Clomid is commonly used as a fertility drug for women who have had unsuccessful pregnancy. It works by decreasing the levels of estrogen in the body, thereby stimulating ovulation and production of mature egg cells. It is also prescribed to people with hormonal imbalances.
As with like any type of drugs, you should inform your doctor of pre-existing medical conditions to avoid any complications. People with history or currently have liver conditions are not advised to use clomid. Consult your doctor if you have allergies to certain forms of drugs, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have any concerns about the medicine's safety for your overall health.
Your doctor will provide you directions on how and when to take this oral medication. Follow it religiously since it is scheduled on specific days of your menstrual cycle. At times, it is combined with other hormone medications. If you miss a dose, don't double up your dose to compensate a missed dose. Contact your doctor for instructions.
Do not operate machinery, drive or engage in physical or energetic activities since this medicine may cause changes in the quality of your vision, make you dizzy or lightheaded during the course of the treatment. Twin pregancies may occur to women who use this medicine, so discuss the possibility of multiple pregancy with your doctor. As a precautionary measure, do not use this medicine if you suspect pregnancy or have become pregnant or is breastfeeding.
Possible side effects
The most common side-effects of clomid are headache, dizziness and lightheadedness. These are normal since the changes in your hormones are taking effect already. In the first few weeks of treatment, some women also complain of nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, breast tenderness or mood changes. Those who suffer from these side-effect profess that these conditions go away during treatment. Visit your doctor as soon as possible if you experience the following: pelvic or stomach pain, blurred vision and bloating. If you experience medical conditions other than those listed above, consult your doctor to conduct the necessary tests on you.
If you take too much
If you have ingested clomid more than what is prescribed by your doctor, contact a poison control center or go to the nearest hospital to get immediate medical treatment. The most common symptoms of overdose are vomiting, nausea, stomach pain and blurred vision.
Although this medicine has a high success rate, do not share your medicine or even your prescription with other women who have fertility problems. This medicine is best used with the supervision of a medical practitioner. Do not use this medicine to treat other medical conditions even if this medicine has been found to cure other medical conditions. Keep this medicine out of children's reach.
Other drugs may cause unwanted side effects or prevent clomid from inducing ovulation effectively. It has been known that some medicines react adversely with other medicines and some medical conditions prevent a medicine from doing its job properly. Consult these matters with your doctor and inform him of the medications you are currently taking.