Antibiotics may make the contraceptive pill less effective, scientists warn

Women advised to use extra precautions when taking both drugs

Wednesday 19 August 2020 09:06
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Taking antibiotics may reduce the effectiveness of birth-control pills, researchers say.

Scientists are advising women to take extra precautions to avoid unwanted pregnancy when they are on the drugs that kill bacteria.

In a study published in the British Medical Journal’s Evidence-Based Medicine, they wrote: “This evidence suggests there is an interaction of antibacterial drugs with hormonal contraceptives, which can potentially impair the effectiveness of the contraceptives.

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