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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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Does the antibiotic azithormycin effect my birth control pills? Is this why I am having spotting?

Does the antibiotic azithormycin effect my birth control pills? Is this why I am having spotting?

Antibiotics vs. pill: Antibiotics can interfere with the absorption of the oral contraceptive pill and therefore should never be taken together as the antibiotic will be preferably absorbed leaving you with little contraceptive protection. Separate the doses by at least 4 to 6 hours. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics effect birth control and How long do antibiotics affect birth control?

Do antibiotics effect birth control and How long do antibiotics affect birth control?

Generally not: There are a few antibiotics, usually used to treat Tuberculosis, that can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. The common antibiotics (penicillins, cephalosporins, sulfas, z-pack, etc) do not affect oral contraceptives. ...Read more

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For what length of time do antibiotics effect birth control pills?

For what length of time do antibiotics effect birth control pills?

Immediately: Antibiotics get broken down at the liver so they make the liver speed up their work. At the same time the birth control pills will also be broken down more quickly therefore increasing the chances for pregnancy. Consider using added protection that month. ...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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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

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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

Dr. Andrew Berry
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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