Nolvadex is the most common PCT supplement in use by bodybuilders right now. In this guide, we are going to review everything you need to know to use Nolvadex successfully during post cycle therapy.
We’re going to explain exactly which SARMs require PCT supplements like Nolvadex and Clomid, and why. You’ll learn exactly how Nolvadex and Clomid work, and which one is best for the SARMs you are using.
Plus, we will also go through Nolvadex PCT dosage and use instructions, as well as how you can use Nolvadex on cycle as well.
How Nolvadex Works
Nolvadex is the mildest and popular PCT (post cycle therapy) supplement being used by bodybuilders who are recovering from cycles of SARMs (or steroids).
Nolvadex is a mild SERM, Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator, and is officially classed as a nonsteroidal antiestrogen. It was originally constructed as a treatment for breast cancer but was then more widely used for infertility problems.
Nolvadex is actually a brand name. The active chemical is tamoxifen. If you buy Nolvadex on the grey market, you are actually buying generic tamoxifen, as Nolvadex is only available on prescription.
Just like aromatase inhibitors, SERMs like Nolvadex work by binding to estrogen receptors to lower their activity levels in interaction with the pituitary gland. So they stop the production of estrogen, which can be increased when testosterone levels drop.
This interaction with the pituitary gland also means that less follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone are produced, both of which help with testosterone production and muscle repair/growth. So minimizing this interaction is crucial to recovery and testosterone reduction levels.
Nolvadex will also stop the conversion of testosterone into estrogen in the body, giving it a double-edged attack on helping you to raise the production of testosterone, which is suppressed by many SARMs.
Using Nolvadex As A PCT
Just to be clear, some SARMs mimic the production of testosterone, which over a few weeks fools your body into thinking it has plenty, and therefore lowering its own actual production.
That’s why when you finish your SARMs cycle, you can have quite a dramatic drop in natural testosterone production. Some people who monitor this report up to 70% reduction when using very strong SARMs (I’m looking at you RAD-140!) and anabolic steroids, although for a lot of guys this is going to be far less.
Because Nolvadex is quite mild, it’s not going to help you as quickly and dramatically if you have very high levels of testosterone suppression.
In terms of actually using Nolvadex as a PCT supplement, you’re going to mostly take it post cycle. So let’s say you do a 10 week SARMs cycle, you’ll want to allow at least 6-8 of post cycle recovery (although many people advocate a gap as long as the SARMs cycle).
This will help to reverse any testosterone suppression you are suffering from. Let’s just take a quick look at the signs of testosterone suppression you need to watch out for:
- Increasing body fat levels
- Degreasing muscle mass and strength
- Irritability and mood swings
- Fatigue and feeling blue
- Depression and lack of enthusiasm for life, and even working out
- Feeling hot and flushed
- Decreasing sexual activity and sperm count
- Gyno (man breasts)
As long as you know yourself, then you’ll know if you’re starting to feel blue, irritated, and that something just isn’t right during a SARMs cycle. That’s a sign that you could be suffering from testosterone drop, but it’s only going to happen with some SARMs, and it will also depend on the dose and length of cycle as well, which I will talk more about in a moment.
Nolvadex Dosage & Half-Life
What Nolvadex does then is it bind to estrogen receptors and mitigate their activity. Nolvadex can also stop androgens from being converted into estrogen as well. The net result is a higher level of free testosterone, and increasing testosterone production.
But to do this, you have to get the dose right, and you have to take it for some considerable length of time, weeks rather than days. Mostly, you have the problem that you don’t know how much of testosterone has dropped, or when it’s recovered. But you will certainly feel a testosterone drop-in recovery, if significant.
So in terms of Nolvadex dosage for PCT, it’s actually quite difficult to quantify, because it’s very individual, and there are a lot of variables to consider. But because Nolvadex is mild, it’s good for pretty much anyone, and you can’t go too far wrong with dosing it within a sensible range.
Nolvadex (tamoxifen) has a very long half-life, up to 7 days, with an elimination range of between 4-11 days. However, despite this, daily dosing is recommended, especially at the start of PCT.
Nolvadex tends to come in 10 mg and 20 mg capsules, and this is true of the grey market tamoxifen available from sites like Swiss Chems, which also sells in 20 mg capsule format. To give you a ballpark guide, 20 mg per day for the first four weeks, followed by 10 mg per day for the next four weeks is usual.
For more aggressive SARMs that could cause higher levels of testosterone suppression, 40 mg per day for two weeks, followed by 20 mg per day for two weeks, then dropping to 10 mg per day is also something a lot of guys do.
Unfortunately, it’s going to be trial and error. For me, I’d start on 20 mg per day for a couple of weeks, and see how you do, because literally, nobody has any clue what dosage you will personally require, just keep it within the range I’ve just discussed.
Using Nolvadex On-Cycle With SARMs
Because Nolvadex is mild in terms of the number of side effects it produces (mostly just nausea and headaches), some people actually use it during a cycle of SARMs (although more usually with the far more aggressive anabolic steroids that I’ve never advise you to use).
If you’re using SARMs that are causing testosterone drop, and you don’t want to end the cycle, then an option is to start using low-dose Nolvadex to offset things until you get to the end of the cycle.
A low dose of 10 mg per day is tolerable, and will help to offset the problems around estrogen production and that horrible drop in LH, FSH, and testosterone production.
Which SARMs Need A PCT Supplement?
Added to the uncertainty around exact dose of Nolvadex you should be taken for PCT, alongside the uncertainty around the Nolvadex half-life, is which SARMs will actually cause testosterone suppression.
Part of the problem is dosage. Let’s give you an example.
Ostarine is the mildest SARM. It’s claimed it doesn’t suppress testosterone. However, that’s not completely true, because it does bind to androgen receptors in muscle and bone tissue. It’s just that at average doses it doesn’t cause suppression because it’s so mild. But some people taking high doses, especially if it’s stacked, can suffer from testosterone suppression using it.
So it’s not just as easy as saying these are SARMs cause testosterone suppression, and the SARMs definitely don’t. There are grey areas depending on the dose level.
However, what we can say is that Ostarine at doses of around 30 mg or less is not suppressive.
But for any other SARMs, especially at higher doses, or when stacked, then you will need to use a PCT supplement, and sometimes Nolvadex won’t be enough, even at doses of 40 mg per day.
Nolvadex Vs Clomid
Nolvadex is the most widely used PCT supplement by bodybuilders. The reason for that is that it’s relatively side effect free, and more suitable for the lower levels of testosterone drop that most people suffer when using SARMs.
However, when it comes to Nolvadex and Clomid PCT benefits, Clomid is definitely more potent. However, Clomid is also more likely to produce negative side effects such as extreme nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other similar problems.
My advice would really be to try Nolvadex first. I’d even go as far as to say that if it’s your first proper SARMs cycle, to get your testosterone levels tested before and after to see how much they’ve dropped. This will at least give you some clue as to what is required.
If you’re finding Nolvadex isn’t working, then you could try using Clomid instead as it is definitely far more aggressive in combating estrogen production.
Where To Find Good Quality Nolvadex For Sale
So what you’re looking for is generic reconstructions that use the actual active ingredient; and as we’ve already said the Nolvadex that’s tamoxifen.
The best place to find Nolvadex for sale (generic tamoxifen) is Swiss Chems. They sell Nolvadex for $80. That will buy you 100 capsules, each dosing 20 mg.
An alternative to Nolvadex could be Rebirth PCT. It’s not as potent as Nolvadex, but then it’s not as difficult to get hold of, and not as expensive either. It’s formed from natural ingredients which have estrogen suppressing and testosterone-producing characteristics. If you don’t fancy messing around with your estrogen and testosterone production in the way that Nolvadex will, then it’s definitely a mild alternative to consider.