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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Prednisone (Definition)

Prednisone is a synthetic cortisone. The body makes cortisone, a natural hormone made in adrenal glands. The body converts it to Hydrocortisone to become active. 25 mg of cortisone has about same effect as 5 mgm prednisone. The average person would produce 3-6 mg of pred daily. So why use a substitute? The synthetic has more anti-inflammatory effect; but has less effect ...Read more


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Could prednisone and methotrexate affect apri birth control?

Could prednisone and methotrexate affect apri birth control?

Unlikey: You need birth control because methotrexate is a major danger to the fetus and causes miscarraiges and you can not get pregnant on it. ...Read more

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Does prednisone 60mg affect the birth control pill mycroginon?

Does prednisone 60mg affect the birth control pill mycroginon?

No interaction: There is no interaction between these two medications.
However, your body may not process your corticosteroid properly and it might cause prednisone's side effects.
Rec.: for more information talk to your prescribing physician. ...Read more

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I was on prednisone & levquin for 7 days while also taking birth control. Hubby and I had sex a few times during that week. Should I be concerned?

I was on prednisone & levquin for 7 days while also taking birth control. Hubby and I had sex a few times during that week. Should I be concerned?

No.: Your being on the pill almost certainly negates pregnancy risk, but in the future negate all chances with barrier protection if you are on meds that can cause fetal harm! ...Read more

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Taking 20 mg tablets of prednisone for a cough, I take them twice daily for 5 days. Will this weaken the effectiveness of my birth control (natazia)?

Taking 20 mg tablets of prednisone for a cough, I take them twice daily for 5 days. Will this weaken the effectiveness of my birth control (natazia)?

It is possible that: The prednisone could temporarily weaken the effectiveness; therefore I would recommend that you either refrain from sexual activity while on it, or be sure to use condoms (which I recommend you use anyway). ...Read more

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Does prednisone 20mg affect the birth control pill loestrin 24?

Does prednisone 20mg affect the birth control pill loestrin 24?

No interaction: Prednisone treats quite a few conditions and also interacts with quite a few medications, but fortunately not so much with birth control pills, in general. Unfortunately, unexpected reaction can occur with any med or combination of meds, thus always use with caution. Use smallest effective dose for shortest duration possible. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex while on birth control but on antibiotic axithromicin 500 mg and prednisone? . Scared

Had unprotected sex while on birth control but on antibiotic axithromicin 500 mg and prednisone? . Scared

Antibiotics can: Sometimes decrease the effectiveness of the oral contraceptive pill. It is tough to determine if you are truly at risk. A pregnancy test may help determine if you are pregnant. Good luck! ...Read more

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Does the steroid prednisone have an affect on birth control such as the mirena (levonorgestrel)?

No: In general by itself no, but if you have a medical problem like lupus and steroids control it you may have a greater chance of getting pregnant and having a successful pregnancy. It is not an iud. ...Read more

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Does prednisone interact with the birth control pill (alesse)?

Does prednisone interact with the birth control pill (alesse)?

Depends on the pill: It depends on the birth control pill. Some pills are associated with electrolyte abnormalities such as potassium and Prednisone can also exaccerbate this as well.

You may also have more fluid retention and could have elevated blood pressure. Talk with your prescribing physician to see in more detail. ...Read more

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My pharmacist said to use backup birth control while taking a 10 day course of prednisone and my birth control pill, a tricyclic. Is this necessary?

My pharmacist said to use backup birth control while taking a 10 day course of prednisone and my birth control pill, a tricyclic. Is this necessary?

Nonsense: I am not aware of this and would have you ask your pharmacist to get the data and then you take it to your physician. After that have your pharmcist apologize for misinformation ...Read more

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I am on prednisone and microgynon 30 for 5 years. Will it cancel my birth control? How long can I continue with same medication to prevent pregnancy?

Yes: If you have used these medicines without problems for 5 years and you are having regular periods, there is no reason to think you should change. ...Read more

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Can prednisone affect birth control? Can being on prednisone for a month plus a steroid shot cause pregnancy?

Can prednisone affect birth control? Can being on prednisone for a month plus a steroid shot cause pregnancy?

Probably not: There is no evidence that prednisone reduces the effectiveness of birth control. Taking prednisone while on birth control can increase likelihood and severity of side effects from the prednisone. If you think you may be pregnant, you should do a pregnancy test. It is important to know for sure. If there is a possibility of pregnancy, you should be taking Folic acid to help prevent birth defects. ...Read more

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Doctors had me on prednisone several times. I also switched birth control. Then I got anxiety, migraines, high bp. I stopped both and am getting better. What caused it and is it safe to use bc again?

Doctors had me on prednisone several times. I also switched birth control. Then I got anxiety, migraines, high bp. I stopped both and am getting better. What caused it and is it safe to use bc again?

Speak to doctor: Bc should be. Safe but there are pieces to this story missing. Speak to your doctor and let them know where you are in this process. They are the best ones to advise you. ...Read more

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Does prednisone affect the birth control pill, levora (ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel)?

Not aware of: No such interaction I know of. However since prednisone is often used as a semi-emergency measure (for asthma, lupus exacerbation etc), the nature of the illness itself may impact the effectiveness of BCP but this effect would be difficult to measure. ...Read more

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Will Prednisone lessen the effectiveness of my birth control? I take Vestura (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) (Yaz) & am currently prescribed 10mg Prednisone tablets for virus symptom

Will Prednisone lessen the effectiveness of my birth control? I take Vestura (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol) (Yaz) & am currently prescribed 10mg Prednisone tablets for virus symptom

No, it won't: However if in doubt that any drug would interfere with birth control effectiveness of the pills you are on, use an extra method like a barrier while using the other medication. Good that you asked, always exercise caution with multiple medications, not only for birth control effectiveness, but also for other possible problematic interactions, best wishes ...Read more

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Will I get a yeast infection taking doxycycline, prednisone and birth control pills all at the same time?

Will I get a yeast infection taking doxycycline, prednisone and birth control pills all at the same time?

Yeast infection: Antibiotics can predispose one to a yeast infection by killing off the "good bacteria" that would normally keep yeast at bay. Steroids can add to the problem by decreasing some the body's natural immune/inflammatory response to the yeast allowing it to proliferate. ...Read more

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Will Prednisone affect birthcontrol, Tri Sprintec?

Probably not: There is no interaction found between steroids and birth control pills. The most common interactions come from some antibiotics, dilantin, phenobarbital and other barbituates, primidone, topirimate, carbamazepine, rifampin and St Johns Wort. If you have any questions with other medications consult with your physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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I want to know if vitamin E and other vitamins can affect my birth control?

No: Vitamins do not affect your birth control but there are new studies which show some Vitamins do more harm than good. At 17 years old it is not likely that you need to be taking extra Vitamin E or other vitamins. Ask you doctor to evaluate what you are taking and eliminate anything unnecessary. ...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


Dr. Thomas Inwood
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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