Information about the drug
Tаmoxifen is also known as Nolvadex, is an agent that effectively deals with estrogens. The level of estrogens can rise on account of such process like aromatization (the transmutation of male’s hormones to female’s). Athletes that use anabolic steroids with testosterone often notice such fact.
Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) is originally an anticancer drug that is active against some hormone-dependent tumors, such as breast cancer. However, it is important for us to know how tamoxifen works in sports, where the goals are completely different, and the mode of use is completely different.
The use of steroids increases the level of male sex hormones, in response to this, the body tries to maintain the usual hormonal balance and activates the conversion of testosterone into estrogens – female sex hormones. Estrogen levels rise.
The active ingredient of tamoxifen is an estrogen receptor blocker. Bound receptors lose their ability to respond to high levels of female hormones, which is physiologically almost equivalent to normalizing hormonal levels. In addition, due to the complex interaction of biologically active substances in the body, taking the drug indirectly increases the level of the male sex hormone.
Thus, the use of tamoxifen to increase testosterone in men is justified and gives corresponding results.
- Effectively prevents breast enlargement in men.
- Reduces the amount of adipose tissue, which explains the great popularity of tamoxifen for drying.
- It can be used to recover from a course of AAS (androgenic and anabolic steroids).
- Effective for treating feminizing side effects.
- One of the most budgetary antiestrogens.
- Relatively high toxicity, which, however, usually only appears when the recommended dosages are exceeded.
- Cannot be used for post-course therapy if trenbolone or nandrolone were used as AAS.
- Suppression of appetite.
- Nausea, indigestion.
- Decreased potency and libido.
- Deterioration of vision.
- Increased oily skin with acne symptoms.
- Hair loss.
- Increased bleeding.
- As a rule, adverse reactions are especially pronounced with prolonged use and non-compliance with adequate dosages.
It should be borne in mind that tamoxifen is hepatotoxic, therefore, in case of liver problems, you should refuse to take it, in other cases – control the level of hepatic transaminases (detected by biochemical blood analysis). Taking the drug can also lead to a decrease in the number of platelets, therefore it is recommended to periodically take a detailed blood test with a study of coagulation indicators.
The regimen for athletes is significantly different from that recommended in the official instructions, which is intended for oncological practice. The usual daily dose of tamoxifen for men is 0.01 g, but if indicated, it can be increased to 0.03 g.
Taking antiestrogens should pursue a prophylactic, not a curative goal, so you should not wait for gynecomastia or the end of the AAS cycle when the level of female hormones is already off scale. Experts recommend starting tamoxifen at the end of the first week of the AAS course, and ending on the 15-20th day after it ends.
Experienced athletes take tamoxifen after antiestrogens from the group of aromatase inhibitors: the effectiveness of this approach in bodybuilding has been confirmed by numerous favorable reviews. In this version, aromatase blockers are used from the second week of the course and thereby suppress the conversion of testosterone into estrogens. In the last week of the course, the aromatase inhibitor is replaced with tamoxifen, which, as usual, continues to be taken for another 3 weeks of post-course therapy.
Ideally, the use of tamoxifen in bodybuilding should be accompanied by estrogen control. If the indicator remains within the normal range, leave the prophylactic dose (0.01 g). If the level of female hormones is increased, the dosage should be increased until the controlled indicator normalizes.
This drug is known like loyal to the human’s organism and hasn’t hard side effects. But in the case of misuse some of them can appear.
- Sudden changes in body;
Some of these side effects are quite dangerous. For example, physicians are aware of cases when a patient had severe headaches, a significant decrease in visual acuity, blurred consciousness, and others.
There were also cases when there were violations in the work of the liver and other organs vital for a person. Such cases are very rare, but, unfortunately, they do.
That is why the drug must be taken according to the strict prescription of a doctor. As you can see, the drug has very strong side effects, so it is not recommended for people who are sensitive to its composition.
Tamoxifen analogs in bodybuilding
One of the analogues of tamoxifen in bodybuilding, which is similar in its mechanism of action and results, is clomid (clostilbehyde). Its activity is also based on the binding of estrogen receptors, but this effect has a more pronounced selectivity.
Clomid acts primarily on pituitary receptors, while tamoxifen blocks receptors located both in the pituitary gland and in other tissues of the body. This is associated with a more pronounced effect of tamoxifen for male athletes: it has been clinically proven that the testosterone level on this drug increases more intensively, which can significantly reduce the dosage while maintaining the desired result. The advantage of clomid, as the closest analogue of tamoxifen in bodybuilding, is the possibility of using it together with trenbolone or nandrolone.
This drug is medical product and requires following recommendations of using and storing. It should be stored in the cool dark place, avoiding direct sunlight. It’s also necessary to prevent applying this drug by children.
You MUST consult with your attending physician before you start using this drug. We also ask you to take into account that this drug may cause some side effects. Some of events can be life-threatening. If you notice any disturbing symptoms you should to contact with your physician. In some cases, it is necessary to stop taking the drug for a while. Also you must inform your doctor if you taking this drugs with other medicines. So physician can prescribe proper treatment and help to avoid any unpleasant adverse effects.