When you're on the birth control pill, you want to make sure the contraceptive is as effective as possible, which is why it's important to be aware of any possible negative interactions. Although most of the time there isn't much of an issue, there are a number of medications that can affect birth control effectiveness. Whenever you're prescribed something, it's always worth telling your doctor if you're on the pill, but you can also keep in mind the specific medications that may cause an issue in case you ever need them down the line.
"Many patients ask me if when taking birth control along with other medication, are they more at risk of side effects or complications," family physician Navya Mysore, MD, tells Bustle. "This is not necessarily the case. I worry more that the medication they are on could reduce the efficacy of their birth control medication. Hormones in different forms of birth control are all metabolized in the liver, where often many other medications are also broken down. The increased production of liver enzymes by other medications a patient is taking may interfere with possible hormone absorption."
When in doubt, you should always consult with your doctor about your risk of interference when it comes to different medications and your contraceptives, and discuss other forms of contraception that you are comfortable with in the meantime. Here are six medications that can mess with your birth control, according to experts.