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Ok, i was just wondering if medicines have an effect on the pill. My g/f is on OTC and has been since about january, but she is on all kinds of anti-depressents and mood altering medications and i have had a bunch of people tell me that they interfere with the effectiveness of the pill and i was just wondering if they were right or not?
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Since OTC refers to medications available without a prescription, and not anything specific, and I don't know what your GF's on, I really couldn't tell you. She needs to ask her doctor. And since you're using condoms already, right? (when peace of mind from pregancy and disease risk can come in the form of an easily available, teeny bit of latex that's also darn cheap, why pass it up?), and the Pill's being used as a back-up form of contraception (I hope), it's not a horribly big deal anyway.
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I'm not familiar with the term "OTC," except in the usage of over-the-counter.

If your girlfriend is taking medications in addition to a method of hormonal birth control, she needs to check with her doctor as to possible interactions. None of us are doctors, and though there may indeed be some interactions, we can't just guess what they might be.

She needs to find out from her doc pronto.

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She could also ask her pharmacist -- they're trained to know and look out for possible drug interactions. so, if she's getting all her meds from the same place, have her call the pharmacy and ask, or call her doctor.

If she's not getting all her meds from the same place (for example, if she's getting her anti-depression meds at one pharmacy and her pills from a clinic) she needs to let both places know what other medications she's on. This is really important, because unless pharmacists and doctors know what other medications someone is on, they can't accurately predict and prescribe effective medications.


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I was thinking that OTC means Ortho Tri Cyclen? In that case, it's birth control pills. Birth control pills have a possible side effect of depression. Whoever she's getting the bc pills from should know her history of depression. She could check with her doctor or the pharmacy about the drug interaction.

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