Can I take birth control pills with other drugs?

Some medications can interact with birth control. This means that you need to have additional backup such as condoms if you don’t want to get pregnant.

Medication interaction

Alesse and Levlen are two examples of birth control pills that you have to consult a pharmacist when deciding to take them. Some medications may be effective but same may not because of the interaction inside your system. Some medicines have hormonal effects especially when containing estrogen or progesterone. A medication may change its function because of the contraceptive pill you take. It can absorb the effectiveness and cause it to be less useful.

Here is the list of medicines that interact with birth control pills.

  • Rifampicin and Rifabutinare antibiotics that can affect the use of birth control pills.
  • John Wort is an herbal remedy that can decrease or increase the effectiveness of your birth control pills.
  • AEDs are anti-epileptic drugs that require doctor’s advice to take with birth control pills.

This is why birth control pills are often prescribed. Healthcare providers would not want to risk your health without knowing your medical record. It’s advised that you choose the right contraception method that may not affect your medication.

birth controlShould you take medication other than the birth control pills, you have to be sure that your pharmacist says it’s alright and safe. You might want to try other safer alternatives recommended by your GP. This will make your contraception program effective.

Things to note when taking birth control pills with other drugs:

Some drugs may include anti-seizure medications or antibiotics, so there are things to note:

  • You should have backups whether condoms or spermicidal foam in case you forget to take the birth control pill.
  • You should always carry your pills or have them within reach.
  • You should take your pills regularly.
  • Vaginal ring may be removed after 3 weeks so you need to get the refill soon without waiting until last minute.
  • Tell the honest truth about your health condition.

Here are the most common side effects found in the combination of birth control pills and other drugs:

  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Endometriosis
  • Dysmenorrheal
  • Premenstrual syndromes
  • Acne breakouts
  • Alopecia or hair loss
  • Breast cysts
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease

Birth control pills

  1. Inter menstrual spotting – Generally this caused by taking regular dosage of pills. It can cause heavy bleeding.
  2. Nausea – A common problem for those taking the pills with other medication is the nausea. It is necessary to have a certain schedule such as taking pills before bedtime.
  3. Breast enlargement – Some cases found that women who consume the pills have their breasts enlarged because ofhormonal issues. If the problem persists, you should seek medical help or simply reduce the caffeine intake.
  4. Headache – A common problem that can be a sign of side effects when using birth control pills and other drugs is that our body system doesn’t work properly, causing headaches.
  5. Weight gain – Some studies found that females who take control pills and other drugs have the tendency to gain weight. This generally occurs on hip and breasts.
  6. Mood changes – There are some conditions where the mood changes to the point of depression. If you’re taking the pills and you suddenly feel the differences in your mood, you should consult with your medical provider.
  7. Missed periods – Despite the pill function, you could be experiencing missed periods. Yes, there are other contributing factors such as illness or stress but some of the pills do have the side effect.
  8. Libido decreased – Your libido could decrease because of hormonal changes. Seek medical advice if it gets worse.