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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No risk, no worry: It's an outdated urban myth that antibiotics interfere with the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, implants, medicated IUDs, etc).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
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
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
Yes thet can: So use a backup method the month you are on antibiotics. ...Read more
Currently taking ranitidine for inflamed esophagus, also on the oral contraceptive pill rigevidon. Will ranitidine reduce effectiveness of the pill?
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
No: Grapefruit does not make oral contraceptives less effective ...Read more
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
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
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
Depends: It depends on the dose and the patient. Evereone reacts differently. ...Read more
Is it true that women on combined oral contraceptive pill have reduced death rate in all cancers?
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?
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
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
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
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
Same: These are very similar products and they both contain hormones. The side effects are very similar. ...Read more
?: Very unlikely but any medication cause different problems in different people. ...Read more
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
Injectables contraceptives are more effective than oral contraceptives? Are they safe for health?
Similar: Both are similar in terms of effectiveness and safety. ...Read more
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