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doxycycline decreasing the effectiveness of birth control pills

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Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Doxycycline: Which birth control pills? Unlikely, but be specific.

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doxy should be ok: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics (such as doxycycline and many others) do not alter the effectiveness ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
29 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Birth control pills are all at risk of being affected by antibiotics like doxycycline. You should use a backup form of contraceptive like condoms or a ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Cody Mead
Dr. Cody Mead answered
11 years experience Family Medicine
Safe > Sorry: While no evidence shows that any antibiotic except rifampin alters the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, the package inserts will likely say that ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Nguyen
10 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Antibiotic Guideline: Some physicians will have different opinions but if you look at the evidence and guidelines, the only antibiotic known to affect birth control efficac ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeremy Stidham
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Yeast infection: Antibiotics can predispose one to a yeast infection by killing off the "good bacteria" that would normally keep yeast at bay. Steroids can add to the ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Charlap
36 years experience Holistic Medicine
Yes: Antibiotics are known to do so.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Cefdinir likely okj: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics (such as cefdinir and many others) do not alter the effectiveness of ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Hick
12 years experience Dermatology
Antibiotics and BC: The only documented antibiotic that interferes with birth control is rifampin. However, any of the antibiotics have the potential to alter the way the ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Paula Hillard
43 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Missed pills: With no missed pills, "perfect use", the failure rate of birth control pills is 0.3%, that is >99% effective.In typical use, because taking a pill ev ... Read More

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