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Will penicillin reduce the effectiveness of my oral contraceptives?

Will penicillin reduce the effectiveness of my oral contraceptives?

No risk, no worry: It's an outdated urban myth that antibiotics interfere with the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, implants, medicated IUDs, etc). They do not, with the occasional exception of rifampin, a fairly uncommonly used antibiotic for tuberculosis, certain staph infections, and a few others. See https://www. Drugs. Com/article/antibiotics-and-birth-control. Html ...Read more

Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Will taking tetralysal antibiotics for my skin reduce the effectiveness of my oral contraceptive at all? (18 year old girl speaking)

Will taking tetralysal antibiotics for my skin reduce the effectiveness of my oral contraceptive at all? (18 year old girl speaking)

Sounds ok: The current thinking is that except for rifampin, other commonly-used antibiotics do not alter the effectiveness of birth control pills. This is likely true, 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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Do you think the effectiveness of my oral contraceptive for preventing acne could have gotten worse over time?

Do you think the effectiveness of my oral contraceptive for preventing acne could have gotten worse over time?

It's possible: There is a medical phenomenon called tachyphyllaxis in which medicine becomes less effective over time. This may be happening, or your hormonal balances could have changed also. ...Read more

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How does taking isoniazid (not rifampin) affect the effectiveness of oral contraceptive?

How does taking isoniazid (not rifampin) affect the effectiveness of oral contraceptive?

No presuming: I presume this is for a +PPD and/or latent TB or related organism. There is no specific interaction with OC's, but since INH/Isoniazid affects so many hepatic or liver cytochromes that it is best to discuss with the physician prescribing the Isoniazid or with an OB/GYN. I will say that this is a great question. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm on sprintec oral contraceptive. I want to know what meds if any can lessen the effectiveness of my birth control?

What do you advise if I'm on sprintec oral contraceptive. I want to know what meds if any can lessen the effectiveness of my birth control?

Rule of thumb: As a rule of thumb, when taking sprintec and in addition taking short term medication, use condoms as back up.
If on long term medication it may be better to use an IUD rather than the pill. ...Read more

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Can lamictal lower the effectiveness of birth control? (Oral contraceptive?) if so, by how much?

Can lamictal lower the effectiveness of birth control? (Oral contraceptive?) if so, by how much?

Drug interactions?: There are plenty of good drug interaction guides available on the web. There are forms of birth control which do not involve taking a chemical - an IUD, condom use, diaphragm use, abstainence. Discuss them with your doc and research the web. ...Read more

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What medicines reduce effect of oral contraceptives?

What medicines reduce effect of oral contraceptives?

Many: Several antibiotics and even some cold medicatins can potentially do this. Best advice...Use condoms too when on other medications, especially prescriptions usless your gyn evaluates them and gives the ok to use pills alone. ...Read more

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Does terbinafine reduce efficacy of oral contraceptives?

Does terbinafine reduce efficacy of oral contraceptives?

Possibly progestogen: If you are using prostegon-only bcp, then use barrier contraception during terbinafine use plus 2 days after stopping terbunafine as a precaution. ...Read more

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Hi, Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Stop Or Reduce Acne Thank You?

Hi, Do Oral Contraceptive Pills Stop Or Reduce Acne Thank You?

Usually: I never promise my pt's anything. But I have put some of the girls on bcps for acne and it seems to help them quite a bit ...Read more

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Is it true that women on combined oral contraceptive pill have reduced death rate in all cancers?

Is it true that women on combined oral contraceptive pill have reduced death rate in all cancers?

Not all cancers: Oral contraceptive pill do reduce the risk of ovarian cancers in women. However, if you have a BRCA gene confirmed by testing, breast, ovarian, and/or colon cancer could be in your future. ...Read more

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I am on birth control pills and had unprotected sex, and took plan B, but then I found out I have strep throat and was prescribed penicillin. Will the?

I am on birth control pills and had unprotected sex, and took plan B, but then I found out I have strep throat and was prescribed penicillin. Will the?

Why?: Would you take Plan B if you are already on BC pills? Why not have your sexual partner use condoms. The use of potent hormones to prevent pregnancy is absurd if you are already on BC pills. ...Read more

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Oral contraceptives. How many years can I take them?

Oral contraceptives. How many years can I take them?

Birth control pills: Birth control pills can be taken as long as you have risk of getting pregnant.But as you get older your risk og forming clot increases especially if you smoke. So if you smoke or if yoy have family history of clots in legs or lung. You should use a dofferent method of birth control after age og 35. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which oral contraceptives are RIGHT for me by asking me certain questions?

Can you tell me which oral contraceptives are RIGHT for me by asking me certain questions?

Not really: Contraceptive use is a highly patient specific level of tolerance that requires a real conversation between you and the MD provider who has examined you and will know the "best" questions to ask you to ascertain appropriate preferences. ...Read more

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Side effects of oral contraceptives?

Side effects of oral contraceptives?

Rare: Most women do very well on birth control pills with few side effects. Breast tenderness, nausea and break through bleeding are rare now with lower dose pills and usually these side effects go away over time. Other side effects include mood changes and vaginal dryness. If these happen, talk to your doctor who can often make an adjustment in the pill you're taking. Other serious effects are rare. ...Read more

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Do oral contraceptives have long term side effects?

Do oral contraceptives have long term side effects?

Generally safe: Over the last 50 years or so, oral contraceptives have been shown to be effective and safe for use by most healthy women. There have been some concerns about increasing risks for certain cancers, but many documented health benefits with long-term use. The formulas and dosages have continued to be fine-tuned and lowered, making today's pills safer than ever. ...Read more

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Can oral contraceptives cause big problems for fertility?

Can oral contraceptives cause big problems for fertility?

Very safe: Assuming that one is in good health, doesn't smoke over the age of 35, has no risk of leg/lung clots, the pill is quite safe - even safer than pregnancy. ...Read more

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Which has least side effect? Oral contraceptives or patch?

Which has least side effect? Oral contraceptives or patch?

Same: These are very similar products and they both contain hormones. The side effects are very similar. ...Read more

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Could taking oral contraceptives for 6 months cause permanent hairloss?

Could taking oral contraceptives for 6 months cause permanent hairloss?

?: Very unlikely but any medication cause different problems in different people. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Mood changes with oral contraceptives?

What is the definition or description of: Mood changes with oral contraceptives?

Mood changes and OCP: In a study of 500 women 37.7% reported mood changes with oral contraceptives that revealed not receiving information about potential side effects and lower self efficacy were predictors of mood changes
Implementing educational programs and improving self efficacy is important
Mood changes and depression are the primary decision for discontinuation, ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

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