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Clomid is a medication that can be prescribed for the treatment of infertility in women. It works by causing an egg to mature and be released from the ovaries. Clomid, which comes in a 50-mg tablet, is taken once daily for five days during the menstrual cycle. Potential side effects of the medication may include hot flashes, breast pain, and vision changes.

What Is Clomid?

Clomid® (clomiphene citrate) is a prescription medication that is used as an infertility treatment for women.
(Click Clomid Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Brand-name Clomid is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis. Several manufacturers produce a generic version of the drug.

How Does Clomid Work?

Clomid indirectly stimulates the ovaries, causing an egg to mature and be released (ovulation).

Effects of Clomid

Clomid can help women who do not normally ovulate become pregnant. In clinical studies, 30 percent of women with ovulation problems became pregnant after taking the drug. Of these pregnancies, 7.89 percent were multiple births -- mostly twins (see Clomid Success Rates or Clomid and Twins for more information).

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take Clomid include:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It should be taken by mouth once a day for five days during the menstrual cycle.
  • You can take Clomid with or without food. If the medication bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
  • Your dosage should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For Clomid to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
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