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-arsyn-
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Well today I made a pretty bad mistake, sex + antibiotics + birth control. Somehow in the heat of the moment I just plain forgot that I have been/am taking antibiotics all week long. [Frown]

Could somebody please help me look this up? I can't seem to find information on these specific medications. I'm taking Ortho Tri-cyclen Lo, and the antibiotic is Ciprofloxacin, or Levaquin.

Also, should I take EC just to be sure? Would it even help?

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From what I can find, it doesn't look like ciprofloxacin (Levaquin) compromises the effectiveness of birth control pills. You should be okay.

Generally, taking EC with so small a risk is not a good idea- EC can be pretty hard on your body- so I wouldn't recommend it in this case.

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I can't seem to find anything about it either, but I'm not sure. I found one useful website that named off a lot of antibiotics, but at the end it said "and others."

So I either really need to take it, or really probably shouldn't. I'm worried about waiting until tomorrow, but maybe I should just call a pharmacist and hope their information is valid...

I'm really tempted to take the EC just in case, I don't want to make this mistake a second time. [Frown]

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I've kept looking online, and other than a few sketchy-looking posts in other forums, I haven't found anything specifically citing ciprofloxacin (or any similar antibiotics) as having an effect on BC pills.

Only certain kinds of antibiotics interact with BC pills. Rifampin is a big culprit, and some penicillin based antibiotics can be too, but it looks like cipro doesn't affect birth control pills.

If you're really concerned though, it wouldn't hurt to give your pharmacist a call- after all, we aren't doctors here- just to double check. At any rate, the best window of time to take EC is within 72 hours of the risk, so you do have a bit of time still to check it out if you want to.

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Yeah, I guess I might as well just wait then.

By the way thanks so much leabug. [Smile]

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No problem! [Smile]

Just a final note though- many still do recommend using backup while on antibiotics, because there are lots of anecdotes of women concieving while on BC pills and antibiotics. (Most of those drug interactions have never been proven in studies or statistics, but hey, better safe than sorry I guess, right??)

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