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I was recently prescribed amoxicillin for a chest infection and I'm 3 days into the 7 day course. I attended an emergency GP as my ear drum burst as a result of the infection, the GP didn't mention anything about the antibiotics affecting the pill.

The last time I was prescribed antibiotics I was told to take extra precautions such as condoms to prevent pregnancy. I quickly researched this on the internet earlier on and I found that the NHS now say that the contraceptive pill is only affected by 2 types of antibiotic, neither of which are the ones I'm taking.

Here is the link to the information I found.

I'm assuming that as I was given no advice from the doctor that this information is correct, however I just wanted to double check.

Also, as I'm coming towards the end of my pill pack for this month, it will end on Tuesday, and my antibiotics end on Wednesday do i skip the placebo week and carry on into the next pack? Will this be safe as I skipped my last 2 periods because it was necessary.

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The information on which antibiotics interact and to what extent is currently changing due to new research, so it's hard to give a definite answer.

Amoxicillin has been one of the antibiotics considered to potentially interact with the birth control pill. That doesn't mean that you are completely without protection, just that the level or protection may be slightly lower. So what you'll want to do is back up with condoms until you've started the new pack.

If you want to be extra sure, it's also a smart idea to call the pharmacist or your prescribing doctor to double check on this. And in the future, even if the doctor doesn't ask for it, you'll always want to mention any medication you are on when you are prescribed something new.

As for the pill, you'll want to keep taking that as you have been. If you've been skipping the withdrawal week (also I'm not sure what you mean when you say it was necessary) and you've discussed that with your doctor and they've given you the green light on it, you can also continue to do that now.

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Hi there,

I'm taking the pill Dianette and had sex thursday night. I took Diflucan pill on the friday to treat thrush. Would I have been protected during sex on the thursday or could i be at risk if pregnancy? thanks

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Any time you have a question about your pill's effectiveness you want to talk to your pharmacist or doctor. So you'll want to call and ask them - they'll be best to tell you.

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