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Doctor insights on: Do Antibiotics Interfere With Birth Control

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Do antibiotics make birth control ineffective?

Do antibiotics make birth control ineffective?

Yes: Women on contraceptives are advised to use an alternate method of birth control whenever they take antibiotics. They should use the alternate method throughout the course of antibiotics & through the end of current pack of pills. ...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


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Can antibiotics interfere with birth control?

Can antibiotics interfere with birth control?

Yes: We typically suggest that you use a second form of contraception while you're taking antibiotics, just to be on the safe side. ...Read more

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Will antibiotics interfere with birth control?

Will antibiotics interfere with birth control?

YES: Generally antibiotics make oral contraceptives less effective. It is recommended to use 'a back up method' from the 1st dose of antibiotic to the 'end of the pill pack'. ...Read more

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Can an antibiotic interfere with birth control?

Possibly: Some antibiotics may interfere with effectiveness of birth control. Each antibiotic can be individually checked for possible interactions. ...Read more

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Is it possible that an antibiotic medication used for a root canal can interfere with birth control pills?

Absolutely: Many antibiotics will decrease the efficacy of the birth control pills. Alternate means of contraception should be used to avoid pregnancy. Discuss with your prescribing dentist. ...Read more

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Can my antibiotic interfere with my birth control?

YES: Yes if you are on the pill the antibiotic kills off the bacteria you need to convert the pill to the active ingredient. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more