Tamoxifen Citrate is a Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM), often referred to as an anti-estrogen. It acts as an anti-estrogen in certain areas of the body while acting as an estrogen in other areas. Even though it is used by many anabolic steroid users used during steroid use to help with estrogenic related side effects, it is most commonly used during Post Cycle Therapy (PCT). Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) is the 3-6 week period following steroid use implemented to help with natural testosterone production.
Tamoxifen Citrate prevents the estrogen from binding. It won’t help with water retention or gynecomastia for all men, but that depends on how high estrogen levels go as well as genetics. If more or stronger protection is needed, Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) are recommended. AI’s are anti-estrogens that inhibit aromatase activity and lower serum estrogen levels.
Tamoxifen has severe testosterone stimulating effects. When we use anabolic steroids, we suppress our natural testosterone production, and this will occur regardless of the steroids used. This is why almost all steroid cycles include exogenous testosterone so that the negative feedback doesn’t cause a low testosterone level. Once steroid use is complete, Tamoxifen can speed up the testosterone production.
For on cycle gynecomastia prevention, 10-20mg per day is the standard range. If this dosing range does not help, it is unlikely any dose will, and Aromatase Inhibitors (AI’s) should strongly be considered.
Most Post Cycle Therapy (PCT) plans will begin with Tamoxifen Citrate doses of 40mg per day and will continue at this dose for 2-3 weeks. The dose will then be reduced to 20mg per day and will continue at this dose for 2-3 weeks. For a proper PCT it will often include another SERM, Clomid.
Tamoxifen side effects
Tamoxifen Citrate is a well-tolerated SERM by most men.
Side effects of Tamoxifen are more common in women. The most common side effects include vaginal itching, bleeding, discharge or discomfort, hot flashes, upset stomach and headaches.
Other possible side effects of the SERM’s include rash, decreased white blood cell count, endometrial changes, increased triglyceride levels and pulmonary embolism.
Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not use Tamoxifen Citrate or any SERM as use will potentially damage the developing child and with strong probability.