactin elevation and an AI will not counter this, you need a prolactin antagonist such as cabergoline. So there are 2 issues at hand here and you need to pinpoint which one it is. Is it elevated estrogen or elevated prolactin? So my best advice would be to attack both. I would use letro at 2.5mg per day for 10 days and cabergoline at .25mg 2-3x weekly for 10 days. At that point there SHOULD BE SOME IMPROVEMENT. Once it’s knocked down you want to continue on letro and caber but at a less aggressive dose, say .25mg caber 1-2x/wk and 1.5mg letro twice weekly. Once it’s down and STAYS DOWN you can discontinue the ancillary drugs. I wish I could say exactly the issue for you, but it’s going to be 1 of the 2 and without bloodwork all I can do is provide a failsafe protocol to combat both until it subsides -JD

    • Yea, it can cause you to crash your estrogen levels. When estrogen is too low it’s not good for you. No use at all to use both during a cycle, stick to adex exclusively. However, both can be used for PCT since nolva stimulates hpta axis better than adex, but adex will keep estrogen from converting where nolvadex just keeps it from binding to breast tissue receptors

  4. Hi what would you recommend as a good pct for a first time user i get conflicted on what to use thinking just clomid would work fine is there any need for another


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