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Not (PIC)turing Pregnancy - Medication Use

Why Does It Matter?

There has been an increase in multiple medication use within women of reproductive age. Understanding drug interactions can help you be proactive about your health.



  • Prescribed medications may have side effects, interact with other drugs or interact with food.  

  • Certain medications that are taken together may not work as well, the same goes for food.

  • Specifically, because you are not trying to become pregnant there are certain drugs that may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control. If you are taking specific medicines, such as Rifampin, they may decrease effectiveness of hormonal forms of birth control such as pill, patch and ring.

  • However, look up your specific kind of medicine because not all medicines will decrease the effectiveness of birth control.



  • If you are taking multiple medications make sure to look up if they negatively interact with each other, especially birth control.

  • Check all your medications to see if there are certain foods that decrease their effectiveness.

  • If you do plan to get pregnant at some point in the future make sure that you look at which medications can cause pregnancy complications.

  • Discuss potential medication interactions with a healthcare provider, make sure you do not stop taking a medication until your doctor approves.


Birth Control and Medication Interference-Bedsider

Multiple Medications: Will They Work Together- Cleveland Clinic

Learn which foods may interact with your medication’s effectiveness

MotherToBaby- These are given in English and Spanish

Page Updated: 8/7/2017