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Doxycycline Birth Defects
It WILL cause defect: "The baseline population risk of malformations is 3-5%, but it increases to almost 30% in women exposed to isotretinoin during the first trimester of pregnancy." see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19961047 Many are profound, horrible defects--absent ears, tiny brain, deafness and blindness. Effects may occur many months after a woman ceases taking it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It has in some cases: Doxycycline is a type of tetracycline. It has been assigned to the pregnancy category d, indicating that animal studies have revealed this can injure the embryo & fetus. Most congenital defects appear to be due to the toxicity of skeletal formation; also injuring tooth development. Some expectant mothers have taken Doxycycline with no ill effects; however, the risk may outweigh the benefit. ...Read more
Yes it can: Most antibotics adversely affecting oral contraceptive pills by altering the bacterial content of the intestinal tract which in turn affects the absorption/metabolism of the contraceptive pills. Injectables and transdermal form of the contraceptive medications are typically not affected by antibiotic use. So, double up protection if you must. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Unlikely: There are 2 reports of a very slight association of birth defects in children conceived whilst mothers were using spermicides. However these were retrospective rather than prospective studies, there are many more studies that refute the likelihood of subsequent birth defects. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stillbirth: Our biggest concern is that listeria infection in the expectant woman can cause death of her fetus. There have been cases traced to eating contaminated cheese and cold cuts. Please see my guide on what food to feed your family (and fetus); there are two answers and links to food safety there. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No interference: It's an outdated urban myth that antibiotics interfere with effectiveness of birth control pills.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
Hi, do antibiotics such as cefuroxime axetil (ceftin) or the "Z-pak" (azithromyacin) affect Ocella (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) birth control's effectiveness??
Rare problem: The whole business about antibiotics interfering with hormonal contraceptives (pills, inserts, etc) is largely an urban myth. It can happen, but is very rare. Neither of these antibiotics taken as usual (a few days to a couple of weeks) is likely to be a problem, I wouldn't worry about it. But if you're nervous, also use condoms while taking them and for a week after the last dose. ...Read more
Will levaquin (levofloxacin) interfere with the effectiveness of microgestin 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
Yes: Some can, but not all. Taking Folic Acid supplements before conception can prevent spinal cord defects. Excellent sugar control for a diabetic, avoiding certain drugs or medications early in pregnancy, and being aware of higher risks with advancing maternal age are all important. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes it may: Yes it may and you should use a back up method of birth control up to 7 days after you finish the course of clindamycine.You can ask your orescribing doctor if it is safe as there is controversy about antibiotics and bcp except Rifampin and Griseofulvin two antibiotics for sure decrease the effectiveness of bcp. ...Read more
No: There is no direct negative interaction.Get a more detailed answer ›