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A 24-year-old member asked:

does using over-the-counter topical antibiotics (such as walgreens triple antibiotic ointment or neosporin) reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
No: No theses are topical treatments and should not have any effect on birth control pills.
Dr. Paula Kolbas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No, they do not.: Unlike certain types of oral antibiotics, topical ones do not affect the efficacy of birth control pills.

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