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CraftyKid
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This just popped into my head, and I forgot to ask my doctor. I also searched for it on here cause I know it's been answered before but I just can't find the right topic.

How soon after taking antibiotics is the pill back to its maximum effectiveness? Say you ended them the week before your placebo week.

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Actually, most antibiotics aren't known to interfere with the pill at all, and some that do might interfere, but that doesn't mean they will make it less effective.

For any where there is a known correlation or possibility of decreased effectiveness, the standard advice is usually to back up while using it and for either seven days after, or the rest of a pill cycle. Personally, I'd err on the side of caution and back up through any pill cycle (until you get to the next pack) where you used a medication whichh might decrease effectiveness.

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Thanks again, I know you guys answer the same questions over and over but there's only a few reliable places like this on the Internet that I trust!
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