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Helps women to get pregnant when they are having trouble conceiving naturally. Cetrotide (cetrorelix) is a fertility treatment that you can give to yourself at home, but it is expensive.Helps women to ovulate and get pregnant. Clomid (clomiphene) works well for women who cannot get pregnant because they are not ovulating.
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Side effects
  • Overstimulation of ovaries 4%
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  • Ovarian enlargement 14%
  • Hot flashes 10%
  • Stomach/pelvic bloating or discomfort 6%
  • Nausea and vomiting 2%
  • Breast discomfort 2%
  • Vision changes or blurring 2%
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How it works
Cetrotide (cetrorelix) temporarily stops a natural hormone in your body that is responsible for causing ovulation. Using it for a few days at a certain part of your menstrual cycle can make you more likely to ovulate at the right time and have a better chance of getting pregnant.Clomid (clomiphene) promotes release of reproductive hormones.
Type of medication
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
  • Injection
  • Pill
Used for
Risk factors for serious side effects
  • History of allergic conditions
  • Severe kidney disease
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  • Taking interacting medicines, herbal products, and foods
  • Current liver disease
  • History of liver disease or damage
  • Thyroid problems
  • Adrenal gland problems
Detailed Clomid (clomiphene) risks & warnings »

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

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  • Taking certain medicines, herbal remedies, or food products can cause your blood pressure to drop to dangerous levels while taking Clomid (clomiphene). This can cause you to pass out. Common items include grapefruit juice, codeine, and some contraceptives. Your doctor might have to change your medicines if you want to take Clomid (clomiphene). Please talk with your local pharmacist for a complete list of medications, supplements, and foods to avoid.
Kidneys and liver
  • You can't use Cetrotide (cetrorelix) if you have severe kidney problems. Tell your doctor before starting the medicine if you know you have kidney problems. Your doctor will need to change you to a different medicine.
  • Can't be used if you have kidney problems.
  • Not a good option if you have issues with your liver.
Upsides and benefits
  • Not a lot of side effects and they happen very rarely.
  • Can be given at home.
  • Comes as a pre-packaged kit, so it's easy to set up and use.
  • One of the few fertility medicines available as a pill rather than injection.
  • Available as a generic product and is less costly than other fertility medicines.
  • Effective for women who are not ovulating or have a condition called polycystic ovary syndrome.
Downsides and risks
  • Brand name only, so it may be expensive.
  • Can't be used if you have kidney problems.
  • Can't be used if you are currently breastfeeding.
  • Only available as an injection that must be given for a few days in a row.
  • Has to be given along with other fertility treatments, so it's not the only medicine you will receive.
  • A pelvic exam and pregnancy test are necessary before each use of Clomid (clomiphene).
  • Not a good option if you have issues with your liver.
  • Not safe for women with ovarian cysts or enlarged ovaries (aside from polycystic ovary syndrome).
  • Not safe for long-term use. Your doctor will only prescribe Clomid (clomiphene) for a very short time period.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
  • Cetrotide (cetrorelix) can be given at home, but you need to be taught how to properly draw up and inject the medicine. Your doctor will go over this with you the first time you receive it.
  • It is normal to have redness, itching, or swelling where you injected Cetrotide (cetrorelix). If you change the area where you inject it, this will be less likely to happen.
  • Never reuse the needles or syringes that come with the kit. Use a brand new needle and syringe every time you use Cetrotide (cetrorelix).
  • The best place to inject Cetrotide (cetrorelix) is around the belly button, but make sure you are at least 1 inch away from it.
  • You must store Cetrotide (cetrorelix) in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you get very dizzy, pass out, throw up, or have diarrhea after you begin using Cetrotide (cetrorelix).
  • Take Clomid (clomiphene) exactly as your doctor ordered. Timing of the doses is very important for its success.
  • Have sex when you ovulate, which happens 5 to 10 days after taking Clomid (clomiphene).
  • Can harm the fetus so talk to your doctor to find out if you need to stop taking it because you've become pregnant.
  • Shouldn't be be used for very long. Talk to your doctor if you've used this medicine 3 times with no success or if you didn't get your menstrual period after using it.
  • Can cause you to have twins, triplets, etc. Talk to your partner about this possibility before using this medicine.
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