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Nitrofurantoin 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
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
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
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
Will levaquin (levofloxacin) interfere with the effectiveness of microgestin birth control pills?
No good data: Griseofulvin can increase metabolism of the hormones in bcp's and therby reduce blood levels of the hormones and risk pregnancy. Azole antifungals don't interfere with liver metabolism of bcp's. There have been case reports of unintended pregnancies & late withdrawl bleeding with itraconazole but these are not listed as warnings with itra. Both can cause liver injury & need physician follow-up. ...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: 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
No it will not: It will not affectGet a more detailed answer ›
Ask pharmacist or Dr: These are not listed in medications approved in the USA, and appear to be available primarily in Australia. Therefore ask your health care providers in your location.I wish I could help. ...Read more
How to use birth control pill yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) as emergency contraceptive?
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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