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Stargirl85
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I know that the general rule for antibiotics is to use backup for 7 days after the last pill or a month if you want to be more careful. What is the general rule if the last antibiotic pill is taken on the day of the last placebo pill (no new hormonal pack was taken back to back as some women do). Is 7 days of hormonal pills (first week of the new pack) enough to be effective as there were no antibiotics taken during the current pack? thanks
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I'd say that no matter when you take them in a pill cycle, backing up for a week of any antibiotics known or suspected to impact pill effectiveness (namely, all the 'cillins) is a best practice.

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Sorry I thought I replied to this. I was put on Amoxil which I think is one of the penicillins... Because I did not take any antibiotics from the start of my new pack so far (I am in the first week of a new pack) and only did on my last day of sugar pills, it still doesn't make a difference?

I was just worried that if the antibiotic lingered (if it even does that) at the beginning week of my active pill pack, even though I have not taken the antibiotic at all during, that it wont suppress ovulation which would happen next week (I tried to calculate it) as the birth control would not be working properly?

How soon does birth control seem to build itself back up fully? Like if I were to have sex next week, regardless if this week the BC pills may not be at 100% effectiveness because I took antibiotics during my sugar pills, week 2's batch of BC would have me covered anyways?? (as well as week 3 and 4 would have me covered if ovulation occurred then my BC would still protect me in other ways?)

Thanks Heather

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So, you took the antibiotics during withdrawal week, and finished taking them before you started the new pack? If so, you're fine. Once you start a new pack, you can rely on the pill's protection again.

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