Post-cycle therapy PCT – a set of products and sports supplements that are used in bodybuilding and power sports with a view to minimize the side effects and complications after a cycle of steroid hormones or prohormones. Aftertreatment therapy is especially important when using large doses of hormones or received simultaneously two or more anabolic formulation.
PCT literally means after therapy cycle, but for convenience were included other components that are used from the beginning of the cycle and in the PCT formally not included.
Post-cycle therapy is:
- Restoring the natural hormonal levels – not to lose muscle mass
- Fighting rollback phenomenon
- Prevention of feminization (gynecomastia)
- Preventing the development of testicular atrophy and oligospermia
- Prevention and reduction of side effects of other
A list of drugs and post-cycle therapy supplements
- Antiestrogens – help prevent gynecomastia during the entire course of steroids and after its completion.
- Aromatase Inhibitors – taken during a course for reducing flavoring taken steroids.
- Estrogen receptor (Clomid or Nolvadex) – taken after the course to restore the synthesis of testosterone.
- Additives that increase the production of testosterone (boosters) – supplementation of data begins after the completion of steroids and lasts for 2-3 weeks.
- Chorionic gonadotropin – the drug aims to prevent atrophy of the sexual glands. Admission gonadotropin starts on the second week of the course and continues for 1-2 weeks after the end of a gradual reduction in dosage.
- Medications that protect the liver (gepatoprotektory) – used to protect the liver from toxic effect of anabolic steroids. To begin receiving these drugs should be in the second week of the course, and ends after 3 weeks after its completion.
- Omega-3 fats – contribute to the protection of the heart and blood vessels from excess cholesterol. Accepted throughout the course of treatment with steroids and 2 weeks after its completion.
- Cortisol blockers – help to stop the catabolic processes, thereby maintaining the gain muscle mass. Home supplementation data falls on the end of a steroid course and lasts for 3-4 weeks.
Sometimes an additional drug therapy is recommended to take post-cycle growth hormone, which allows ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, but these drugs are very expensive, so taking them is a recommendation. If there is a possibility to use the growth hormone, the standard swipe his course immediately after taking steroids.
In addition, you can find publications that as a regenerative therapy recommend taking prohormones. It is fundamentally wrong, since prohormones are similar to anabolic steroids. Thus, restorative therapy becomes simply extended course of steroids, during which significantly increases the frequency of side effects.
The above drugs and additives are required in the treatment and aftertreatment are arranged in order of importance. In addition, they are perfectly compatible with each other.