A female asked:
Hi, do antibiotics such as cefuroxime axetil (ceftin) or the "Z-pak" (azithromyacin) affect Ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control's effectiveness??
1 doctor answer
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Rare problem: The whole business about antibiotics interfering with hormonal contraceptives (pills, inserts, etc) is largely an urban myth. It can happen, but is very rare. Neither of these antibiotics taken as usual (a few days to a couple of weeks) is likely to be a problem, I wouldn't worry about it. But if you're nervous, also use condoms while taking them and for a week after the last dose.
Answered on Jun 20, 2016
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