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Macrobid And Birth Control
I take orsythia birth control. Will taking nitrofurantoin mono-mcr 100mg affect the way the birth control works?
Nitrofurantoin is an antibiotic which is marketed under the following brand names; niftran, furadantin, (nitrofurantoin) furabid, macrobid, macrodantin, nitrofur mac, nitro macro, nifty-sr, martifur-mr, uro-tablinen or nifuretten (in germany), martifur-100 (in india), urantoin, nifuran (in macedonia) and uvamin (in middle east). It is usually used in treating urinary tract infection. It is often ...Read more
No interference: It's an outdated urban myth that antibiotics interfere with effectiveness of birth control pills. They do not, except occasionally with rifampin, an infrequently used antibiotic for certain infections like tuberculosis. Cefuroxime has no effect. See https://www.drugs.com/article/antibiotics-and-birth-control.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: If you are taking Nitrofurantoin while using birth control pills, you should use a back-up method of birth control (ie. Condom). Despite the fact there is little evidence supporting a massive increase in pregnancies with antibiotic use, it is better to be safe than sorry. Use the back-up method during the run of your antibiotic and continue for one week afterwards. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Im taking bilberry pills. Will it decrease the effectiveness of my birth control? Im taking birth control mononessa.
No it will not: There is some concern that bilberry may interact with diabetes medications (lower blood sugar) or blood thinner medications (slow blood clotting). However, there is no evidence that it interacts with oral contraceptives (birth control pills) or other hormonal contraceptives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Even in 2012, ob/gyns are split on whether antibiotics affect birth control pills....Some say yes, some say no. However, the antibiotics most likely to affect birth control pill efficacy are the penicillins and the tetracyclines (doxycycline). Ceftin (cefuroxime) typically is in a class of antibiotics that will not affect your birth control pill. ...Read more
Yes: Lo-ovral (norgestel/ethinyl estradiol) has a good track record and has been used successfully for many years by many women. Like any ocp, cardiovascular side effects are increased with any smoking so use a different form of birth control for any amount of cigarette/tobacco/smoking use. ...Read more
Complex: Atripla is used to treat hiv-aids & has deleterious effects on the fetus. So it should never be taken by a pregnant woman. Atripla also decreases the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, so barrier protection should be used to prevent pregnancy even if you continue the oc. Atripla should be used only under the direction of an expert in its use, and all health issues should be discussed with md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can i get birth control without my parents? Specifically the birth control called yaz (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol)
No: Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is an antibiotic, and the current thinking is that it does not decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills. The birth control pills should work with the same high level of effectiveness, with or without Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim). ...Read more
Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more
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