Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Women's Health



Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Women's Health
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Induces ovulation.

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Our bottom line

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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  • 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.


  • 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).
How it works

Clomid (Clomiphene) induces ovulation in women by interacting with estrogen-receptor-containing tissues. It releases a series of hormones that stimulates the release of an egg from the ovaries.

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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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