Are Your Sleep Drugs Hurting Your Contraceptives?

July 18, 2014 12:22 PM

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Are Your Sleep Drugs Hurting Your Contraceptives?

Multi-drug interactions are a common occurrence in medicine and can potentially harm the health of patients in a number of ways. Combined hormonal contraception, such as birth control pills, patches, vaginal rings or injections, are often overlooked when it comes to medication lists, but they too can be affected by or, in turn, affect the blood levels of other drugs.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, almost 22 percent of women between ages 15-44 use contraception, primarily in the form of the pill. That is a total of 13 million women in the U.S. alone [1]. Any medication that may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control can lead to an unwanted or u...

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