Compare Clomid vs. Cetrotide

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Clomid (clomiphene)

Prescription only

Cetrotide (cetrorelix)

Prescription only
Helps women to ovulate and get pregnant.

Clomid (clomiphene) works well for women who cannot get pregnant because they are not ovulating.

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.

Upsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Injection
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Side effects
6possible side effects
  • 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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1possible side effects
  • Overstimulation of ovaries
    4%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Low blood pressure due to drug interactions
    • Taking interacting medicines, herbal products, and foods
  • Liver problems
    • Current liver disease
    • History of liver disease or damage
  • Unusual uterine bleeding
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uncontrolled thyroid or adrenal problems
    • Thyroid problems
    • Adrenal gland problems
    • Pituitary tumor
  • Vision changes or blurring
    • Long-term use of Clomid (clomiphene)
  • Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)
    • Long-term use of Clomid (clomiphene)
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  • Allergic reaction
    • History of allergic conditions
  • Kidney problems
    • Severe kidney disease
  • Breastfeeding
  • Pregnancy
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