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  •  There are also medical conditions (6+ / 0-)

    where having the advice of a doctor in using The Pill is necessary. Under the old Pill, patients with family history of blood clots were actively discouraged or even prohibited from using them because there was a risk of increased clotting -- less of a problem now with the new "low-dose" hormonal methods. Also, antibiotics can reduce the efficacy of hormonal birth control, so doctors should be aware of their use when prescribing antibiotics for infections...and the pharmacist should be aware to caution the patient. (My pharmacist always reminded me in consultation when I'd bring in a prescription for antibiotics -- actually appreciated that.)

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    by Cali Scribe on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:40:11 AM PDT

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    •  It's not just antibiotics that reduce (0+ / 0-)

      B.C. efficacy: diarrhea and vomiting too.  
      Also smokers are at a higher risk of blood clots while on the pill.  and if that is not enough, they must be taken the same time every day, without skipping. I could see some girl taking it only when having intercourse thinking she's protected!
      So yes, the bc pill should always be prescription only.  

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      by pitbullgirl65 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:15:50 PM PDT

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