Categories: Family Planning

Have you ever been on any other medication while on birth control pills?

Some drugs, including antibiotics and anti-seizure meds, can make birth control pills less effective.

Some medications alter the activity of the hormonal contraceptive once it enters your body. Some herbal supplements and some drugs used to treat HIV can also affect how well your pills work.

There are contraceptives that may not be affected by other medication, such as the implant and the intrauterine device.

Tell your doctor about all medications, over-the-counter agents, herbs, and recreational drugs that you take. They can tell you about any possible effects on the pill. You may also be required to use an additional contraceptive method, like condoms, until you complete your medication and are back in the safe zone.