8-20. PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENT
Oral contraceptives (just like any other type of legend drug) should not be given
to friends. A physician must individually select the agent and tailor the dosage based
on the history and needs of the patient. A physical examination should be performed
every six months to one year. One part of this examination should be the PAP smear.
Remember that oral contraceptives are potentially dangerous. A person should never
be unless they have been prescribed for the person.
Section V. OVULATION INDUCING AGENT
In some instances the physician may desire to stimulate ovulation in order that
the patient can become pregnant. This section will focus on an agent that will stimulate
8-22. CLOMIPHENE CITRATE (CLOMID), AN OVULATION INDUCING AGENT
a. Properties. Clomiphene is a nonsteroidal compound. This agent has
properties that are estrogenic and antiestrogenic properties. It has been used to
stimulate ovulation in order that the female can become pregnant (if the male partner
has adequate sperm production).
b. Dispensing Information. Frequently, a two or three month supply of
Clomid is dispensed to the patient since a month of therapy is usually not successful.
c. Side Effects. Side effects associated with this agent include enlarged
ovaries (this can be painful), hot flashes, and multiple pregnancies.