Tamoxifen citrate tablets are available with the brand name of Virtutamox. It is a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM). It is an antagonist and agonist drug, which acts as an anti-estrogen at specific areas of the body and as an estrogen in other areas.
Virtutamox is used by many anabolic steroid users and also during post cycle therapy (PCT). Use of anabolic steroids suppresses the testosterone production. PCT usually lasts for 3-6 weeks, which helps to regain the testosterone production. Virtutamox contributes to fat burning and lowers the water retention, which gives a shredded physique.
What are Virtutamox tablets used for?
Virtutamox is used as a treatment for gynecomastia.
It also prevents the formation of subcutaneous fat and reduces water retention, which may be developed due to estrogen buildup.
It is used to regain the production of luteinizing hormone (LH) and natural testosterone.
Virtutamox can also reduce the risk of side effects when steroids are taken for a longer duration of time.
How do Virtutamox tablets act?
Virtutamox acts as an estrogen and as an anti-estrogen drug depending upon the target tissue. Virtutamox binds to the specific genes on mammary epithelium tissue and reduces the DNA polymerase activity.
Continuous use of steroids decreases the number of androgens and increases the production of the female hormone i.e. estrogen. Virtutamox limits the availability of estrogen to bind to the receptor sites and reduces the amount of estrogen in the blood.
Available forms of Virtutamox
Virtutamox is available in the form of a tablet and an oral solution.
How to take Virtutamox tablets?
Virtutamox tablet should be taken as prescribed by the doctor. The drug can be taken with or without food. The usual recommended oral dosage of Virtutamox is 10 to 40 mg per day for post cycle therapy (PCT). The dosage for gynecomastia treatment can range from 20 to 80 mg per day. Dosages more than 20mg should be divided into two doses i.e. morning and evening.
Warnings and precautions with the use of Virtutamox tablets
Take the drug as prescribed by the doctor.
Bodybuilders with a history of stroke, blood clot, liver disease, high cholesterol or cataracts should inform the doctor before taking Virtutamox tablets.
Avoid consuming alcohol or using tobacco products as it may increase the risk of side effects of the drug.
Do not discontinue the use of Virtutamox medication unless told by the doctor.
Do not take the drug if allergic to any of its ingredients.
People using blood thinners and any kind of hormonal forms of birth control medications should inform the doctor before taking Virtutamox tablets.
It is necessary to monitor the estrogen levels if symptoms of virilization are noticed.
Women with advanced disease conditions are advised to monitor serum lipid levels, liver function and the symptoms of thromboembolism.
Possible side effects of Virtutamox tablets
The side effects of Virtutamox tablets are:
A persistent sore throat
The other less common side effects of Virtutamox tablets are:
Increased triglyceride levels
Decreased white blood cell count
The following are the side effects that need immediate medical attention:
Coughing up blood
Sudden chest pain
Unusual vaginal bleeding
Pain in your pelvic area
Changes in your menstrual cycle
Overdose and missed dose of Virtutamox tablets
In case of an overdose or missed dose of Virtutamox, take the next scheduled dose when you remember. In case the timing is close to the next dose, it is advisable to skip the dose. Do not take two doses at the same time. Inform the doctor before taking the drug Virtutamox as an overdose or the missed dose may result in complications or may increase the side effects of the drug.
Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should avoid taking Virtutamox tablet as it may cause adverse effects on the baby’s health. Avoid taking Virtutamox tablet while planning for a pregnancy.
The use of Virtutamox is not recommended in the people below 18 years of age.