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Clomid Side Effects

Clomid (clomiphene) is an oral fertility drug used to stimulate ovulation in a woman trying to get pregnant by changing the hormone balance in the body. As with most drugs, Clomid may cause side effects in patients, some of which are mild and may not really need medical attention.

These side effects may go away as your body adjusts to the Clomid.

  • Hot flashes are a common side effect of Clomid
  • Breast discomfort or tenderness may make you think you are experiencing early pregnancy symptoms
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods (spotting may make you think you are having implantation spotting)
  • Depression and mood swings.
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Tiredness
  • Trouble sleeping

Blurring or other visual symptoms occasionally may occur during or shortly after Clomid therapy, which can cause problems in your daily activities such as driving a car. If you experience any of the following side effects, check with your doctor as soon as possible:

  • Blurred vision
  • Decreased or double vision or other vision problems
  • Seeing flashes of light
  • Sensitivity of eyes to light
  • Yellow eyes or skin could be symptomatic of a liver problem

Ovarian enlargement may occur during or shortly after therapy with Clomid. If you experience any of the following side effects, check with your doctor immediately in order to minimize the risks associated with ovarian enlargement.

  • Bloating
  • Stomach or pelvic pain
  • Weight gain

Clomid can possibly cause ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) While OHSS is characterized by enlarged ovaries, it is different from uncomplicated ovarian enlargement and can be extremely dangerous. Symptoms of OHSS include stomach pain or enlargement, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and weight gain. Call you fertility doctor immediately if you have any of those symptoms.

Clomid also increases the patient's chances of having twins or multiples, and there are additional risks in that situation.

Read: How Long Should I Be on Clomid?

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