What Other Medications Did Your Doctor Prescribe Along with Clomid?

Updated on October 30, 2009
A.L. asks from Anna, OH
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I am just starting my second round of clomid. I was researching all I can on message boards about clomid and I can't find any information on what medications others have taken along with the clomid. I'm supposed to take (I apologize in advance for the spelling...) tamoxiphan, ampicilln, vit B6, omega 3, mucinex, progesterone, green tea extract and prenatal vitamins. (not all on the same days) Is this normal? I'm starting to feel very overwhelmed by everything. I desperately want another child, but feel like I should just be grateful for the two I already have. It's also getting expensive and I can't afford to get the ultrasounds the dr wants to do, just getting the blood test on day 23. Has anyone heard that miscarrages are mroe likely while taking clomid? Does taking progesterone too early really keep you from ovulating? Sorry for all the ?'s, I'm just so confused!

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answers from Minneapolis on

I too am sorry that you are having a difficult time getting pregnant. I wouldn't wish fertility issues on anyone who wants to have a child, no matter how many children they already have.

I had fertility issues and wound up seeing a specialist to get pregnant with both of my girls. Clomid worked for me in combination with an HCG trigger shot and intrauterine insemination (IUI). I'll tell you what I know, but you have a lot of good questions that could probably be best answered by your doctor. Usually they have literature to give you regarding the meds you are taking for fertility issues. Are you seeing your regular doctor/OB or an RE? I would highly recommend the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM)- they have top-notch fertility specialists in both Minneapolis and St. Paul. I saw Dr. Kuneck, and I know several people that have had success with other doctors there as well.

I don't know the specifics of some of the drugs you are to take but over my 4 year fertility journey I have seen people talk about all of them on message boards that are related to fertility. Mucinex helps increase your cervical mucus, which is often dried up as a side effect of Clomid. I think green tea extract is also thought to have positive effects on cervical mucus. Some people drink a lot of green tea while trying to conceive. I did, figured it couldn't hurt! I took progesterone after ovulation and the iui to help build and keep the lining of the uterus healthy and continued it throughout my first trimester. You can take progesterone orally, via injection, or vaginal suppositories.

A couple of questions/things for you to think about, since you didn't mention in your post. Did your doctor do a fertility workup to identify your ovulation issues, and do you know why your doctor prescribed Clomid vs. something else? Has your doctor done a "Clomid Challenge Test" to see how your body responds to it? If you are unsure, Google it -there is a lot of info out there. Clomid works for many people, but there are many others that don't respond well to it. It also will help your doctor find the right dosage for you. Have you had a HSG or other test to see if there are any blockages in your fallopian tubes or uterus? If you are taking ANY fertility drugs, you should be having bloodwork done throughout your cycle to monitor your hormone levels, usually starting by day 3. And while expensive, the ultrasounds are vital for many reasons: to check to see that your follicles are growing, to measure their size and rate of growth, to make sure your ovaries aren't hyperstimulated and producing too many of them, to name a few reasons.

I don't mean to sound harsh, but nobody should be taking fertility drugs if they aren't going to be monitored in some way while they are taking effect. From your post, it doesn't sound like you have been told very much about the drugs/supplements you are to take, and it doesn't seem like you are being monitored throughout your cycle.

It's a lot to think about and I'm sorry if I come off as preachy. Lastly, I agree with the other poster that recommended the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility. It's what helped me figure out that I have ovulation issues in the first place.

Best wishes to you.



answers from Rochester on

I know this post is coming very late, but I just wanted to correct something a previous poster said. Jeanette said that if you are on fertility drugs you should be getting blood work and ultrasounds. That is not necessarily true, and you need to go by whatever your doctor recommends. Certainly ask them about it, but if they say you don't need it, then you don't need it. I am seeing a fertility doctor and am getting started on Clomid. I had heard about the blood tests, and ultrasounds, etc. and asked my dr. about them when he told me he wanted to start me on Clomid. In my situation, I don't need to get the blood tests or ultrasounds at this point. Now, this is probably because I've already had one child without any problems, and I have regular periods. I'm not on any other medications besides the Clomid. Everyone's situation is different, so I just wanted to mention this mostly for other people who will look at this posting. I did ask my doctor whether miscarriages are more likely when taking Clomid, and he said that people who are taking it are already having fertility problems, but that really I shouldn't expect to have any more miscarriages with it than without it. I hope that helps! Hopefully you're already pregnant and not having any issues! Happy trying! =)



answers from Janesville-Beloit on

Hi Angie,

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I went through the same thing and nothing is more upsetting, except for maybe the advice of "just relax and you will get pregnant." I was on clomid for 8 months and had horrible mood reactions to it only to find out that clomid would not work for me. In very rare cases it doesn't allow your lining to grow. The only reason I share this with you is I wish someone would have shared it with me. I had to switch doctors to find this out after spending LOTS of money. Of course they are worth every cent, but any little advice might help. Best of luck to you!



answers from Minneapolis on


I'm sorry you're going through a tough time getting pregnant. I went through 2 rounds of Clomid and am now pregnant! I'm very confused why you're on so many other meds with the Clomid because I just took Clomid and my prenatal vitamins. My doctor didn't even talk about other meds. Perhaps it's the reason you're taking the Clomid? I had a blocked fallopian tube, but was still ovulating normally. Perhaps your body doesn't ovulate well on its own? But I will say that it's expense (like you said), but much cheaper than IVF or adoption! You may want to get the advice of a second doctor on all the meds you're on....

Best of luck to you!



answers from Minneapolis on

Hi Angie,

I know exactly what you are going through! I did the infertility treatments and it is really hard dealing with the monthly disappointment (not being pregnant). I ended up going to a chiropractor and tried something different. The hormones were getting the best of me while on the clomid. What an emotional roller coaster! I went off all of the meds that my doctor had me on and followed what my chiropractor suggested. I took B6 and vitex fruit daily. The B6 and vitex fruit stimulates your reproductive organs and causes you to ovulate. It worked GREAT for me! I kept up with my BBT chart (Basil Body Temp.) to make sure that I was ovulating. After I switched from the prescription drugs to the "natural" vitamin/herbal pills, I felt like my hormones evened out and weren't so CRAZY. Hope this helps you. I know its hard but it's all worth it after you hold that precious baby in your arms for the first time. Good luck and keep me posted.




answers from Green Bay on

Hi Angie,

Sorry to hear the troubles you are having:( I also had issues getting pregnant with our first - which is due in a few weeks now after 3 years of trying!!

We(I) had to take prenatal vitamins, extra folic acid, metformin(because I have PCOS and am insulin resistant), Clomid, then injections of Follistim(force the eggs to mature to be fertilized), and finally a shot of HcG to force ovulation(when the u/s said my eggs were mature enough). We also needed to do the ultrasounds ever couple of days. I haven't/didn't hear that miscarriage rates were through the roof. Naturally they are going to be a little higher but I don't think anything to extreme. I also asked about using a progesterone cream while I was on clomid they advised against it because it would mess with the blood test results.

Hope this helps some!!
Good luck:) L.

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