The effect of concurrent use of an oral contraceptive and appetite suppressant on the blood pressure of low-risk young adult women
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The hypothesis of this study stated that the blood pressure of low-risk young adult women taking oral contraceptives and appetite suppressants will be significantly higher than the blood pressure of low-risk young adult women taking only oral contraceptives. A physiological framework was used to explain changes incurred after appetite suppressant and/or oral contraceptive ingestion. An ex post facto design was used, with information obtained from the records of 60 clients registered at a county-run family planning clinic. Analysis of covariance was used for data analysis, with results supporting the hypothesis. Findings support the importance of the nurses' role in educating women about safe self-medication with over-the-counter drugs and non- pharmacologic alternatives to weight loss. Further research is needed to determine the prevalence of women combining appetite suppressant and oral contraceptive usage, and the adverse physiological effects that may occur when combining these two medications.