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Typical Young and Dumb Teenager?
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Okay so, I've recently became sexually active again, and by that, I mean I started having sex again.

I'm on birth control and I take it every day between 7am to 7:15am. One day this month, though, I took it at 8:30am. Do you think it compromised it's effectiveness at all if it was just that one day?

My main concern is that I recently got a bladder infection. As you can imagine, I'm been on the toilet peeing little tads here and there, then a random regular pee occasionally, for the last three days, and that was really frustrating so I started taking the medicine AZO two or three times a day, although it's not really helping all that much. Do you think the medicine or the way the bladder infection is making pee and stuff compromised/will compromise the pill?

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Djuna
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A difference of an hour or an hour and a half won't affect efficacy - that's fine.

As for AZO - I'm assuming you mean Azo-Standard? It should say 'phenazopyridine' somewhere on the box. It looks like it's not a drug we prescribe in the UK, as I couldn't find it in any of my drug textbooks. However, none of the quite detailed drug information I could find online mentioned anything about intereference with contraceptive pills alongside the other side effects.

My instinct is that if the drug would interact with the Pill, it should say so in the leaflet they give you with the box, so check that to be sure. However, and please stop me if this gets too technical:
- The two main groups of drugs that interfere with the pill are those drugs that induce hepatic enzyme activity (that is, liver drugs), and broad spectrum antiobiotics.
- Azo is an analgesic or painkiller, so I can't see any reason why it would interact with your Pill.
- However, what I'm wondering is, have you been prescribed anything for the bladder infection itself? Some drugs given for that, like ampicillin or amoxicillin, are these broad spectrum antibiotics that will interfere with your Pill.

I hope that answers your question - like I say, none of the things you've said sound like they'd compromise your contraception, provided you're not taking anything else for the UTI.

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Typical Young and Dumb Teenager?
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No, I didn't go to the doctor for my bladder infection to be given drugs. I get them once every few months for who knows what reason; so, it's not really that big of a deal.

But thank you so much. Your answer is greatly appreciated. [Smile]

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Hey Typical, I would strongly suggest seeing a doctor about these UTIs, perhaps even a urologist if you're getting them so often. Untreated UTIs can spread to the kidneys, which can be very serious and even require hospitalization in some cases. Also, if you're getting UTIs so often, there may be an underlying problem that needs to be examined. I'm assuming by AZO you mean the AZO cranberry tablets? If so, know that those really do not treat existing UTIs, but only may help prevent UTIs. It's on the bottle, and there should also be a label that says the product has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. So if you want this to be diagnosed and treated properly (and hopefully avoid it from coming back over and over again), your best bet is to see a doctor.

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