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Question: Can face wash w/ anibiotic affect the pill?


 booboocat - Sun Sep 20, 2009 3:53 pm

I've been taking ortho tri-cyclen lo for approximately 6 months and have also been using an antibacterial facial cleanser (NeoCeuticals) for about 3 1/2 months. The product lists Triclosan .3% as the active ingredient. Could ongoing use of this low dose antibiotic affect the effectiveness of my pill?

I had sex twice this month and noticed that my period was much lighter and lasted 2 days longer than usual. I took a pregnancy test a week ago and it came out negative.

Thank you.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:55 pm

User avatar Hello,
Your antibiotic face wash will not affect the birth control pills at all. Even systemic (oral) antibiotics have been discovered to not be a problem as was once suggested. Only Rifampin (rarely used except for TB) has been shown to have this effect. As a result, doctors wondered if other antibiotics might also alter the pill but this has been largely dismissed as a problem.

Best wishes.

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