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Question: Birth Control & Herbal Remedies

 crazy26daisy - Wed Dec 09, 2009 2:51 pm

I am a 24 year old female who is sexually active, taking Tri-Sprintec, and has recently found solace for cystic acne in taking the herbal supplement Burdock Root. I have recently learned that burdock root has "antibiotic like properties", as well as that it may increase "estrogenic effects in birth control pills". Will burdock root effect the potency or ability of oral birth control to prevent pregnancy?
 Debbie Miller, RN - Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:29 pm

User avatar Hello,
The FDA does not regulate herbal supplements and so the standard drug testing is not performed on these. Therefore, we have limited information about the effects. There is only one antibiotic (rarely used Rifampin) which has been shown definitively to reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives so it is not an across-the-board concern with all. I cannot comment at all about herbal supplements. The industry self-regulates and may have some data but you would need to contact an herbalist or nutritionist for this information. I'm sorry I can't be of more assistance.

Best wishes.

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