Toremifene Citrate is the active ingredient in a drug with the brand name Fareston (an anti-estrogen drug designed to treat breast cancer in post-menopausal women).
Because of its estrogen inhibiting effects Toremifene has also become a desirable drug for some people who use steroids; more specifically when used as a post cycle therapy (PCT) drug to prevent estrogen levels in men from rising while natural testosterone function is stimulated back to its normal levels after being suppressed by the use of steroids that have aromatizing activity (conversion of testosterone to estrogen).
However as we will see, even though Fareston is a SERM like some of the better known PCT drugs such as Clomid and Nolvadex, it has a slightly different effect on the body when used in men and it can result in a less desirable outcome for PCT purposes.
It is therefore important to consider all the functions of a drug like Fareston when considering its use for post cycle therapy, while keeping an open mind to other potential better uses of this drug during the steroid cycle itself. My Toremifene PCT guide has been broken down into the following sections:
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What is Fareston (Toremifene Citrate)?
This is a very effective Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators (SERM) drug for breast cancer in women due to the way Fareston can block estrogen from getting to cancer cells, which can feed the cells and make the cancer grow. So how does this benefit a male who uses anabolic steroids? We know that estrogen is an enemy of male steroid users, but its increase during steroid use is a common problem.
Additionally, elevated estrogen after a steroid cycle, combined with low testosterone, can bring about some drastic health effects. This makes Toremifene a potentially powerful anti-estrogen drug for use during a steroid cycle and while in theory it could be useful for PCT as well, there are some aspects to it which make it not as useful as other medications.
Because Toremifene is a selective estrogen blocker and its main target are estrogen receptors in the breast tissue, it does not work to lower overall levels of estrogen in the body.
It is not one of the more well known anti-estrogen or PCT drugs in use by steroid users, with other SERMs like Clomid and Nolvadex being more common due to the way they work more effectively to stimulate natural testosterone.
The full spectrum of Fareston’s advantages and disadvantages is still not as fully understood as other more established drugs like Clomid and Nolvadex; simply because Fareston is a newer drug and is less likely to be used by steroid users who prefer the more well known products. Fareston certainly shows promising signs that it can have its place in a steroid users bag, as long as he understands its benefits and limitations.
Editor’s Note: For real, NO-BS information on cycling steroids (full suggested dosages, recommended anti-estrogens, and post-cycle therapy) be sure to check out Straight From the Underground (my recommended underground steroid handbook). Everything in this book is based on first hand experience, not theory.
Fareston Benefits (Toremifene Effects)
As a SERM drug, Fareston is not a performance enhancement substance but is one that is considered as a useful ancillary drug for some steroid users.
Fareston has some clear benefits for anabolic steroid users. Most importantly it is highly useful in your efforts to combat estrogenic side effects that are caused by many steroids. These include development of gyno, as well as water retention and increased blood pressure. The growth of male breast tissue, called gynecomastia is the main use of Fareston. It is made to specifically target breast tissue receptors so it is here we see its greatest benefit.
Users can make use of Fareston to prevent gyno symptoms occurring, or to reduce and eliminate gyno signs if they’ve started occurring while using aromatizing steroids.
High dosages of steroids and males who are particularly sensitive to gyno development are likely to also need the addition of an aromatase inhibitor drug (AI) to mitigate gynecomastia. The negative impact of some AIs on cholesterol should be considered though, with Fareston by comparison actually having some potential cholesterol benefits as described below.
When it comes to other estrogenic side effects like water retention, and the associated increase in blood pressure it can bring about, Fareston is may not always provide enough benefit to combat these issues completely in users who are either using highly aromatizing steroids, using these steroids at very high doses, and who have a less than ideal diet.
In more moderate steroid cycles and where the diet is kept lower in carbohydrates, it can be possible to control water retention well by using Fareston and without the addition of other drugs.
An unexpected benefit of this medication is its effect on cholesterol, due to its function in the liver. Many anabolic steroids have a negative impact on cholesterol levels, causing great concern to users.
Fareston may be able to help mitigate this risk somewhat by improving lipid profiles so that LDL, or bad cholesterol levels, are reduced while encouraging the increase in HDL, or good cholesterol levels. Many steroids have the opposite effect on cholesterol making this a particularly useful drug for those steroid users who are concerned about their cholesterol health during a cycle.
Another benefit that Fareston has when compared with Nolvadex is that Fareston is not known to negatively impact on IGF-1. This makes it much more suitable to use during a steroid cycle when you do not want to be seeing your IGF-1 levels decreasing. While Fareston is a younger drug than Nolvadex and this same effect might still yet be found in the future, for now it is strongly believed that Fareston does not exhibit the same negative impact on IGF-1 levels when used for estrogen mitigation during a steroid cycle.
Fareston may have other health benefits over other SERMs like Nolvadex. Early studies show that Fareston is likely to be less taxing on the liver compared with Nolvadex. While this isn’t a huge concern for short term use, if you plan on using any SERM on a regular basis, liver health is critical to consider – particularly as many steroids can stress the liver.
There are certainly pros and cons to using Fareston. The positive benefits and effects are appealing for anyone wanting to focus specifically on preventing gyno. This is where Toremifene delivers the greatest benefit, rather than in the PCT stage where as yet it is not showing to be as strong a choice as Nolvadex.
Fareston for Post Cycle Therapy (PCT)
While Fareston has some attributes that can make it potentially useful for post cycle therapy use, for most steroids users the more commonly used drugs of Clomid and Nolvadex are usually more appealing.
There are good reasons for this and it relates to the stimulation of certain hormones which lead to the outcome we are trying to achieve with PCT: to get natural testosterone working normally again. luteinizing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone both need to be released in order for testosterone function to be restored.
SERM drugs are good at stimulating the release of these hormones, which in turn increase the amount of free testosterone circulating. Fareston however becomes a roadblock to the enhancement of these hormones, because it causes a large increase in SHBG (sex hormone binding globulin).
SHBG reduces the amount of free testosterone in circulation, which is exactly the opposite effect of what you need to be happening during post cycle therapy as your testosterone will already be critically low coming off a steroid cycle.
So while on the surface Fareston does seem to be a good choice for PCT, once we understand the further details of its functions as it relates to SHBG, it becomes clear that Toremifene is in fact a less than ideal choice for PCT, and could indeed send your progress backwards when used for this purpose. Steroid users are therefore advised to stick with other SERMs which do not increase SHGB such as Nolvadex and Clomid.
For users who might have difficulty obtaining other drugs, or who just prefer Fareston for other reasons, it is still possible to use it for PCT as long as close attention is paid to your testosterone progress.
Studies have shown that testosterone can be increased but only when high doses of this drug are used – around 60mg daily at a minimum and up to 120mg. A drug like Nolvadex requires a dose of about 20mg daily as a comparison.
Your dosage of Fareston is going to depend on its intended purpose: whether you’re using it to stop gynecomastia from developing during a cycle by blocking estrogen receptors in the breast tissue, or for PCT.
There can be a large difference in dosages between these two different uses of Fareston so it’s critical that you pinpoint what you’re using this drug for so your dose will have maximum impact.
Toremifene Dosage During Anabolic Steroid Use
Fareston can be used to prevent gyno from developing while using steroids that have estrogenic side effects. Some users might only start using this drug once signs of gyno begin, while others can choose to use it as a complete preventative. Fareston is effective at preventing or reducing the onset of gynecomastia when used as low as 30mg per day. Most users will want to increase this to 60mg daily.
For steroid users who are already seeing the early signs of gyno developing, increasing the dose of Toremifene up to a maximum of 120mg daily might be necessary to get the gyno symptoms to reverse. For many users, it is preferable not to risk gyno developing to start with. If you’re concerned about your noticeable gyno symptoms, this higher dose of Fareston used in combination with an aromatase inhibitor drug should be enough to reverse these estrogenic effects.
Toremifene Dosage for Increased Endogenous Testosterone Secretion and PCT
When using Fareston for PCT purposes, the dosage needs to be much higher than when it’s being used during a cycle to combat estrogenic side effects. The dosage for PCT is also much higher than that required from other PCT SERMs like Nolvadex in order to achieve anywhere near the results that that drug can provide for testosterone stimulation. A higher dose may put you at higher risk of side effects.
120mg per day is the dosage that will most often be required to have any positive impact on stimulating testosterone function. This PCT cycle should run for a minimum of 4 weeks, but up to 6 weeks is advisable. Many users will want to start the PCT with Fareston at 120mg daily, then reducing the dosage as the cycle goes on. The first 2 weeks should be completed at the higher dose, while the final weeks can be tapered down to 60mg daily.
Proper Administration and Timing
Whether you’re using Fareston during your steroid cycle to combat gyno and other estrogenic side effects, or as a PCT drug, you’ll want to be using it properly to get the greatest benefit. That means not only getting your dosage right, but also the timing of taking each dose.
The good news it that Fareston doesn’t come with a strict timing schedule, so it can be easily slotted into your daily routine with little planning or interruption. There are no specific requirements to take it with food, so it can be taken either with a meal or any other time of day as it suits you. The whole dose can be taken at once, and you can take it morning, night, or anywhere in between. This makes Fareston a very simple drug to use for any steroid user.
Fareston Side Effects
All drugs come with possible side effects and Fareston is no exception. Many potential side effects are listed for this prescription medication when it’s used for its intended purpose of breast cancer treatment, and many of these are the same possible side effects for steroid users who make use of Toremifene.
However the risk is considered low and this is overall a SERM that is tolerated well by most users when it is dosed sensibly – there is simply no need or benefit to using Fareston at a higher than recommended dosage.
Most of the possible side effects of Toremifene are mild in nature, and many people won’t experience any side effects. But these are the things to watch out for:
- Excess sweating
If any of the above symptoms start occurring and are causing concern, you can consider lowering your dosage of Fareston or stopping it altogether. It should be known that it’s not uncommon for some dizziness to be experienced at the start of using Fareston but this should subside within a short period of time.
More serious side effects, which are considered to be very rare, can include a reduction in white blood cell count, decrease in strength, breathing difficulties, hair loss and depression.
Fareston is considered a relatively new SERM drug, so its full profile of potential side effects is still not fully known but all evidence so far points to the majority of users tolerating this drug very well.
What is Fareston used for?
Toremifene citrate (Fareston) is used as a breast cancer treatment drug in women who are post-menopause. Because it is a selective estrogen receptor modifier it is able to specifically target receptors in the breast tissue to treat and reduce risk of breast cancer in women. Steroid users consider using Toremifene for these same anti-estrogenic qualities, specifically to help reduce estrogenic side effects like gyno.
Does Fareston have any side effects?
As a prescription medication, Fareston comes with its risk of side effects but these are considered very mild and uncommon. Only a small minority of users have shown to experience side effects and these can include increased sweating and dizziness. More serious side effects may include decreased white blood cell count, hair loss and depression; as steroid users are likely to use higher doses of Fareston, keeping an eye out for any side effects and stopping usage of the drug if any concerning problems arise.
Does Fareston cause weight gain?
Weight gain is listed as a possible side effect for women who use Fareston as a breast cancer treatment. It has not shown to be an issue for bodybuilders and other athletes who might be using it for other purposes.
Who makes Fareston?
The Fareston brand name of Toremifene citrate is made by a Japanese pharmaceutical company called Kyowa Kirin and it is sold as a prescription medication around the world.
Where can I buy Fareston?
Fareston is a prescription medication so can not be legally purchased or used without a valid doctor’s prescription. Some research labs sell this drug as a research-only liquid form which is available through a legal loophole, but still presents legal risks to steroid users. The black market is the only other way of buying Fareston.
My Conclusion and Recommendation
It’s possible to use Fareston to stimulate testosterone production during PCT, however this drug has also shown to reduce SHGB which can cause available testosterone to decrease – the precise opposite of your PCT goals. The most useful way to use Toremifene is during a steroid cycle to combat the development of gyno when using aromatizing steroids.