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Clomid (clomiphene) is a non-steroidal fertility medicine prescribed to women who do not ovulate. The fertility drug has been linked to dangerous side-effects including Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and irreversible vision problems.
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Clomid was first discovered in 1956 and patented in 1959. The drug was approved for use in 1967. Clomid was one of the first assisted reproductive therapies available on the market. The World Health Organization placed Clomid on its list of essential medicines. However, the medication is not without its side effects, which may include:
- Ovarian enlargement
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- Abdominal discomfort
There are several serious side effects associated with clomiphene. These side effects can leave patients with a significantly lower quality of life and severe injuries.
Clomid Can Cause Potentially Irreversible Visual Disturbances
Clomid can cause blurring or visual symptoms during treatment and may increase in incidence with increasing total dose and duration. Although some visual disturbances resolve and can be reversed, some symptoms continued even after Clomid was discontinued. In addition, some visual symptoms may be irreversible.
Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome Linked To Clomid Use
Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) has been reported in patients receiving Clomid therapy. OHSS can progress rapidly and has the potential to become a serious medical emergency and lead to severe illness or death.
OHSS usually occurs within 10 days of starting a fertility medication. It is characterized by mild to moderate abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and tenderness in the area of the ovaries. In addition, a sudden weight increase of more than 6.6 pounds may occur.
Symptoms indicating a severe case of OHSS include:
- Rapid weight gain (more than 33 pounds in five to 10 days)
- Severe abdominal pain
- Persistent nausea and vomiting
- Blood clots in legs
- Decreased urination
- Shortness of breath
- Enlarged or tight abdomen
Complications from OHSS may lead to life-threatening conditions, including kidney failure, blood clots, breathing problems, serious bleeding, pregnancy loss, and death.
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Fertility medications are designed to help women struggling to ovulate become pregnant and welcome a child into their life. Unfortunately, these dangerous drugs can cause severe and deadly side effects. If you or a loved one have been injured after taking Clomid or another fertility medication, contact our experienced team of dangerous drug injury attorneys. Thomas J. Henry has the resources and experienced lawyers to develop your case properly. Contact us today for a free case review.