Clomid is mainly used for the treatment of female infertility. Coming in generic name clomiphene, the drug is available in different brand names like Clomid and Serophene.
The drug acts by stimulating ovulation or the release of eggs. The drug has to be used as per the physician’s direction. The drug can be taken with full glass of water and is normally used in five-day cycles. It is better not to miss ay dosage and in case a dose is missed, better take it as soon as it is remembered.
The doctor is likely to alter the medicine dosage or even advise an alternative drug if a person has these health conditions: thyroid problem, endocrine disorder, endometriosis, endometrial carcinoma, undiagnosed bleeding in the vagina, uterine fibroids, ovarian cyst,, enlargement of ovaries, liver disease.
Clomiphene is known to bring in many complications in a newborn child. A person who is pregnant is not advised this drug as it leads to birth defects. Though it is not yet known if clomiphene passes into breast milk, it is good to tell the doctor about breast-feeding. One should have to discuss all the risks and complications of using the drug during feeding with the doctor.
The interaction of Clomid with other medicines is less. But even then, one should have to discuss with the doctor about all the drugs, including prescriptive, non-prescriptive and herbal supplements with the doctor before he advises clomiphene.
What are the things that should have to be avoided while using Clomid? As the drug is known to cause dizziness and blurred vision, a person should not drive or perform any hard task after using the drug. The doctor should have to be called immediately if a person comes across vision problems.
In case of any allergic reaction like that of the lips, mouth, tongue, throat or breathing problems or rashes, the drug has to be stopped and the doctor contacted at the earliest.
Women using clomiphene are known to experience ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, which is fatal. In case of breath shortness, swelling of hands/legs, weight gain, abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, nausea and vomiting, which are the symptoms of OHSS, a doctor should have to be reached.
In case of ovarian cysts, the medicine may lead to an increase of the size of the ovary. It is seen that Endometriosis worsens in persons taking this drug as the level of estrogen is increased due to the drug. There is also a possibility that the fibroid tumors may increase in size.
What are the side effects normally seen in persons using Clomid? Abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, ovary enlargement, pressure, tenderness, swelling, nausea, flushing, diarrhea, vomiting, blurred vision, dizziness, breast tenderness, unusual uterine bleeding and headache are some of the side effects that can happen with the use of Clomid. There is also a possibility of multiple births with the treatment of Clomid. A person who feels any uneasiness after taking Clomid should not delay in seeking medical advice. If delayed, there is a high risk of an increase of the side effects.