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I know some antibiotics interfere with birth control, and I was wondering if anyone knows if Clindamycin is one of those.

The doctor I get my BC from is different from my normal doctor, and my mom was in the room while I was getting perscribed the antibiotics, so I didn't want to ask how they acted with birth control =X


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Clindamycin is, after all, an antibiotic and can make your birth control pills far less effective.
If you are anticipating intercourse or any like activity in the time that you are taking this medicine (and up to a week or so afterwards), then use a condom! It's always important for you to finish your prescription for any medicine, so by all means, do that. [Smile]

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Colordestroy, this section of the boards is for volunteers and mods only. See you around the rest of the boards though!

pixeldot, there are only a very select few antibiotics that truly interefere with birth control, and they aren't ones that are prescribed very often. The reason it is suggested to use back up for most other birth control, though, is that antibiotics can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. Having diarrhea may compromise how the pill is metabolised.

If you want extra peace of mind, using a back up method is always a good idea (condoms are great, especially if you and your partner aren't up to date with STI screenings).

And for future reference, you could always call your doctors office to ask questions too. And of course, your mom doesn't have to come into the exam room with you, and in that case you could discuss any matter of pill questions with your doc. It's also a good idea to let your doctor know all prescription/otc meds that you are taking, so that if one is going to have an interaction, they can catch it then.

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