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do anti-biotics screw up birth control, more specific, nuvaring?
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Some antibiotics can lower the effectiveness of birth control - which one were you wondering about specifically?

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It depends on the antibiotic, but certain antibiotics can interfere with the effectiveness of hormonal birth control methods.

Some recent studies have shown that the NuvaRing, because of the way the hormones are absorbed into your body, are less likely to be compromised by the use of antibiotics than other hormonal methods, but your best bet would be to check with your pharmacist or doctor, and to be sure you're using a back-up method if you don't use one already for the entire cycle you're on antibiotics.

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nitrofurantoin- macro 100 substituted for macrobid 100mg capsule. that's what it says on the bottle. thanks.
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it's for a bladder infection
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I can't find anything aboust it specifically on any of the drug information, but I'd suggest you speak to your doctor or pharmacist about the possible effects it may have on your birth control, and since it's always better to be safe than sorry, be sure you're using a back-up method for the remainder of your cycle, if you aren't already and you do decide to be sexually active.

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