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Effect of antibiotics on the Oral contraceptive pills - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Is there any negative effects if I take Ciprofloxacin as a precautionary measure to a UTI? I am on vacation and have had a UTI before and I am getting little nervous that I may have another one.
User :   In the past I have had a UTI and recently while on vacation, I am starting to get worried about having another UTI. We went to a Pharmacy today and they had an OTC drug called ciprofloxacin. I did some research and found that it is used as an antibiotic for UTI's. The dilemma is, I am not 100 percent sure that I have a UTI right now. Will this Cipro have any negative effects on my body or birth control pills if I take it as a precaution? The pharmacy did give me Urell- a 36 mg PAC Cranberry pill that is all natural to take but the language barriers did make it harder to ask the pharmacist about the side effects of the cipro. Thank you for the help.
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Doctor :   Antibiotics affect the metobolism of he oral contraceptive pills and so does ciprofloxacin.
Doctor :   You can use the antibiotic with the advice from a doctor and depending on your symptoms.
Doctor :   I would suggest you to use the antibiotics after consulting your GP.

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