Clomid

(clomiphene)

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Helps women to ovulate and get pregnant.

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

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Quick facts about Clomid
  • Drug class: Women's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clomiphene)

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.
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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.
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How it works

Clomid (clomiphene) promotes release of reproductive hormones.

Quick facts about Clomid
  • Drug class: Women's Health
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (clomiphene)

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Clomid (clomiphene) for Female infertility

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  • Possible side effects
  • Ovarian enlargement
  • Hot flashes
  • Stomach/pelvic bloating or discomfort
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast discomfort
  • Vision changes or blurring
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Side effect rates for Clomid (clomiphene)

From 8029 clinical trials of Clomid when taken for female infertility
  • Ovarian enlargement
    14%14%
  • Hot flashes
    10%10%
  • Stomach/pelvic bloating or discomfort
    6%6%
  • Nausea and vomiting
    2%2%
  • Breast discomfort
    2%2%
  • Vision changes or blurring
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Clomid.

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Risks and Warnings for Clomid (clomiphene)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking interacting medicines, herbal products, and foods

    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.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Clomid (clomiphene)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Clomid
XUnsafe
Food
  • 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
  • Not a good option if you have issues with your liver.