Any drug, including the simplest aspirin, has certain contraindications. And not everyone can take Clomid, no matter how much one would like to solve the problems in the family or in the gym. First of all, this drug can seriously harm people with severe liver and kidney diseases. In addition, it is forbidden to prescribe it for pregnant women. So, before starting the treatment, you have to make sure that fertilization hasn’t yet occurred naturally.
What is the dosage for Clomid, and how should it be taken?
So, you’ve decided to use Clomid, but do not know what is the dosage, and how should it be taken? Let’s figure it out. This medicine comes in the form of tablets. The dosage can vary: 25mg, 50mg or 100mg. However, the most common dosage is 50mg. Usually, for infertility treatment in both women and men it’s recommended to take one pill a day, with water.
To stimulate ovulation, women usually take the first tablet of Clomid 50mg on the fifth day of the period. Take it once a day, before going to bed, for five days. Sometimes doctors recommend taking the medicine for ten days in a row. If you do not have periods at all, you can start the treatment course any day. If you didn’t ovulate after the first cycle, repeat the course in a month. Fortunately, often just 5-10 pills of Clomid are enough to get pregnant. In most cases, ovulation occurs after three cycles of therapy. The maximum period is six cycles. Of course, for a better effect, you can increase the dose up to 100mg. But specialists do not recommend to take more than 150mg per day.
Infertile men usually take 50mg pills twice a day for 3-4 months. During the treatment, a patient should check sperm count levels regularly.
What happens if I miss a dose or take the wrong dose?
When you start treatment with such a strong and effective drug as Clomid, it is extremely important to strictly follow the recommendations, sticking to the schedule of taking the medicine and the dosage. What happens if you miss a dose or take the wrong dose? This can affect the efficiency of treatment, and, in case of an overdose, lead to unpleasant consequences. Particularly, if you take too much of this medication, you may have severe nausea and vomiting. Moreover, an overdose can cause visual impairment. Fortunately, with the withdrawal of the drug, all the side effects pass.
But what if you’ve missed a dose for some reason? Then you should follow the same rules as with most other drugs: do not take a double dose to fill the gap. In order not to risk your own health and to achieve the desired effect as soon as possible, it is important to strictly follow the schedule and the dosage. Usually, women start with one 50mg tablet a day, taken for five days from the beginning of the period. If that doesn’t work, in the next cycle you may increase the dose to 100mg. However, the maximum suggested daily supply is 150mg of Clomid. Also, you might try a ten-day course of treatment. The maximum period of therapy for women is six menstrual cycles.
Clomid side effects and adverse effects
The good news is that Clomid side effects are not so terrible, and they go away completely as soon as you stop the treatment. Among the most common ones are headaches, digestive disorders and the symptoms of menopause (hot flashes, night sweating, mood swings and decreased libido). In addition, many women who have successfully given birth due to this medicine, complained of nausea and vomiting during the course of treatment. Some may also have diarrhea or flatulence while taking the drug. Anyway, all this quickly passes without leaving a trace.
Other side effects of Clomid include dizziness, fatigue, sleeping problems, breast pain or tenderness, as well as the pain in lower abdomen, breakthrough bleeding or spotting, and frequent urination. Weight gain, vision problems, and hair loss are very rare in women taking Clomid to get pregnant. All these reactions, fortunately, are temporary and absolutely reversible.
Bear in mind that during the treatment period a patient should be extremely cautious because of the possibility of lack of concentration, fatigue, or blurred vision. So, take care if you drive, or operate machinery while taking the medicine.
This drug also causes psychiatric disturbances, which include:
- Mood swings
- Sleep disorders (both insomnia and sleepiness).
All this may happen because the active substance of Clomid affects certain parts of the brain, which are responsible for the hormonal balance in the human body. Fortunately, too serious mental disorders because of taking this medication have been noted only in a few reports during the study of the drug. According to available data, only 1% of women might experience such reactions while taking Clomid. In addition, all these psychiatric disturbances are reversible, just like all the other side effects of the medicine.
In any case, you’d better know everything about the possible side effects of the drug in advance, for your own safety. Most patients who take Clomid for one or another purpose do not notice any new or unpleasant sensations at all. Moreover, bodybuilders who used to take these tablets in order to increase testosterone levels, often find a very pleasant consequence of taking the medicine: an increase in the amount of sperm, and even stronger erections!
In what forms Clomid is produced, and which form will be the most comfortable?
The dosage and the package of Clomid tablets depend on the purpose for which you use this medication. For example, for an infertile woman a small pack of 50mg pills might be enough to get pregnant. And, for instance, a man with low sperm count may need a bigger package, as well as a larger dosage. The lightest version of the drug, 25mg, is usually suitable for the treatment of amenorrhea without the goal of causing pregnancy. The pills themselves always look the same: as round, white tablets with a name of the drug and a dosage written on them.
To choose the Clomid form that will be the most comfortable for you, you need to understand your intentions, first of all. Let’s try to estimate how much medicine a woman with infertility should buy. As a rule, the smallest pack of Clomid contains 30 tablets. Thus, only one package is usually enough for the maximum possible six courses (cycles) of treatment. It only remains to choose the optimal dosage, 50mg or 100mg. For a man who wants to increase sperm count and cure infertility, the calculation’s also easy. As far as male patients normally take 50mg pills twice a day for 3-4 months, they should buy 240 Clomid 50mg tablets, or two 120-pill packages.