What is Clomid® (clomiphene) used for?
Clomid® is a non-steroidal fertility medicine, which is commonly used to cause ovulation in women with certain medical conditions (such as polycystic ovary syndrome) that prevent naturally occurring ovulation.
Clomid® may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should I take Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomiphene comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken once a day for 5 days, beginning on or about day 5 of the cycle. To help you remember to take clomiphene, take it around the same time every day.
Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medication.
How do I store Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomid® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Clomid® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Clomid® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Clomid® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Clomid® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this medication during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication. This medication is pregnancy risk category X, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:
- A=No risk
- B=No risk in some studies
- C=There may be some risk
- D=Positive evidence of risk
What side effects can occur from Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomid® may cause following side effects, such as:
- Flushing (feeling of warmth)
- Upset stomach
- Breast discomfort
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomid® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomid® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Clomid® (clomiphene)?
Clomid® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
These health conditions may include:
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding
- An ovarian cyst that is not related to polycystic ovary syndrome
- Past or present liver disease
- A tumor of your pituitary gland
- An untreated or uncontrolled problem with your thyroid or adrenal gland
- Endometriosis or uterine fibroids
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.
What is the dose of Clomid® (clomiphene) for an adult?
The recommended dose is 50 mg everyday initially for 5 days.
If no ovulation, treatment can be repeated as early as 30 days after previous therapy.
Dosage can be increased to 100 mg only in patients who do not respond to first course.
What is the dose of Clomid® (clomiphene) for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Clomid® (clomiphene) available?
Clomid® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
- Clomid® 50mg Tablet
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Clomid®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Review Date: June 2, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019
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