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What should you know about birth control for women with epilepsy?

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Some anti-seizure drugs for epilepsy can interact with hormone-based contraceptives and make them work not as well. The medications also can raise your baby’s chances for birth defects.

Some hormonal birth control can lower the blood levels of anti-seizure drugs and make them less effective.

From: Birth Control for Women With Epilepsy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





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Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 4, 2019

SOURCES: Epilepsy Foundation, Women and Epilepsy Initiative, "Birth Control for Women with Epilepsy. French, Jacqueline, MD, professor of neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center; co-director of Epilepsy Research and Epilepsy Clinical Trials at the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. Morrell, M. and Montouris, G., , February 2004. Penovich, P. et al., , February 2004. Yerby, Mark, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of Neurology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University; founder, North Pacific Epilepsy Research, Portland, Oregon. Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.  





Cleveland Clinic Journal of MedicineCleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 4, 2019

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