Hormonal Contraceptives/Pitolisant Interactions
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Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.
How the interaction occurs:
Pitolisant may speed up how quickly your body processes your hormonal contraceptive.
What might happen:
Hormonal contraceptives (e.g. "the pill", patches, implants, some IUDs, and the ring) may not be effective while you are taking pitolisant and you may become pregnant if you do not use other forms of birth control.
What you should do about this interaction:
Make sure your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. You should use a back-up form of birth control (e.g. condoms) or a non-hormonal form of birth control while taking pitolisant and for 21 days after the final dose of pitolisant. If you have questions about your birth control, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.Emergency contraceptives may be less effective also. You may need a larger dose than normal. Discuss the dose and the need to confirm that you do not become pregnant with a pregnancy test with your healthcare professional.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
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