Ovysmen and Other Medications

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Some medications do not react well when used in conjunction with the pill. Some can make the pill ineffective and the pill can also affect how other medications act on the body. Therefore, you need to mention any medications you are using to your doctor so that they can make sure that the pill will work properly when you use both medications and there will not be any adverse effects.

Most of the medications used to treat epilepsy can stop the pill from working properly. Drugs such as topiramate, Felbamate, phenytoin, carbamazpine and oxcarbazepine will render the pill ineffective. Also, any medication that is used to treat HIV will also have a similar effect. Antibiotics and anti-fungal medications will also have adverse effects on the pill. Bosentan, which is used to treat high blood pressure and modafinil, which is used to treat daytime sleepiness, can stop the pill from working properly. Sedatives also have this effect. Some herbal remedies, such as St Johns Wort, can also affect the pill so you should also mention these to your doctor. If you are using these medications for a short period of time, you will most likely be advised to use additional contraception for the duration of your medication but if you are using them for a long period of time, you will probably be advised to change to another contraceptive method.

The pill can also affect how some medications work. It can affect ciclosporin, which is used for rheumatoid arthritis and transplants, lamotrigine for epilepsy, prednisolone for inflammation and theophylline for asthma and bronchitis. It may stop these medications from working properly and your doctor will decide whether your dose needs to be altered or whether you need to change to a different method of contraception that does not affect these medications.

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