Lauren (_starcatcher_) wrote in vaginapagina,

Interaction with HBC

Hi everyone.

I was recently diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection. (No fun) and the doctor put me on a Z-Pack (azithromycin). I'm currently taking Lo Loestrin Fe. I know some antibiotics, rifamycins, among others (right?) can interact with birth control. But would a Z-Pack? I asked the pharmacist and she checked for me and said that it shouldn't lower the effect of my birth control. And when I use the drug interaction checker online, it says no interaction. But then when reading the informational packet with it, it says "Although most antibiotics probably do not affect hormonal birth cotnrol such as pills, patch, or ring, some antibiotics may decrease their effectiveness".

So I guess my question is, is the Z-Pack going to affect my birth control? And if it is, how long should I use condoms for (if my boyfriend and I do have sex), I know while I take the antibiotic, but for how long after I finish it? The doctor gave me 6 pills

Thank you! (I really do love this community!)
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