Clomid (Clomiphene)Brand Names: Clomid, Serophene
Related Medications: Bravelle, Cetrotide, Crinone, Fertinex, Follistim, Gonal-F, Gonal-f RFF, Ovidrel, Pregnyl
Clomid is a well-known medication taken by women to stimulate their ovulation if they are diagnosed with ovulatory dysfunction and when they have normal liver functioning, are not pregnant and don’t have any abnormal bleeding. It’s important to get more information about possible side effects, risky drug interactions and doses before starting this treatment.
Basically, it’s a non-steroidal fertility medication that works by causing pituitary gland to produce more hormones necessary to stimulate women’s ovulation, which is all about releasing eggs from ovaries. That’s why this medicine is often taken to stimulate ovulation if female patients have certain health conditions, including polycystic ovary syndrome that prevents their natural ovulation from occurring. Clomid functions by binding to estrogen receptors, and its use was approved by the FDA almost 50 years ago.
Just like all other drugs, the intake of Clomid is associated with certain unwanted symptoms, including:
However, these side effects are rare and often mild. If patients notice any of these symptoms, and they persist or worsen, it’s necessary to call their doctors at once.
Most doctors prescribe their female patients to take 50-100 mg of this medicine for 5 days, and their initial dosage can be increased based on a set of important factors, such as their individual response. Clomid is available in the form of standard tablets that contain 50 mg of its active components. The first dose of this medication must be taken on the fifth day of a menstrual period, and women are obliged to follow the instructions of their physicians to get the most out of this treatment. They need to have their full pelvic examination before every treatment cycle and remain under the care of their doctors while taking Clomid.
Most female patients are likely to ovulate within 5-10 days after using this medicine, and if they want to boost their chances to get pregnant, it’s advisable to have a sexual intercourse while ovulating. Sometimes, women need to monitor their temperature and record their everyday readings to determine the best periods of ovulation. In many cases, Clomid is not taken for more than 3 cycles.
There are certain drug combinations that should be avoided while undergoing this treatment in addition to important precautions. For example, women are not allowed to use Clomid if they have allergies to it, abnormal vaginal bleeding, liver conditions, ovarian cysts, tumors, thyroid and adrenal problems, and if they are already pregnant. They also need to inform their doctors if they have uterine and endometriosis fibrosis.