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What things such as lotions, antibiotics, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and food or drinks , make birth control less effective ?

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Dr. Henry Jacobs
Obstetrics and Gynecology 66 years experience
Mainly antibiotics: Antibiotics may affect the bacteria in the gut that can interfere with absorbing the pill. There are some meds that alter gastric motility and that can affect things as well.

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