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Clomifene is used in the treatment of female infertility

How it works

Clomifene modulates the receptor for the female hormone, estrogen, in the brain. This causes the pituitary gland of the brain to release more follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which in turn stimulates the ovary to make an egg (ovulation) and helps couples to conceive.

Common side effects

Enlarged Ovary, Headache, Hot flushes, Vomiting, Bloating, Nausea, Intermenstrual bleeding, Breast discomfort

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Expert advice

  • Do not take clomifene tablet, if you are allergic to clomifene or to any other content in the medicine.
  • Do not take clomifene, if you have liver disease; ovarian cyst; any type of cancer; ovarian cyst; unusual or unexplained menstrual bleeding.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the medicine, if you are having an early menopause or if you told you are infertile; or menses have ceased due to pregnancy, underweight, or other reasons.
  • Do not take clomifene, if you have had fits or seizures in the past; polycystic ovaries or swelling in the ovaries; or hypertriglyceridemia (increased level of fats in the blood).
  • Avoid using clomifene, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding a baby.
  • Do not take these tablets for more than five days at a time.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, if you experience visual disturbances after taking this medicine.
  • This medicine should not be taken by children, adolescents, or by women who have gone through menopause.

Frequently asked questions



How long can I take clomifene for?
Clomifene should only be taken for the duration prescribed by your doctor. The drug should not be taken for more than five days at a time


Can I take clomifene without a doctor’s prescription?
No. Clomifene is a prescription drug. It is not available or sold without a doctor’s prescription


Can I take Clomid without having a period?
Clomid (Clomifene) should be taken in the absence of periods only after consulting your doctor

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Is Clomid safe?
Clomid is relatively safe, if used as recommended. In case of any side-effects, consult your doctor


Can I take clomifene if I have an ovarian cyst?
No. Clomifene should not be taken, if there is a cyst in the ovary. Please consult your doctor before use


Can I take Clomid with testosterone or metformin?
Clomifene can be taken with testosterone or metformin, only if prescribed by your doctor.

Content on this page was last updated on 22 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)