Clomid, a prescription medication used to treat ovulatory dysfunction in females who for other reasons of pregnancy failure has ruled out and desire pregnancy by the use of this drug. Although Clomid is well tolerated, side effects do occur in some people. The side effects may be mild or temporary, but severe side effects have also been reported in some people. The side effects associated with Clomid medication include:
Side Effects of Clomid
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) is a problem that occurs in women taking fertility medication. In this condition, after taking Clomid the ovaries of women become swollen and fluid leaks into the belly and chest area. The symptoms associated with Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome may be mild, moderate or severe. Mild symptoms include weight gain, nausea, diarrhea and feeling of fullness. Moderate symptoms associated with the disease include increased weight gain (greater than 2 pounds/day) darker and less urination, diarrhea and vomiting. As with other medication, severe symptoms include abdominal bloating and lower abdominal pains. It is advisable to consult your healthcare provider if severe symptoms persist longer.
Hot flashes or vasomotor flushes are the minor side effects of Clomid experienced by nearly 10 per cent of women. Women suffering from hot flashes may experience sudden heat in the upper half of the body. Women may break out in a sweat with a rapid heartbeat. If hot flashes occur in the night while sleeping they are known as night sweating. Clinical trials have indicated that this side effect is not dangerous and may disappear with discontinuation of the medicine.
Previous clinical trials conducted on Clomid reported that 5.5 per cent of women suffered from less severe side effects such as stomach discomfort or bloating. The feeling of discomfort may pass by the long term usage of medication. Women may also get some relief by wearing light clothes that aren’t too tight around the waist. In case of severe abdominal pain contact your health care provider.
Women taking Clomid may also experience weight gain. This side effect is not common and is reported by only 1 per cent women in clinical trials. If the weight gain is accompanied by stomach discomfort than it is advisable to consult your doctor. However, it has been seen in studies that weight gain may go back to normal after treatment.
Nausea, Vomiting and Dizziness
The side effects of nausea and dizziness have been reported by only 2 per cent of women in clinical trials. If nausea is intense that consult your doctor as it may be a sign of Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS)—a potentially life-threatening syndrome of Clomid drug. In order to avoid this side effect, the drug should be taken in the evening.
Abnormal Menstrual Bleeding
Another side effect of Clomid medication in women includes spotting in between periods or heavy menstrual periods. This spotting might make omen think about “implantation spotting” but actually the spotting is due to the side effect s of fertility drug and does not indicate pregnancy. This side effect is rarest among omen and reported in only 1 per cent cases in a clinical trial. However, abnormally heavier menstrual bleeding is a cause of concern and should be immediately reported to the doctor.
In the first phase of pregnancy women usually experience the tenderness in breasts. But, in case of women taking fertility medication breast tenderness may just be one of the side effects. The side effect is rarest and is not of much concern. However, if the tenderness in the breast is accompanied by other discomforts such as breast pain than it is advisable to consult your health care professional.
Another frightening but less severe side effect of Clomid medication is blurred vision. Women having blurred vision may also see flashing lights, especially at a higher dose. The side effect of vision change is temporary and may disappear once the medication is stopped. Several clinical trials have indicated that the side effect of blurred vision is potentially dangerous if left untreated. However, the side effect only occurs in only 1.5 per cent women in clinical trials.
Other Side Effects
The other side effects of Clomid medication include depression and headache. It has been reported that women experiencing headache should take the medication in the evening so that you can sleep easily at night. To avoid a headache, drink plenty of fluid as dehydration might be one of the causes of headache. Women may also face the symptoms of liver problem such as pale yellow skin, pale stool, dark urine or poor appetite. Consult your doctor if you find any such side effect. Apart from this, a woman may also have allergic reactions such as hives, shortness of breath, swelling of the face or throat.