Clomiphene is a custom drug classified as an ovulatory stimulant. This drug is sometimes prescribed for women seeking to become pregnant and is used to trigger egg production (ovulation) when their bodies are not naturally producing eggs.
Clomiphene is taken orally, typically for 5 days at regular intervals starting on the 5th day of a woman's menstrual cycle. It is important to follow your physician's specific direction while taking this drug and to have your physician monitor your condition regularly throughout the short course.
Some patients may experience side effects. Be aware of any of the common side effects that occur and seek treatment if they seem to be hanging on or becoming more severe. Common side effects seen with clomiphene are:
Severe Side Effects: If you observe any of the following severe side effects get medical treatment immediately and call your physician:
Clomiphene may be contraindicated for anyone with any of the following diseases, conditions, or symptoms:
Talk to your physician before taking clomiphene if you have any of the diseases, conditions, or symptoms listed above, or other conditions that you feel are important to note.
WARNING: If you are prescribed clomiphene and begin taking it, you should not use it for more than 6 menstrual cycles as clomiphene increases the risk for ovarian cancer. Discuss the risks of clomiphene with your physician before beginning use.
Clomiphene may interact with other drugs. Be sure to tell your physician about all the drugs you are currently taking if you are considering clomiphene.
WARNING: Do not take clomiphene if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. Clomiphene usage increases fetal risks.
CAUTION: It is unknown as to whether clomiphene excretes into human milk. If you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed do not take clomiphene without first undergoing a full medical consultation with your physician about all your ovulatory stimulant options.
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