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What herbal remedies can affect birth control pills?

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A number of herbal remedies don't mix well with birth control pills. Some that you should avoid:

  • St. John's wort. Some people use it to treat mild to moderate depression and sleep disorders.
  • Saw palmetto. Some people have tried it for hair loss.
  • Alfalfa. It's used for kidney, bladder, and prostate problems.
  • Garlic pills. Some people take these for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other heart and blood diseases.
  • Flaxseed. This is used for digestion problems like severe constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.

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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

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