Most oral contraceptives (birth control pills) combine estrogen and progestin (natural or synthetic progesterone), but some contain only progestin. Examples of progestin-only contraceptives include the Norplant implant and the Depo-Provera contraceptive device. Progestin aids in preventing ovulation, alters the lining of the uterus, and thickens cervical mucus -- processes that help to prevent conception and implantation. The estrogen in birth control pills prevents egg production. Oral contraceptives have many side effects, so their use should be discussed with a physician.
The pharmacologic therapies for acute nerve injuries include the use of corticosteroids and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. The use of adrenocorticosteroids (e.
g., Dexamethasone) has been shown to minimize neuropathy following nerve injuries if administered in high doses within one week of ,23 Additionally, adrenocorticosteroids have been shown to inhibit axon sprouting centrally and ectopic discharges from injured axons and prevention of neuroma ,25 Dexamethasone (8–12 mg) is specifically recommended because of its greater anti- inflammatory effects in comparison to other ,27 It has been advocated that a tapering dose of a corticosteroid for 5–7 days be prescribed following trigeminal nerve