Tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and Clomid for PCT
In this article we will try to figure out the difference between Tamoxifen and Clomid, as well as which one is better and more effective for PCT. There is a lot of disagreement on this topic and it often happens that opinions differ greatly. The correctness of the choice always ensures an effective recovery period after the cycle, and this is the most important thing on the PCT.
Clomiphene citrate, also known as Clomid, as well as Tamoxifen previously known as Nolvadex, belong to antiestrogenic drugs. They are almost identical in structure, and belong to the group of specific estrogen receptors modulators. Their effect is focused on blocking the hormone estrogen by intimate association with receptors. For men, both remedies prevent the feedback of estrogen hormones on the hypothalamus and cause the production of gonadoliberin. For some reason, almost all bodybuilders are sure that only Clomid is able to stimulate natural testosterone. But practice has shown that Tamoxifen does an excellent job with this task.
In the late 70s, serious research was carried out at the University of Ghent, located in Belgium, which confirmed the advantages of Nolvadex over Clomid – in terms of increasing the amount of its own hormone testosterone in the body. Scientists were interested in the result of taking drugs when they influence the functioning of the endocrine system. It was found that if you take Nolvadex for 10 days with a daily dosage of 20 mg, you can actually increase the presence of testosterone inside the serum by as much as 142%. For comparison, Clomid in this variant would need to be taken at 150 mg daily. If we consider the price of both drugs, then we will understand how profitable it is to take Nolvadex.
The difference of Clomid (clomiphene) and nolvadex (tamoxifen)
Clomid tends to affect estrogen receptors directly in the pituitary gland and ovaries. The drug has no effect on the amount of estrogen in the blood.
Nolvadex or Tamoxifen blocks all types of receptors. Experts call Clomid a selective blocker, while Nolvadex is indiscriminate one. In simple words, Nolvadex tends to bind to estrogen receptors located throughout the athlete’s body. Clomid effectively fights the inhibitory effect of estrogens on the normal functioning of the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. Nolvadex also allows you to restore natural testosterone in the shortest possible time.
It should be said about the disadvantages of Tamoxifen. It is quite toxic and can cause lack of appetite during the cycle, unpleasant nausea, and increases the risk of thrombosis. Since this modern drug increases the number of progesterone receptors, it is not recommended to use it along with progestogenic steroids, like Anapolone, various forms of Trenbolone and Nandrolones.
Why might Tamoxifen be a better choice than Clomid? There are a number of reasons for this, which we will provide below.
Tamoxifen can restore the required amount of the testosterone hormone in the athlete’s body, with less critical effects on the pituitary gland than Clomid.
Tamoxifen reduces the amount of bad cholesterol, which is important for all athletes taking steroids.
Clomid has the ability to increase globulin levels, which is directly related to testosterone. This is bad for an athlete’s weight gain.
In terms of pricing, the cost advantage is again on the side of Tamoxifen, since Clomid is more expensive drug.
Both drugs have some drawbacks. When taken, they inhibit the normal functioning of the testicles, suppress the production of insulin-like growth factor, increase the level of globulin in the body (which bind sex hormones), and increases the concentration of estrogens by several times. And one more important point – you cannot take both drugs for too long
How and When to Take Nolvadex (Tamoxifen)
During a cycle of strong anabolic steroids, it is strongly recommended to use aromatase inhibitors. The most famous of them is probably Proviron, known to many athletes. It causes a slight increase of testosterone in the blood due to the inhibition of the undesirable of aromatization. Also it does not have a negative effect on the production of growth hormone.
At the final week and 2 more weeks after the cycle, it is necessary to take Tamoxifen as the main component of the PCT. If aromatase inhibitors are not used, one should start taking Nolvadex on the 2nd week of the cycle, and continue up to 2 – 3 weeks after the end of the cycle. In this case, 10 to 20 mg of the drug should be used daily.
There is no need to take aromatase inhibitors if non-aromatizable steroids are used. It is wise to introduce Tamoxifen exclusively at the end of the cycle.