PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What anti-fungal medications can affect birth control pills?

ANSWER

The two main ones to watch out for are griseofulvin (Gris-PEG) and ketoconazole (Extina, Nizoral, Xolegel).

Griseofulvin is used to treat skin infections like athlete's foot and jock itch. Ketoconazole is mainly used when other anti-fungal medicines aren't available or haven't worked.

Scientists believe the risk of anti-fungal meds affecting your birth control pills is low, so check with your doctor.

SOURCES:

NAM Aidsmap: "Contraception."

Rodriguez M.D., Maria Isabel "What medications mess with birth control?" Bedsider.com

DeRossi, S.S. , October 2002. Dental Clinics of North America

McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois, "Pill Interactions With Other Drugs"

Weisberg, E , May 1999. . Clinical Pharmacokinetics

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Griseofulvin," "Ketoconazole," "St. John's Wort," "Saw palmetto," "Garlic," "Alfalfa," "Flaxseed." Doodipala, S. , March 1, 2010.
Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology

Epilepsy Foundation: "Women FAQ."

Robertson P. , January 2002. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Narcolepsy UK: "All you need to know about modafinil and the pill."

Stanford Medicine: "Psychiatric Medications, Modafinil"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Questions and Answers: A Trial of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) for the Treatment of Major Depression."

Hall, S.D. , December 2003. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

NAM Aidsmap: "Contraception."

Rodriguez M.D., Maria Isabel "What medications mess with birth control?" Bedsider.com

DeRossi, S.S. , October 2002. Dental Clinics of North America

McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois, "Pill Interactions With Other Drugs"

Weisberg, E , May 1999. . Clinical Pharmacokinetics

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Griseofulvin," "Ketoconazole," "St. John's Wort," "Saw palmetto," "Garlic," "Alfalfa," "Flaxseed." Doodipala, S. , March 1, 2010.
Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology

Epilepsy Foundation: "Women FAQ."

Robertson P. , January 2002. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Narcolepsy UK: "All you need to know about modafinil and the pill."

Stanford Medicine: "Psychiatric Medications, Modafinil"

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Questions and Answers: A Trial of St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) for the Treatment of Major Depression."

Hall, S.D. , December 2003. Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on December 04, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

What anti-seizure drugs can affect birth control pills?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.

    Other Answers On: