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jessinator55
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would you all happen to have a list of antibiotics that interfere with birth control pills? i am taking ciprofloxacin 500mg twice a day for a UTI. I'm not sure if this medicine interferes as much as other antibiotics, so let me know:) thanks.
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KittenGoddess
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I don't have a list, but based on the prescribing information I see online, I don't believe that cipro interacts with BC pills.

HOWEVER, I am NOT an expert. Your best bet is to check the patient insert that came with your pills and antibiotics and/or to call the pharmacist that filled your Rx and ask them (that's a question they should be able to answer over the phone).

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It's broad-spectrum antibiotics which are thought to create SOME conflict (and while using a backup method is wise, in many cases, even without, the pill would still be effective enough). When in doubt, just call your pharmacist: it's one easy phone call.

Other possible conflicts incluse St. John's Wort, anti-tuberculosis drugs, and many anticonvulsants.

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jessinator55
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Yes, about St. John's Wort. Can it interfere with BC if it is used in skin products?
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Nah, stuff absorbed in the skin isn't going to get into your blood stream and affect the other medications you're taking. [Smile] It's really just when it's taken in pill/supplement form and ingested and absorbed into the body that way.

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thanks!
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