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(Clomiphene)

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  • Female infertility
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These medications are comparable to Clomid (Clomiphene) or used for similar purposes.

Clomid
(Clomiphene)

Femara
(Letrozole)

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

The Clomid FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
ClomidFemara
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.Coming soon.
Type of medication
ClomidFemara
Fertility treatment
Selective estrogen receptor modulator
Prescription only
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Available as
ClomidFemara
  • Pill
  • Pill
Used for (click to learn more)
ClomidFemara
  • Female infertility
  • Breast cancer
Risk factors for serious side effects
ClomidFemara
    • Long-term use of Clomid (Clomiphene)
    • Long-term use of Clomid (Clomiphene)
      Detailed Clomid (Clomiphene) risks & warnings »
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      Pregnancy category
      ClomidFemara
      XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

      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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      XFDA pregnancy category (Unsafe)

      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.

      See the FDA package insert
      Alcohol
      No specific alcohol-related info.No specific alcohol-related info.
      Food
      No specific food-related info.No specific food-related info.
      Kidneys and liver
      No specific kidneys and liver-related info.No specific kidneys and liver-related info.
      Sex
      No specific sex-related info.No specific sex-related info.
      Sleep
      No specific sleep-related info.No specific sleep-related info.
      Weight
      • Ovarian enlargement can occur during or shortly after taking Clomid (Clomiphene). To lower this risk, tell your doctor about any stomach or pelvic pain, weight gain, discomfort, or distention after taking the medication.
      No specific weight-related info.
      Upsides and benefits
      ClomidFemara
      • 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.
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      Downsides and risks
      ClomidFemara
      • 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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      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
      ClomidFemara
      • Be ready for a complicated dosing schedule. It's very important to take Clomid (Clomiphene) exactly as your doctor prescribed.
      • Ovulation usually occurs between 5 to 10 days after taking Clomid (Clomiphene), so make sure to have intercourse when you're ovulating.
      • Basal body temperature graphs or other tests can help you determine if you've ovulated.
      • Clomid (Clomiphene) can't be used in pregnant women, so it's important to work closely with your doctor throughout your treatment.
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