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Can amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid affect birth control pills?

Can amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid affect birth control pills?

Yes: Many medications, including many antibiotics and estrogen containing birth control pills, are metabolized in the liver. The end result can be that the liver increases its metabolism of the birth control pills, thereby decreasing their effectiveness. For this reason, many doctors recommend that you use an alternate method of birth control such as condoms while taking any antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Birth Control Pills (Definition)

Also known as oral contraceptives, birth control pills are highly effective oral medications that use hormones to prevent pregnancy. There are two main types of birth control pills: one with estrogen and progestin (also known as the combination pill) and one with just progestin. The two main ways they prevent pregnancy are: 1) The hormones thicken the cervical mucous, which keeps sperm from entering the uterus on their way to the egg; and 2) By maintaining a level of hormone in the blood stream that prevents the ...Read more


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Can amoxicillin actually affect birth control pills or is that just in theory? Has there been any research or studies that prove this?

Can amoxicillin actually affect birth control pills or is that just in theory? Has there been any research or studies that prove this?

Now felt to be false: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics do not alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. This is likely presuming a person is not sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or some other condition that decreases the absorption of a swallowed pill. One can look up: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12063491 ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to amoxicillin birth control pills and ibprophen together?

Is it possible for you to amoxicillin birth control pills and ibprophen together?

You can but: You can but Amoxicillin can interact with birthcontro; pills and it is controvercial and it is recommended by some to use a back up contraception like condom.You should discuss with your prescribing doctor you should use a back up contraception. ...Read more

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What is the interaction between birth control pills, the morning after pill, and the antibiotic amoxicillin? What's the possibility of pregnancy?

What is the interaction between birth control pills, the morning after pill, and the antibiotic amoxicillin? What's the possibility of pregnancy?

No interaction.: If you are on birth control pills, took the morning after pill and are taking Amoxicillin for an unrelated reason, you are extremely unlikely to be pregnant. Check a home urine pregnancy test the after a missed period and if negative repeat in a week - that's the only way to be sure. Take Folic Acid 1 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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I had sex while taking amoxicillin a week before my inactive birth control pills started. How soon can I take a pregnancy test? I started spotting 2 days before my inactive pills started and it continued for a total of 5 days. Its now been 3 weeks since w

I had sex while taking amoxicillin a week before my inactive birth control pills started. How soon can I take a pregnancy test? I started spotting 2 days before my inactive pills started and it continued for a total of 5 days. Its now been 3 weeks since w

The : The spotting you experienced is a sign that your birth control pill efficacy was affected. There are pregnancy tests available that can detect pregnancy up to 5 days before your period. Recall when the first day of your last menstral period was (last month). If you miss your period 30 days later, that is the best time to take a pregnancy test. Taking a pregnacy test too early between periods can produce a false negative result. This is because the pregancy test is testing for the 'pregancy hormone' which take the body time to be detectable in your body. ...Read more

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Can i dissolve amoxicillin/clavulanic acid pills in water and take it that way?

Depends: Need to ask your pharmacist on specific pill formulation--some must stay intact so get "time release" dosing effect. Others, crush away! if there is any indication of extended release ("er" or similar in name), definitely not. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

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


Dr. Chad Levitt
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more