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Clomid

(Clomiphene)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available
  • Pill
  • Female infertility
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Induces ovulation.

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Clomid (Clomiphene) works well to induce ovulation in women who have already tried other options. Be prepared for a somewhat complicated dosing schedule.

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Upsides

  • It's taken by mouth and not given as an injection.
  • Clomid (Clomiphene) is effective in women who have polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • It doesn't affect pituitary, adrenal, or thyroid functions.
  • Treatment can be repeated if it doesn't work the first time.

Downsides

  • Clomid (Clomiphene) isn't a first-choice therapy. Other options need to be tried before starting this drug.
  • A pelvic exam and pregnancy test are necessary prior to each course of Clomid (Clomiphene).
  • You can't use Clomid (Clomiphene) if you currently have liver problems.
  • Clomid (Clomiphene) isn't safe for women who have ovarian cysts or enlarged ovaries (aside from polycystic ovary syndrome).
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Side effect rates for Clomid (Clomiphene)

8029 From clinical trials of Clomid / Female infertility
  • Ovarian enlargement
  • Hot flashes
  • Abdominal-pelvic discomfort/distention/bloating
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast discomfort
  • Visual symptoms

Risks and Warnings for Clomid (Clomiphene)

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  • Clomid (Clomiphene) therapy can't be used in women who have liver disease or a history of liver damage. Talk to your doctor about other options that can work for you.

Common concerns from people taking Clomid (Clomiphene)

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