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    Monophasic Contraceptives

    BOXED WARNING

    Atrial fibrillation, cardiac disease, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, edema, endocarditis, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, myocardial infarction, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, renal disease, stroke, thromboembolic disease, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, tobacco smoking, valvular heart disease

    Combined hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated in patients with a current or past history of stroke, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism or thromboembolic disease, or valvular heart disease with complications. Hormonal combined contraceptive agents have been associated with thromboembolism such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Such contraceptives are also generally contraindicated in women who have thrombogenic valvular disease or thrombogenic rhythm diseases of the heart (e.g., subacute bacterial endocarditis with valvular disease, or atrial fibrillation), or known inherited or acquired hypercoagulopathies (e.g., protein S deficiency, protein C deficiency, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin G20210A mutation, antithrombin deficiency, antiphospholipid antibodies). Because tobacco smoking increases the risk of thromboembolism, DVT, myocardial infarction, stroke and other thromboembolic disease, patients receiving combined hormonal contraceptives, including etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring, are strongly advised not to smoke. Risk is especially high for female smokers more than 35 years of age or those who smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day. Therefore, combined hormonal contraceptives are generally considered contraindicated in women over the age of 35 years who are tobacco smokers. A positive relationship between estrogen dosage and thromboembolic disease has been demonstrated, and for example, oral products containing 50-mcg ethinyl estradiol should not be used unless medically indicated. In addition, certain progestins may increase thromboembolic risk. The overall risk of venous thromboembolism in women using combined hormonal contraceptives has been estimated to be 3 to 9 per 10,000 woman-years. Preliminary data from a large, prospective cohort safety study suggests that the risk is greatest during the first 6 months after initially starting combined hormonal contraceptives therapy or restarting (following a break from therapy 4 weeks or more) with the same or different combination product. The risk of arterial thromboses, such as stroke and myocardial infarction, is especially increased in women with other risk factors for these events. Pre-existing high blood pressure, kidney disease, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, diabetes with vascular disease, and patients who are morbidly obese may also increase risk. After a combined hormonal contraceptive is discontinued, the risk of thromboembolic disease due to oral contraceptives gradually disappears. In 2 epidemiologic studies, which were required or sponsored by regulatory agencies, etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring users had a risk of venous thromboembolism that was similar to combined oral contraceptive (COC) users. Because of their association with elevations in blood pressure, combined hormonal contraceptives should be used cautiously in patients with mild to moderate hypertension or kidney disease; use is contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled or severe hypertension or hypertension with vascular disease. An increase in blood pressure has been reported in women taking combined hormonal contraceptives, and this increase is more likely in older women and with extended duration of use. The incidence of hypertension increases with increasing concentration of progestin. Blood pressure should be monitored closely in individuals with high blood pressure; discontinue use of the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring if blood pressure rises significantly. Combined hormonal contraceptives may also cause fluid retention, and patients predisposed to complications from edema, such as those with renal disease or cardiac disease, should be closely monitored.

    DEA CLASS

    Rx

    DESCRIPTION

    Vaginal combined hormonal contraceptive ring containing etonogestrel, a progestin of low androgenic and negligible estrogenic activity, and ethinyl estradiol
    Used for routine contraception in adolescent and adult premenopausal females; vaginal ring is left in place for 3 weeks, followed by a 1 week hiatus; women at increased risk for vaginal expulsion or irritation are not the best candidates for use
    All combined hormonal contraceptives contain a boxed warning regarding the increased risk for thromboembolism in women who smoke

    COMMON BRAND NAMES

    EluRyng, NuvaRing

    HOW SUPPLIED

    EluRyng/Ethinyl Estradiol, Etonogestrel/NuvaRing Vaginal Insert ER: 24h, 0.015-0.12mg

    DOSAGE & INDICATIONS

    For routine contraception under the following conditions.
    Switching from a combination oral contraceptive.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Insert 1 ring PV anytime within 7 days after the last combined oral contraceptive tablet and no later than the day that a new cycle of pills would have been started. No back-up method is needed. Remove ring after 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week rest. Then insert new ring.

    Switching from a progestin-only method.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Insert 1 ring PV based on the progestin-only method as follows: 1) Any day of the month when switching from a progestin-only pill; do not skip any days between the last pill and the first day of the ring; 2) On the same day as contraceptive implant removal; 3) On the same day as removal of a progestin-only IUD; or 4) On the day when the next contraceptive injection would be due. In all cases, use an additional method of contraception (e.g., male condoms or spermicide) for the first 7 days after insertion of ring. Remove ring after 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week rest. Then insert new ring.

    Following complete first trimester abortion.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Insert 1 ring PV within 5 days following a complete first trimester abortion; no need to use an additional method of contraception. If use of ring is not started within 5 days, follow the instructions as if patient has not previously used hormonal contraception and advise patient use an additional method of contraception for the first 7 days after insertion of ring. Remove ring after 3 weeks, followed by a one-week rest. Then insert new ring.

    Following delivery or second trimester abortion.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Insert 1 ring PV 4 weeks postpartum in females who elect not to breast-feed or after a second-trimester abortion. Those who are breast-feeding should not use the ring and should choose other forms of contraception until the child is weaned. Consider the increased risk of thromboembolism. If the postpartum patient has not yet had a period, rule out pregnancy prior to initiation; instruct patient to use an additional method of contraception for the first 7 days after insertion of ring. Remove ring after 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week rest. Then insert new ring.

    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Insert 1 ring PV on or before Day 5 of cycle (count first day of menstruation as Day 1). Remove ring after 3 weeks, followed by a 1-week rest. Then insert new ring. During the first cycle use an additional method of contraception (e.g., male condoms or spermicide) for the first 7 days after insertion of ring. For altering ring change days, lost rings, or other special situations, see specific prescribing information.

    For the treatment of severe acne vulgaris† related to sebum overproduction in females who have no known contraindications to hormonal contraceptives, desire contraception, have achieved menarche, and are unresponsive to topical anti-acne medications.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Follow dosage as for routine contraception. Improvement may not be noticeable for 2 to 4 months. Prolonged treatment may be needed to control condition.

    For the treatment or adjuvant treatment of amenorrhea†, abnormal uterine bleeding† (dysfunctional uterine bleeding†), hirsutism†, hypermenorrhea†, or polycystic ovary syndrome† related to hypoestrogenic or hyperandrogenic conditions in females with no known contraindications to hormonal contraceptives, desire contraception, have achieved menarche, and have been evaluated for causes of the condition.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Follow dosage as for routine contraception. Treatment for 6 to 12 months may be required; hormonal contraceptives have limited utility when the underlying cause is not related to a hypoestrogenic or hyperandrogenic state.

    For the treatment of endometriosis† to induce endometrial involution to a 'resting' phase and reduce the size and growth of endometrial tissue in females with no contraindications to hormonal contraceptives, have achieved menarche and who desire contraception.
    Vaginal dosage (e.g., Nuvaring, Eluryng)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Follow dosage as for routine contraception. Combined hormonal contraceptives can reduce endometriosis-associated dyspareunia, dysmenorrhea, and non-menstrual pelvic pain. Treatment for 6 to 9 months may be needed to induce endometrial atrophy and reduce symptoms.

    †Indicates off-label use

    MAXIMUM DOSAGE

    Adults

    1 ring/month PV.

    Geriatric

    Not indicated.

    Adolescents

    1 ring/month PV.

    Children

    Not indicated in prepubescent females.

    DOSING CONSIDERATIONS

    Hepatic Impairment

    Hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated for use in the presence of active liver disease or markedly impaired liver function.

    Renal Impairment

    Specific guidelines for dosage adjustments in renal impairment are not available; Nuvaring has not been studied in these patients.

    ADMINISTRATION

    Intravaginal Administration

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring (NuvaRing):
    Inform patient regarding the risks and benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives.
    Educate the patient regarding proper insertion and removal of the ring.
    The exact position of the ring inside the vagina is not critical for its function.
    The user can choose the insertion position that is most comfortable for her. An applicator is available to help insert the ring.
    Advise the patient not to deviate from the recommended regimen. The ring is to remain in place continuously for 3 weeks. Women should regularly check for the presence of the ring in the vagina (for example, before and after intercourse). It is removed for a 1-week break, during which a withdrawal bleed usually occurs within 2 to 3 days.
    A new ring is inserted 1 week after the last ring was removed, on the same day and at about the same time. A new ring should be inserted 1 week later even if withdrawal bleeding has not stopped.
    If the ring has been left in place for up to 1 extra week (i.e., up to 4 weeks total), it should be removed and the patient should insert a new ring after a 1-week ring-free interval.
    If the ring has been left in place for longer than 4 weeks, pregnancy should be ruled out, and an additional method of contraception (e.g., male condoms or spermicide) MUST be used until a new ring has been used continuously for 7 days.
    The vaginal ring may interfere with the correct placement of certain female barrier methods such as a diaphragm or female condom. These methods are not recommended as back-up methods of contraception during use. Information about ring interference with cervical cap placement is not available.
    There have been reports of the ring disconnecting at the weld joint. This is not expected to affect the contraceptive efficacy; however, vaginal discomfort or expulsion is more likely. If a disconnected ring is discovered, the ring should be discarded and replaced with a new ring.
    Disposition following removal: Once removed, the used ring should be returned to the foil pouch and discarded in a waste receptacle out of the reach of children and pets (Do not flush in toilet).
    Expelled or Lost ring:
    If the ring is expelled and is left outside the vagina for less than 3 hours, contraceptive efficacy is not reduced. The ring can be rinsed with cool to lukewarm water and reinserted as soon as possible, but at the latest, within 3 hours. If the vaginal ring is lost, a new vaginal ring should be inserted and the regimen should be continued without alteration.
    If the ring is expelled and left out of the vagina for more than 3 hours during the first or second week of use, contraceptive efficacy may be reduced. The vaginal ring should be reinserted as soon as possible and a barrier method such as male condoms or spermicides must be used until the ring has been used continuously for 7 days.
    If the ring is expelled and left out of the vagina for more than 3 hours during the third week of use, the ring should be discarded. A new ring can be inserted immediately to start a new 3-week cycle or the patient can wait to insert a new ring until after withdrawal bleeding occurs. If a new ring is inserted, withdrawal bleeding may not occur; spotting or breakthrough bleeding is a possibility. If the woman elects to wait until after withdrawal bleeding occurs, the new ring should be inserted no later than 7 days from the time the previous ring was removed or expelled. This option should only be chosen if the ring was used continuously for the preceding 7 days. In both instances, a barrier method such as male condoms or spermicides must be used until the new ring has been used continuously for 7 days.
    If the ring was out of the vagina for an unknown amount of time, consider the possibility of pregnancy and perform a pregnancy test prior to inserting a new ring.

    STORAGE

    EluRyng:
    - Avoid temperatures above 86 degrees F
    - Keep away from heat and flame
    - Prior to dispensing, store in refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F)
    - Product must be used within 4 months after opening
    - Protect from direct sunlight
    - Store at 77 degrees F; excursions permitted to 59-86 degrees F
    NuvaRing:
    - Avoid temperatures above 86 degrees F
    - Prior to dispensing, store in refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F)
    - Protect from direct sunlight
    - Store at 77 degrees F; excursions permitted to 59-86 degrees F

    CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS

    General Information

    Use of etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol, as with other contraceptive steroids, may result in clinical changes that influence the results of certain laboratory tests, such as coagulation factors, lipids, glucose tolerance, and binding proteins. Laboratory test interference has not been reported.

    Hereditary angioedema, history of angioedema

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is contraindicated in any patients with hypersensitivity to any of the product components. Hypersensitivity reactions reported include: throat constriction, facial edema, urticaria, hives, and wheezing. Ethinyl estradiol is generally contraindicated in patients who have a history of anaphylaxis or history of angioedema to estrogens. Hypersensitivity reactions, including both anaphylactic reactions and angioedema have been reported in patients taking estrogens. Events have developed in minutes and have required emergency medical treatment. In addition, exogenous estrogens may induce or exacerbate symptoms of angioedema, particularly in women with hereditary angioedema, which may be hormonally sensitive.

    Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, sexually transmitted disease

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring does not protect against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or other sexually transmitted disease. Conversely, patients with known HIV infection or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) should be aware that the use of the hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring will not prevent the transmission of HIV or other diseases to their partner(s).

    Contraceptive devices, infection

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring may not be a suitable contraceptive for some women. Vaginal stenosis, cervical prolapse, rectoceles, and cystoceles may make expulsion of the vaginal ring more likely to occur. Expulsion of the ring can occur during tampon removal. The ring device may not be suitable for females who are more susceptible to vaginal irritation or ulceration. Vaginal and cervical erosion and/or ulceration has been reported in females using other contraceptive vaginal devices. In some cases, the ring adhered to vaginal tissue, which necessitated removal by a health-care provider. Vaginal injury associated with ring breakage has also been reported. There have been rare reports of inadvertent insertion and removal complications of the other contraceptive vaginal rings into the urinary bladder, which has required cystoscopic removal. Patients who are unable to locate the vaginal ring that also present with urinary symptoms should be assessed for ring insertion into the urinary bladder. Some women are aware of the ring on occasion during the days of use or during intercourse, and sexual partners may feel the ring in the vagina. Intravaginal contraceptive devices, such as diaphragms, cervical caps, and female condoms are not recommended as non-hormonal contraception concurrently with this vaginal ring. The use of male condoms or spermicides are acceptable. Cases of toxic shock syndrome infection (TSS) have been reported by vaginal ring users. TSS has been associated with tampons and certain barrier contraceptive devices, and in some TSS cases vaginal ring users were also using tampons. Causal relationship between the use of a vaginal ring and TSS has not been established. If a patient exhibits signs or symptoms of TSS, consider the possibility of this diagnosis, remove the vaginal ring, and initiate appropriate medical evaluation and treatment.

    Atrial fibrillation, cardiac disease, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, edema, endocarditis, hypercholesterolemia, hypertension, myocardial infarction, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, renal disease, stroke, thromboembolic disease, thromboembolism, thrombophlebitis, tobacco smoking, valvular heart disease

    Combined hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated in patients with a current or past history of stroke, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolism or thromboembolic disease, or valvular heart disease with complications. Hormonal combined contraceptive agents have been associated with thromboembolism such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). Such contraceptives are also generally contraindicated in women who have thrombogenic valvular disease or thrombogenic rhythm diseases of the heart (e.g., subacute bacterial endocarditis with valvular disease, or atrial fibrillation), or known inherited or acquired hypercoagulopathies (e.g., protein S deficiency, protein C deficiency, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin G20210A mutation, antithrombin deficiency, antiphospholipid antibodies). Because tobacco smoking increases the risk of thromboembolism, DVT, myocardial infarction, stroke and other thromboembolic disease, patients receiving combined hormonal contraceptives, including etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring, are strongly advised not to smoke. Risk is especially high for female smokers more than 35 years of age or those who smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day. Therefore, combined hormonal contraceptives are generally considered contraindicated in women over the age of 35 years who are tobacco smokers. A positive relationship between estrogen dosage and thromboembolic disease has been demonstrated, and for example, oral products containing 50-mcg ethinyl estradiol should not be used unless medically indicated. In addition, certain progestins may increase thromboembolic risk. The overall risk of venous thromboembolism in women using combined hormonal contraceptives has been estimated to be 3 to 9 per 10,000 woman-years. Preliminary data from a large, prospective cohort safety study suggests that the risk is greatest during the first 6 months after initially starting combined hormonal contraceptives therapy or restarting (following a break from therapy 4 weeks or more) with the same or different combination product. The risk of arterial thromboses, such as stroke and myocardial infarction, is especially increased in women with other risk factors for these events. Pre-existing high blood pressure, kidney disease, hypercholesterolemia, hyperlipidemia, diabetes with vascular disease, and patients who are morbidly obese may also increase risk. After a combined hormonal contraceptive is discontinued, the risk of thromboembolic disease due to oral contraceptives gradually disappears. In 2 epidemiologic studies, which were required or sponsored by regulatory agencies, etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring users had a risk of venous thromboembolism that was similar to combined oral contraceptive (COC) users. Because of their association with elevations in blood pressure, combined hormonal contraceptives should be used cautiously in patients with mild to moderate hypertension or kidney disease; use is contraindicated in patients with uncontrolled or severe hypertension or hypertension with vascular disease. An increase in blood pressure has been reported in women taking combined hormonal contraceptives, and this increase is more likely in older women and with extended duration of use. The incidence of hypertension increases with increasing concentration of progestin. Blood pressure should be monitored closely in individuals with high blood pressure; discontinue use of the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring if blood pressure rises significantly. Combined hormonal contraceptives may also cause fluid retention, and patients predisposed to complications from edema, such as those with renal disease or cardiac disease, should be closely monitored.

    Surgery

    Surgery can increase the risk for thromboembolism from combined hormonal contraceptives. If feasible, discontinue etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring at least 4 weeks before and through 2 weeks after major surgery or other surgeries known to have an elevated risk of thromboembolism, and during and following any prolonged immobilization.

    Diabetes mellitus

    Because of the increased potential for embolic risk, combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) containing etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol are contraindicated in women who currently have diabetes mellitus and are over 35 years of age, diabetes mellitus with hypertension or with vascular disease or end-organ damage, or diabetes mellitus of greater than 20 years duration. Patients with diabetes mellitus should be observed for changes in glucose tolerance when initiating or discontinuing estrogen therapy, since estrogen therapy may exacerbate diabetes. Altered glucose tolerance secondary to decreased insulin sensitivity has been reported.

    Hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia

    Consider the potential risks for venous thromboembolism (VTE) or cardiovascular risks in patients with dyslipidemia before initiating combined hormonal contraceptives such as etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol in women, particularly a woman more than 35 years of age. Consider alternative contraception for females with uncontrolled hyperlipidemia. Combined hormonal contraceptives may cause adverse lipid changes. Females with hypertriglyceridemia, or a family history thereof, may be at an increased risk of pancreatitis when using combined hormonal contraceptives.

    Headache, migraine

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is contraindicated in patients with migraine or other headache that is accompanied by focal neurological symptoms, such as aura, or women over age 35 with any migraine headaches. Combined hormonal contraceptives may cause an exacerbation of migraine or a change in headache patterns and should be used with caution in women with migraine. Patients who complain of migraine with focal neurologic visual changes should be medically evaluated, and in some patients, such changes may indicate cerebrovascular events.

    Contact lenses, retinal thrombosis, visual disturbance

    Consistent with potential thrombotic effects of combined hormonal contraceptives, there have been clinical case reports of retinal thrombosis with combined hormonal contraceptive use. Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring should be discontinued if there is unexplained visual disturbance, partial or complete loss of vision, onset of proptosis or diplopia, papilledema, or retinal vascular lesions. Appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic measures should be undertaken immediately. Estrogens can increase the curvature of the cornea; patients using contact lenses wearers who develop visual changes or changes in lens tolerance should be assessed by an ophthalmologist.

    Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

    Given the increased prevalence of hypercoagulable states in patients with SLE (in particular antiphospholipid antibodies and lupus anticoagulant) and their risk factors for thromboembolism, consider risks vs. benefit of combined hormonal contraceptive use. Avoid use of these products in SLE patients with a history of venous or arterial thrombosis or the presence of a hypercoagulable state. If a combined hormonal contraceptive is initiated in SLE patients without hypercoagulable states, choose a low-dose estrogen contraceptive; consider the use of a progestin-only contraceptive. Combined hormonal oral contraceptive use has been reported to induce, unmask, or exacerbate systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); more data are needed.

    Pregnancy

    Discontinue the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring if pregnancy is detected; there is no reason to continue combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) during pregnancy. Epidemiologic studies and meta-analyses have not found an increased risk of genital or nongenital birth defects (including cardiac anomalies and limb-reduction defects) following exposure to CHCs before conception or during early pregnancy. If scheduled menstrual bleeding does not occur, consider the possibility of pregnancy. If the patient has not adhered to the prescribed dosing schedule, consider the possibility of pregnancy at the time of the first missed period and perform a pregnancy test. Perform a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy if the patient has adhered to the prescribed dosing schedule but misses 2 consecutive periods.

    Breast-feeding, obstetric delivery

    Manufacturers recommend avoidance of combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) if possible until a mother has completely weaned her child. Small amounts of contraceptive steroids (estrogens and progestins) have been identified in the milk of nursing mothers and a few reports of effects on the infant exist, including jaundice and breast enlargement. Experts often recommend avoidance of estrogen-containing hormonal contraceptives, in the first 21 days postpartum due to maternal post-partum risks for thromboembolism following obstetric delivery, and th e potential for interference with the establishment of lactation. It is generally accepted that estrogen-containing CHCs may be used after this period in healthy women without other risk factors; general monitoring of the infant for effects such as appetite changes, breast changes and proper weight gain and growth should occur. Estrogens, including ethinyl estradiol, have been reported to interfere with milk production and duration of lactation in some women, particularly at doses of 30 mcg per day EE or more. One study found that lower dose oral combined contraceptives (e.g., 10 mcg per day EE) may not affect lactation. However, a systematic review concluded that the available evidence, even from randomized controlled trials, is limited and of poor quality; proper trials are needed. Consider the benefits of breast-feeding, the risk of potential infant drug exposure, and the risk of an untreated or inadequately treated condition. Alternate contraceptive agents for consideration for use during breast-feeding include non-hormonal contraceptive methods and also progestin-only contraceptives (e.g., medroxyprogesterone injection).

    Cholestasis, gallbladder disease, hepatic disease, hepatitis, hepatocellular cancer, jaundice

    Combined hormonal contraceptives, such as the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring, are contraindicated in patients with hepatic disease. Because of the association with cholestasis and hepatic neoplasms, estrogens are contraindicated in the presence of hepatocellular cancer, hepatic adenoma, other liver tumors (benign or malignant), or markedly impaired liver function (e.g., uncompensated cirrhosis). Do not use hormonal contraceptives in patients with a history of cholestatic jaundice/pruritus of pregnancy or jaundice from prior hormonal contraceptives; these conditions can recur with subsequent combined hormonal contraceptive use. Discontinue use of ethinyl estradiol; etonogestrel if jaundice develops during combined oral contraceptive use. Steroid hormones may be poorly metabolized in patients with liver impairment. Acute or chronic disturbances of liver function may necessitate the discontinuation of combined hormonal contraceptive use until markers of liver function return to normal and combined hormonal contraceptive causation has been excluded. Patients with hepatitis C who are being treated with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir are also contraindicated to receive combined hormonal contraceptives. During clinical trials with the hepatitis C combination drug regimen that contains ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir, ALT elevations greater than 5 times the upper limit of normal (ULN), including some cases greater than 20 times the ULN, were significantly more frequent in women using ethinyl estradiol-containing medications. Discontinue combined hormonal contraceptives prior to starting hepatitis C therapy with the combination drug regimen ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir; the combined hormonal contraceptive can be restarted approximately 2 weeks following completion of treatment with the hepatitis C combination drug regimen. Hepatic adenomas are associated with combined hormonal contraceptive use. An estimate of the attributable risk is 3.3 cases/100,000 combined hormonal contraceptive users. Rupture of hepatic adenomas may cause death through intra-abdominal hemorrhage. Studies have shown an increased risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma in long term (more than 8 years) combined hormonal contraceptive users. However, the attributable risk of liver cancers in combined hormonal contraceptive users is less than 1 case per million users. Combined hormonal contraceptives should be used cautiously in patients with pre-existing gallbladder disease. Studies suggest a small increased relative risk of developing gallbladder disease or worsening existing gallbladder disease among combined hormonal contraceptive users.

    Depression

    Mood disorders, like depression, may be aggravated in women taking hormones or combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs). Data regarding the association of CHCs with onset of depression or exacerbation of existing depression are limited. If significant depression occurs, etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring should be discontinued.

    Breast cancer

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol is contraindicated in patients with a history of, or known or suspected breast cancer, as breast cancer is a hormonally-sensitive tumor. All women taking combined hormonal contraceptives should receive clinical breast examinations and perform monthly self-examinations as recommended by their health care professional based on patient age, known risk factors, and current standards of care. There is substantial evidence that use of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) does not increase the incidence of breast cancer. Although some past studies have suggested that COCs might increase the incidence of breast cancer, more recent studies have not confirmed such findings. The risks for etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring contraceptive are expected to be similar to COCs. Several large, well-designed observational studies have provided data regarding the risk of breast cancer with combined oral contraceptive (COC) use. From one large study published in 2017, the risk of breast cancer was higher among women who currently or recently used contemporary hormonal contraceptives than among women who had never used hormonal contraceptives, and this risk increased with longer durations of use; however, absolute increases in risk were small. The absolute risk of breast cancer associated with any hormonal contraceptive use was 13 per 100,000 women-years, which corresponds to 1 extra case of breast cancer for every 7,690 COC users in 1 year. Moreover, the same study data suggest that any increased risk of breast cancer usually disappears rapidly after an interruption in the use of COCs. There continues to be controversy regarding the risk of COC use in women with a family history of breast cancer (e.g., BRCA mutations). However, evidence does not suggest that the increased risk for breast cancer among women with either a family history of breast cancer or breast cancer susceptibility genes is modified by the use of COCs. Patients should be instructed to perform monthly self-breast examination and report any breast changes, lumps, or discharge to their health care professional. If breast cancer is suspected in a woman who is taking hormonal contraceptives, the contraceptive should be discontinued.

    Cervical cancer

    Etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring combined contraceptive is contraindicated in the presence of cervical cancer or other estrogen-responsive tumors. Most cervical cancers are related to the presence of the human papillomavirus (HPV), but hormonal factors influence risk. In women taking combined oral hormonal contraceptives (COCs), studies have found a slightly increased risk of cervical cancer compared with never-users. The risk appears to increase with duration of use and appears to decline when COCs are discontinued. Clinical surveillance of all women using combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) is important; all women receiving CHC treatment should have a pelvic examination and other diagnostic or screening tests, such as cervical cytology, as clinically indicated or as generally recommended based on age, risk factors, and other individual needs.

    Endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vaginal bleeding, vaginal cancer

    In those women with known endometrial cancer or other estrogen-dependent tumors (e.g., vaginal cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer), combined hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated, as such tumors are hormonally sensitive. Hormonal contraceptives are contraindicated in women with undiagnosed vaginal bleeding; evaluate such patients before combined hormonal contraceptive use to determine if a contraindication to use exists. The use of combined oral contraceptives (COCs) appears to have a protective effect against some cancers. In women using COCs, a meta-analysis of 10 studies indicates a significant trend in decreasing endometrial and ovarian cancer risk with increasing duration of COC use. The beneficial effects of COCs in this regard may persist for 15 years or more after COC use ceases. Whether etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring contraceptive use reduces the risk for endometrial or ovarian cancer is not known. Use of the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring is not expected to cause growth in uterine leiomyomata (fibroids).

    Corticosteroid therapy, hypothyroidism

    The estrogen component of combined hormonal contraceptives may raise the serum concentrations of thyroid-binding globulin, sex hormone-binding globulin, and cortisol-binding globulin. Doses of thyroid hormone replacement for hypothyroidism may need to be increased, as indicated by clinical and laboratory monitoring for the individual. Cortisol replacement therapy (e.g., corticosteroid therapy) may also need adjusted for some patients.

    Chloasma

    Chloasma may occur with combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) use, especially in women with a history of chloasma gravidarum (melasma). Advise females who tend to develop chloasma to avoid exposure to the sun or ultraviolet (UV) exposure while using etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring.

    Obesity

    Preexisting morbid obesity is one factor that may increase cardiovascular or thromboembolic risks associated with combination hormonal contraceptive use. Consider the presence of obesity and other underlying risk factors that may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or thromboembolism, particularly for women over 35 years of age. In premarketing clinical trials of etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal ring, females with obesity [body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or more] were excluded. Limited literature suggests that the effectiveness of some hormonal contraceptive formulations might decrease with increasing body mass index (BMI). However, the evidence is conflicting; there are also data to suggest that the efficacy of most combined hormonal contraceptive products (with a few known exceptions) does not seem to be compromised in women who are overweight.

    Children

    The safety and efficacy of the etonogestrel; ethinyl estradiol vaginal rings have only been established in females of reproductive age. Safety and efficacy of hormonal birth control is expected to be the same for postpubertal children under the age of 18 and for users 18 years of age and older. Use of hormonal contraceptive products in female children before menarche is not indicated.

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Severe

    azotemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    toxic-shock syndrome / Delayed / Incidence not known
    thromboembolism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    intracranial bleeding / Delayed / Incidence not known
    pulmonary embolism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    stroke / Early / Incidence not known
    thrombosis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    retinal thrombosis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    papilledema / Delayed / Incidence not known
    visual impairment / Early / Incidence not known
    optic neuritis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    myocardial infarction / Delayed / Incidence not known
    angioedema / Rapid / Incidence not known
    anaphylactoid reactions / Rapid / Incidence not known
    erythema nodosum / Delayed / Incidence not known
    erythema multiforme / Delayed / Incidence not known
    pancreatitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cholecystitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hepatoma / Delayed / Incidence not known
    bowel ischemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    porphyria / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Moderate

    vaginitis / Delayed / 5.0-14.0
    vaginal pain / Early / Incidence not known
    candidiasis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    edema / Delayed / Incidence not known
    fluid retention / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hypotension / Rapid / Incidence not known
    confusion / Early / Incidence not known
    infertility / Delayed / Incidence not known
    galactorrhea / Delayed / Incidence not known
    migraine / Early / Incidence not known
    hypertension / Early / Incidence not known
    depression / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cataracts / Delayed / Incidence not known
    elevated hepatic enzymes / Delayed / Incidence not known
    peliosis hepatis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    colitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cholestasis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hepatitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    jaundice / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cholelithiasis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cystitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    lactation suppression / Early / Incidence not known
    hyperlipidemia / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Mild

    leukorrhea / Delayed / 5.0-14.0
    nausea / Early / 5.0-14.0
    weight gain / Delayed / 5.0-14.0
    sinusitis / Delayed / 5.0-14.0
    headache / Early / 5.0-14.0
    breakthrough bleeding / Delayed / 2.0-11.7
    vomiting / Early / Incidence not known
    appetite stimulation / Delayed / Incidence not known
    breast enlargement / Delayed / Incidence not known
    weight loss / Delayed / Incidence not known
    emotional lability / Early / Incidence not known
    dizziness / Early / Incidence not known
    fever / Early / Incidence not known
    chills / Rapid / Incidence not known
    myalgia / Early / Incidence not known
    menstrual irregularity / Delayed / Incidence not known
    amenorrhea / Delayed / Incidence not known
    oligomenorrhea / Delayed / Incidence not known
    mastalgia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    anxiety / Delayed / Incidence not known
    libido decrease / Delayed / Incidence not known
    diplopia / Early / Incidence not known
    hirsutism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    acne vulgaris / Delayed / Incidence not known
    urticaria / Rapid / Incidence not known
    maculopapular rash / Early / Incidence not known
    melasma / Delayed / Incidence not known
    photosensitivity / Delayed / Incidence not known
    alopecia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    gingivitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    abdominal pain / Early / Incidence not known
    anorexia / Delayed / Incidence not known

    DRUG INTERACTIONS

    Acarbose: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Acetaminophen: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Dihydrocodeine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Magnesium Salicylate; Phenyltoloxamine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Phenyltoloxamine; Salicylamide: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine : (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Chlorpheniramine; Phenylephrine; Phenyltoloxamine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Codeine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Doxylamine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Guaifenesin; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dextromethorphan; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Dichloralphenazone; Isometheptene: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Diphenhydramine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Guaifenesin; Phenylephrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Hydrocodone: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Oxycodone: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Pamabrom; Pyrilamine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Pentazocine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Propoxyphene: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetaminophen; Pseudoephedrine: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Acetohexamide: (Minor) Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued.
    Acitretin: (Major) Acitretin interferes with the contraceptive effect of microdose progestins ('minipill' contraceptive preparations). It is not known if acitretin also interacts with other progestational contraceptives, such as etonogestrel implants, or if this method is an adequate method of contraception during acitretin therapy. However, female patients should be advised of the possibility that any contraceptive method can fail. Since Acitretin may cause serious birth defects, the patient should use 2 forms of reliable contraception at the same time for at least 1 month before beginning acitretin therapy, during acitretin therapy, and must continue to use them for at least 3 years after acitretin treatment has stopped. It is recommended that the patient either abstain from sexual intercourse or use 2 reliable kinds of birth control at the same time to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
    Albiglutide: (Moderate) Incretin mimetics slow gastric emptying and should be used with caution in patients receiving oral medications that require minimum threshold concentrations for efficacy, such as combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs). Some incretin mimetics make specific recommendations to reduce the risk for interaction. Taking an oral contraceptive at least 1 hour before an incretin mimetic injection should reduce the risk of an effect on contraceptive or hormonal absorption. For lixisenatide, the manufacturer recommends taking the OC 1 hour before injection or 11 hours after injection to reduce the effect on absorption. atients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis.
    Aliskiren; Amlodipine: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Aliskiren; Amlodipine; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Alogliptin: (Minor) Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued.
    Alogliptin; Metformin: (Minor) Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents like metformin should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued. Progestins can impair glucose tolerance.
    Alogliptin; Pioglitazone: (Minor) Estrogens, progestins, or oral contraceptives can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving > 50 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per day. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of this effect. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for changes in diabetic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. (Minor) Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued.
    Alpha-glucosidase Inhibitors: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued.
    Alprazolam: (Minor) Oral contraceptives can increase the effects of alprazolam because oral contraceptives inhibit oxidative metabolism, thereby increasing serum concentrations of concomitantly administered benzodiazepines that undergo oxidation. Patients receiving oral contraceptive therapy should be observed for evidence of increased response to alprazolam.
    Amikacin: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Aminoglycosides: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Amlodipine: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Atorvastatin: (Minor) Atorvastatin can increase the plasma concentrations of oral contraceptives when the drugs are coadministered. These increases should be considered when administering atorvastatin and oral contraceptives concomitantly. (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Benazepril: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Celecoxib: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Olmesartan: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Valsartan: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amlodipine; Valsartan; Hydrochlorothiazide, HCTZ: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Amobarbital: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment.
    Amoxicillin: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Amoxicillin; Clarithromycin; Omeprazole: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available. (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available. In addition, drospirenone has antimineralocorticoid effects; the progestin may increase serum potassium. Consider monitoring serum potassium concentrations during the first month of dosing in high-risk patients who take strong CYP3A4 inhibitors long-term and concomitantly. Strong CYP3A4 inhibitors include clarithromycin. (Minor) Coadministration of etonogestrel and strong CYP3A4 inhibitors such as clarithromycin may increase the serum concentration of etonogestrel.
    Amoxicillin; Clavulanic Acid: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Ampicillin: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Ampicillin; Sulbactam: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Amprenavir: (Contraindicated) Amprenavir may interact with most estrogens and progestins. Oral contraceptives in particular should not be coadministered with amprenavir. Oral contraceptives have been shown to decrease the serum concentrations of amprenavir, which could lead to loss of virologic response and possible viral resistance to amprenavir. Alternative methods of non-hormonal contraception are recommended if amprenavir is prescribed. (Major) Oral contraceptives and non-oral combination contraceptives should not be administered with amprenavir. Alternative methods of non-hormonal contraception are recommended. Clinically significant hepatic enzyme (transaminase) elevations may occur with concomitant use. Additionally, hormonal contraceptives, estrogens, and progestins may decrease the serum concentrations of amprenavir, which could lead to loss of virologic response and possible viral resistance. Additionally, data on the effects that other protease inhibitors have on the serum concentrations of estrogens and progestins are complex; some protease inhibitors increase and others decrease the metabolism of hormonal contraceptives. Coadministration of medroxyprogesterone, a CYP3A substrate with amprenavir, a strong CYP3A inhibitor should be avoided since it is expected to increase concentrations of medroxyprogesterone acetate. It is not known if amprenavir alters the metabolism of other hormonal contraceptives or other estrogen or progestin products. Because hormonal contraceptives do not protect against the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, women who receive hormonal contraceptives concurrently with protease inhibitors should use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms. In women receiving oral contraceptives containing the progestin drospirenone, consider monitoring serum potassium concentrations during the first month of dosing in high-risk patients who take strong CYP3A4 inhibitors concomitantly.
    Anastrozole: (Contraindicated) Estrogen therapy is not recommended during aromatase inhibitor treatment, due to opposing pharmacologic actions. Estrogens, including those found in hormonal contraceptives, could interfere competitively with the pharmacologic action of the aromatase inhibitors such as Anastrozole. The goal of aromatase inhibitor therapy is to decrease circulating estrogen concentrations and inhibit the growth of hormonally-responsive cancers. Aromatase inhibitors exhibit their antiestrogenic effects by reducing the peripheral conversion of adrenally synthesized androgens (e.g., androstenedione) to estrogens through inhibition of the aromatase enzyme.
    Apalutamide: (Major) Progestins are susceptible to drug interactions with hepatic enzyme inducing drugs such as apalutamide. Concurrent administration of apalutamide with progestins, oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives may reduce hormonal concentrations. Progestins are CYP3A4 substrates and apalutamide is a strong CYP3A4 inducer. If the hormone is used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of apalutamide. Monitor hormonal replacement therapy for loss of efficacy while on apalutamide, with dose adjustments as needed. Women taking hormonal replacement and apalutamide should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. This interaction does not apply to vaginal preparations of progesterone (e.g., Crinone, Endometrin). (Major) Women taking both estrogens and apalutamide should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed apalutamide. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of apalutamide. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on apalutamide, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and apalutamide is a strong CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination.
    Aprepitant, Fosaprepitant: (Major) If aprepitant, fosaprepitant is coadministered with hormonal contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptive devices (skin patches, implants, and hormonal IUDs), use an alternative or back-up non-hormonal method of contraception (e.g., condoms, spermicides) during treatment and for at least 1 month following the last dose of aprepitant, fosaprepitant. The efficacy of estrogens (including ethinyl estradiol) and/or progestins may be reduced when coadministered with aprepitant, fosaprepitant and for 28 days after the last dose. The exact mechanism for this interaction has not been described. Ethinyl estradiol is a CYP3A4 substrate and aprepitant, fosaprepitant is a CYP3A4 inducer; however, aprepitant, fosaprepitant is also a dose-dependent weak-to-moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor. When administered as an oral 3-day regimen (125mg/80mg/80mg) in combination with ondansetron and dexamethasone, aprepitant decreased trough concentrations of ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone by up to 64% for 3 weeks post-treatment. When ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate were administered on days 1 to 21 and aprepitant (40mg) give as a single dose on day 8, the AUC of ethinyl estradiol decreased by 4% on day 8 and by 29% on day 12; the AUC of norelgestromin increased by 18% on day 8, and decreased by 10% on day 12. Trough concentrations of both ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin were generally lower after coadministration of aprepitant (40mg) on day 8 compared to administration without aprepitant. Specific studies have not been done with other hormonal contraceptives (e.g., progestins, non-oral combination contraceptives), an alternative or additional non-hormonal method of birth control during treatment and for 28 days after treatment is prudent to avoid potential for contraceptive failure. Additionally, although not specifically studied, because estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates, the efficacy of estrogens or progestins when used for hormone replacement may also be reduced. The clinical significance of this is not known since aprepitant, fosaprepitant is only used intermittently. (Major) If aprepitant, fosaprepitant is coadministered with hormonal contraceptives, including hormonal contraceptive devices (skin patches, implants, and hormonal IUDs), use an alternative or back-up non-hormonal method of contraception (e.g., condoms, spermicides) during treatment and for at least 1 month following the last dose of aprepitant, fosaprepitant. The efficacy of progestins may be reduced when coadministered with aprepitant, fosaprepitant and for 28 days after the last dose. The exact mechanism for this interaction has not been described. Progestins are CYP3A4 substrates and aprepitant, fosaprepitant is a CYP3A4 inducer; however, aprepitant, fosaprepitant is also a dose-dependent weak-to-moderate CYP3A4 inhibitor. When administered as an oral 3-day regimen (125mg/80mg/80mg) in combination with ondansetron and dexamethasone, aprepitant decreased trough concentrations of ethinyl estradiol and norethindrone by up to 64% for 3 weeks post-treatment. When ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate were administered on days 1 to 21 and aprepitant (40mg) give as a single dose on day 8, the AUC of ethinyl estradiol decreased by 4% on day 8 and by 29% on day 12; the AUC of norelgestromin increased by 18% on day 8, and decreased by 10% on day 12. Trough concentrations of both ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin were generally lower after coadministration of aprepitant (40mg) on day 8 compared to administration without aprepitant. Specific studies have not been done with other hormonal contraceptives (e.g., progestins, non-oral combination contraceptives), an alternative or additional non-hormonal method of birth control during treatment and for 28 days after treatment is prudent to avoid potential for contraceptive failure. The clinical significance of this is not known since aprepitant, fosaprepitant is only used intermittently.
    Armodafinil: (Major) Armodafinil may cause failure of oral contraceptives or hormonal contraceptive-containing implants or devices due to induction of CYP3A4 isoenzyme metabolism of estradiol, ethinyl estradiol and/or the progestins in these products. Female patients of child-bearing potential should be advised to discuss contraceptive options with their health care provider to prevent unintended pregnancies. An alternative method or an additional method of contraception should be utilized during armodafinil therapy and continued for one month after armodafinil discontinuation. (Major) Armodafinil may cause failure of oral contraceptives or hormonal contraceptive-containing implants or devices due to induction of CYP3A4 isoenzyme metabolism of estrogens and/or the progestins in these products. Female patients of child-bearing potential should be advised to discuss contraceptive options with their health care provider to prevent unintended pregnancies. An alternative method or an additional method of contraception should be utilized during armodafinil therapy and continued for one month after armodafinil discontinuation.
    Artemether; Lumefantrine: (Major) Although no formal drug interaction studies have been performed, the manufacturer states that artemether; lumefantrine may reduce the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives, including non-oral combination contraceptives, oral contraceptives, and progestin contraceptives (i.e. norgestrel, progesterone, etonogestrel, levonorgestrel, medroxyprogesterone, and norethindrone). This may be due to a CYP3A4 interaction. Artemether; lumefantrine is a substrate and ethinyl estradiol is a substrate/inhibitor of the CYP3A4 isoenzyme. Additional use of a non-hormonal method of birth control is recommended. (Major) Although no formal drug interaction studies have been performed, the manufacturer states that artemether; lumefantrine may reduce the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives. This may be due to a CYP3A4 interaction. Artemether; lumefantrine is a substrate and ethinyl estradiol is a substrate/inhibitor of the CYP3A4 isoenzyme. Additional use of a non-hormonal method of birth control is recommended.
    Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin C: (Minor) Ascorbic acid, vitamin C acts as a competitive inhibitor of the sulfation of ethinyl estradiol in the gastrointestinal tract wall and may increase the bioavailability by 50%. Patients who ingest ascorbic acid supplements may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Aspirin, ASA; Butalbital; Caffeine: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Aspirin, ASA; Butalbital; Caffeine; Codeine: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine: (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine; Dihydrocodeine: (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Aspirin, ASA; Caffeine; Orphenadrine: (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Atazanavir: (Major) If ethinyl estradiol is administered with atazanavir boosted with ritonavir, it is recommended that the dose of ethinyl estradiol be at least 35 mcg. However, the dose of ethinyl estradiol should be no more than 30 mcg when administered with atazanavir that is NOT boosted by ritonavir. The mean exposure and minimum serum concentrations of ethinyl estradiol are increased when administered with atazanavir; but if atazanavir is boosted with ritonavir, mean exposure of ethinyl estradiol will be decreased. Data are limited regarding use of atazanavir with cobicistat. Instruct women to report any breakthrough bleeding or other adverse effects to their prescribers. It may be prudent for women who receive hormonal contraceptives with atazanavir boosted with ritonavir or cobicistat to use an additional method of contraception to protect against unwanted pregnancy. Further, because hormonal contraceptives do not protect against the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, HIV-infected women should use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms.
    Atazanavir; Cobicistat: (Major) Consider the benefits and risk of administering antiretroviral regimens containing cobicistat with etonogestrel. Insufficient data are available to make dosage recommendations, particularly when cobicistat is combined in other antiviral regimens. It is not clear how cobicistat alters various progestin-only agents used for contraception, fertility or luteal support, or for hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Instruct women to report any breakthrough bleeding or other adverse effects (e.g., insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and acne) to their prescribers. There is a potential for altered efficacy for combined hormonal contraceptives. Consider alternative methods of contraception, such as condoms, to prevent unwanted pregnancy and transmission of HIV/AIDS. When progestins are used for other purposes, monitor for altered clinical response to hormonal therapy. (Major) If ethinyl estradiol is administered with atazanavir boosted with ritonavir, it is recommended that the dose of ethinyl estradiol be at least 35 mcg. However, the dose of ethinyl estradiol should be no more than 30 mcg when administered with atazanavir that is NOT boosted by ritonavir. The mean exposure and minimum serum concentrations of ethinyl estradiol are increased when administered with atazanavir; but if atazanavir is boosted with ritonavir, mean exposure of ethinyl estradiol will be decreased. Data are limited regarding use of atazanavir with cobicistat. Instruct women to report any breakthrough bleeding or other adverse effects to their prescribers. It may be prudent for women who receive hormonal contraceptives with atazanavir boosted with ritonavir or cobicistat to use an additional method of contraception to protect against unwanted pregnancy. Further, because hormonal contraceptives do not protect against the transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases, HIV-infected women should use an additional barrier method of contraception such as condoms. (Moderate) Consider the benefits and risk of administering antiretroviral regimens containing cobicistat with estrogens, such as ethinyl estradiol, or mestranol, which is converted to ethinyl estradiol. There is a potential for altered efficacy for combined hormonal contraceptives. Insufficient data are available to make dosage recommendations, particularly when cobicistat is used in combination regimens with other antiviral therapies. Consider alternative or additional methods of contraception, such as condoms, to prevent unwanted pregnancy and transmission of HIV/AIDS. When patients are taking estrogen for hormone replacement therapy (HRT), it may be prudent to monitor for reduced clinical efficacy or unusual vaginal bleeding patterns.
    Atorvastatin: (Minor) Atorvastatin can increase the plasma concentrations of oral contraceptives when the drugs are coadministered. These increases should be considered when administering atorvastatin and oral contraceptives concomitantly.
    Atorvastatin; Ezetimibe: (Minor) Atorvastatin can increase the plasma concentrations of oral contraceptives when the drugs are coadministered. These increases should be considered when administering atorvastatin and oral contraceptives concomitantly.
    Azelastine; Fluticasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Azithromycin: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Aztreonam: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Bacitracin: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Barbiturates: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment.
    Beclomethasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Belladonna Alkaloids; Ergotamine; Phenobarbital: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment.
    Belzutifan: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and belzutifan should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed belzutifan. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of belzutifan. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on belzutifan, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and belzutifan is a weak CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Major) Women taking both progestins and belzutifan should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. An alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed belzutifan. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of belzutifan. For patients on hormone replacement treatments (HRT) with progestins, monitor for altered clinical response, such as increased hot flashes, vaginal dryness, changes in withdrawal bleeding, or other signs of decreased hormonal efficacy. Progestins are CYP3A4 substrates and belzutifan is a weak CYP3A4 inducer.
    Benzhydrocodone; Acetaminophen: (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects.
    Betamethasone: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Bexarotene: (Major) Bexarotene capsules may theoretically increase the rate of metabolism and reduce plasma concentrations of substrates metabolized by CYP3A4, including oral contraceptives. It is recommended that two reliable forms of contraception be used simultaneously during oral bexarotene therapy. It is strongly recommended that one of the forms of contraception be non-hormonal. Additionally, because of possible CYP3A4 induction, bexarotene may also decrease the efficacy of hormones used for hormone replacement therapy. (Major) Women taking both estrogens and bexarotene should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed bexarotene. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of bexarotene. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on bexarotene, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and bexarotene is a moderate CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination.
    Bismuth Subcitrate Potassium; Metronidazole; Tetracycline: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Bismuth Subsalicylate; Metronidazole; Tetracycline: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Blinatumomab: (Moderate) No drug interaction studies have been performed with blinatumomab. The drug may cause a transient release of cytokines leading to an inhibition of CYP450 enzymes. The interaction risk with CYP450 substrates is likely the highest during the first 9 days of the first cycle and the first 2 days of the second cycle. Monitor patients receiving concurrent CYP450 substrates that have a narrow therapeutic index (NTI) such as ethinyl estradiol. The dose of the concomitant drug may need to be adjusted.
    Boceprevir: (Major) Close clinical monitoring for signs of estrogen deficiency is advised when administering ethinyl estradiol in combination with boceprevir. When used concurrently, ethinyl estradiol plasma concentrations may be decreased, potentially resulting in impaired efficacy. If ethinyl estradiol dose adjustments are made, re-adjust the dose upon completion of boceprevir treatment. (Major) Use of non-oral combination contraceptives with boceprevir have not been studied and are contraindicated. Patients receiving boceprevir in combination with ribavirin (and their partners) are required to use two reliable forms of contraception, including a non-hormonal form of birth control, while on therapy and for at least 6 months after treatment. The manufacturer states that one of reliable forms of contraception can be combined oral contraceptives containing ethinyl estradiol and at least 1 mg of norethindrone. Bceprevir is a potent inhibitor of CYP3A4, has been shown to reduce the Cmax of norethindrone by 17%, a decrease which may be sufficient to reduce the effectiveness of combined oral contraceptives containing less than 1 mg of norethindrone. Additionally, ethinyl estradiol plasma concentrations may be decreased is administered with boceprevir.
    Bosentan: (Major) Hormonal contraceptives should not be used as the sole method to prevent pregnancy in patients receiving bosentan. There is a possibility of contraceptive failure when bosentan is coadministered with products containing estrogens and/or progestins. Bosentan is teratogenic. To prevent pregnancy, females of reproductive potential must use 2 acceptable contraception methods during treatment and for 1 month after discontinuation of bosentan therapy. The patient may choose 1 highly effective contraceptive form, including an intrauterine device (IUD) or tubal sterilization, a combination of a hormonal contraceptive with a barrier method, or 2 barrier methods. If a male partner's vasectomy is chosen as a method of contraception, a hormonal or barrier method must still be used by the female patient. Hormonal contraceptives, including oral contraceptives or non-oral combination contraceptives (injectable, transdermal, and implantable contraceptives) may not be reliably effective in the presence of bosentan, since many contraceptive drugs are metabolized by CYP3A4 isoenzymes and bosentan is a significant inducer of CYP3A enzymes. Decreases in hormonal exposure have been documented in drug interaction studies of bosentan with hormonal contraception. Additionally, estrogens and progestins used for hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may also be less effective; patients should be monitored for changes in efficacy such as breakthrough bleeding or an increase in hot flashes. Dosage adjustments may be necessary. (Major) Hormonal contraceptives should not be used as the sole method to prevent pregnancy in patients receiving bosentan. There is a possibility of contraceptive failure when bosentan is coadministered with products containing estrogens and/or progestins. Bosentan is teratogenic. To prevent pregnancy, females of reproductive potential must use two acceptable contraception methods during treatment and for one month after discontinuation of bosentan therapy. The patient may choose one highly effective contraceptive form, including an intrauterine device (IUD) or tubal sterilization, a combination of a hormonal contraceptive with a barrier method, or two barrier methods. If a male partner's vasectomy is chosen as a method of contraception, a hormonal or barrier method must still be used by the female patient. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on bosentan, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and bosentan is a moderate CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination.
    Bromocriptine: (Minor) Bromocriptine is used to restore ovulation and ovarian function in amenorrheic women. Estrogens and progestins can cause amenorrhea and, therefore, counteract the desired effects of bromocriptine. Concurrent use is not recommended; an alternate form of contraception is recommended during bromocriptine therapy. (Minor) Bromocriptine is used to restore ovulation and ovarian function in amenorrheic women. Progestins can cause amenorrhea and, therefore, counteract the desired effects of bromocriptine. Concurrent use is not recommended; an alternate form of contraception is recommended during bromocriptine therapy.
    Budesonide: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Budesonide; Formoterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Budesonide; Glycopyrrolate; Formoterol: (Moderate) Estrogens have been associated with elevated serum concentrations of corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG), leading to increased total circulating corticosteroids, although the free concentrations of these hormones may be lower; the clinical significance is not known. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and dexamethasone is a CYP3A4 inducer; concomitant use may decrease the clinical efficacy of estrogens. Patients should be monitored for signs of decreased clinical effects of estrogens (e.g., breakthrough bleeding), oral contraceptives, or non-oral combination contraceptives if these drugs are used together.
    Butabarbital: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment.
    Butalbital; Acetaminophen: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment.
    Butalbital; Acetaminophen; Caffeine: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Butalbital; Acetaminophen; Caffeine; Codeine: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and barbiturates should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed barbiturates. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of barbiturates. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on barbiturates, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and barbiturate are strong CYP3A4 inducers. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. (Moderate) Acetaminophen may increase plasma ethinyl estradiol levels, possibly by inhibition of conjugation. Patients taking acetaminophen concomitantly may experience an increase in estrogen related side effects. (Moderate) Barbiturates can accelerate the hepatic clearance of progestins. For hormonal contraceptives, this interaction could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding. For patients regularly taking a barbiturate, an alternative or back-up method of contraception may be advisable to ensure contraceptive reliability during the use of the barbiturate, and for 1 month following the discontinuation of barbiturate use. The exception is the use of levonorgestrel progestin IUDs, which have not been reported to interact and appear to maintain reliable efficacy. Pregnancy has been reported during therapy with both estrogen- and/or progestin-based oral contraceptives in patients receiving barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital). For patients taking progestins for other indications, like hormone replacement, monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of reduced therapeutic efficacy or need for dosage adjustment. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Cabozantinib: (Minor) Monitor for an increase in ethinyl estradiol-related adverse reactions if coadministration with cabozantinib is necessary. Ethinyl estradiol is a P-glycoprotein (P-gp) substrate. Cabozantinib is a P-gp inhibitor and has the potential to increase plasma concentrations of P-gp substrates; however, the clinical relevance of this finding is unknown.
    Caffeine: (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine in an effort to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors. (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Caffeine; Sodium Benzoate: (Minor) Serum concentrations of caffeine may be increased during concurrent administration with ethinyl estradiol. Patients may desire to limit products that contain high amounts of caffeine to minimize caffeine-related side effects such as nausea or tremors.
    Calaspargase pegol: (Major) The concomitant use of calaspargase pegol and hormonal contraceptives may reduce the efficacy of hormonal contraceptives. Women of reproductive potential should use a non-hormonal method of birth control during therapy and for at least 3 months after the last calaspargase pegol dose due to the risk of fetal harm. (Major) The concomitant use of calaspargase pegol and oral contraceptives may reduce the efficacy of oral contraceptives. Women of reproductive potential should use a non-hormonal method of birth control during therapy and for at least 3 months after the last calaspargase pegol dose due to the risk of fetal harm.
    Calcium: (Minor) Estrogens can increase calcium absorption. Use caution in patients predisposed to hypercalcemia or nephrolithiasis.
    Calcium-channel blockers: (Minor) Estrogen containing oral contraceptives can induce fluid retention and may increase blood pressure in some patients.
    Canagliflozin: (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued.
    Canagliflozin; Metformin: (Minor) Monitor blood glucose periodically in patients on metformin for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents like metformin should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued. Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. (Minor) Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be periodically monitored for changes in glycemic control when hormone therapy is instituted or discontinued. Estrogens can decrease the hypoglycemic effects of antidiabetic agents by impairing glucose tolerance. Changes in glucose tolerance occur more commonly in patients receiving 50 mcg or more of ethinyl estradiol (or equivalent) per day in combined oral contraceptives (COCs), which are not commonly used in practice since the marketing of lower dose COCs, patches, injections and rings. The presence or absence of a concomitant progestin may influence the significance of any hormonal effect on glucose homeostasis. (Minor) Progestins can impair glucose tolerance. Patients receiving antidiabetic agents should be closely monitored for signs indicating changes in diabetic control when therapy with progestins is instituted or discontinued.
    Carbamazepine: (Major) Women taking both estrogens and carbamazepine should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of contraception should be considered in patients prescribed carbamazepine. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of carbamazepine. Patients taking these hormones for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on carbamazepine, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Estrogens are CYP3A4 substrates and carbamazepine is a strong CYP3A4 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase estrogen elimination. Additionally, patients taking both anticonvulsants and estrogen may be at higher risk of folate deficiency secondary to additive effects on folate metabolism. If contraceptive failure occurs, the additive effects could potentially heighten the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. (Major) Women taking progestins with carbamazepine should report breakthrough bleeding to their prescribers. If used for contraception, an alternate or additional form of non-hormonal contraception should be considered in patients prescribed carbamazepine. Higher-dose hormonal regimens may be indicated where acceptable or applicable. The alternative or additional contraceptive agent may need to be continued for 1 month after discontinuation of carbamazepine. Patients taking progestins for other indications may need to be monitored for reduced clinical effect while on carbamazepine, with dose adjustments made based on clinical efficacy. Carbamazepine is a strong hepatic CYP450 inducer. Concurrent administration may increase progestin elimination This interaction does not apply to vaginal preparations of progesterone (e.g., Crinone, Endometrin).
    Carbapenems: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Carbenicillin: (Moderate) It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives containing estrogens due to stimulation of estrogen metabolism or a reduction in estrogen enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with oral contraceptives (OCs) and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma levels of oral contraceptives. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review of the subject concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Carvedilol: (Moderate) Increased concentrations of ethinyl estradiol may occur if it is coadministered with carvedilol; exercise caution. Carvedilol is a P-glycoprotein (P-gp) inhibitor and ethinyl estradiol is a P-gp substrate.
    Cefaclor: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects of oral antibiotics on the pharmacokinetics of contraceptive estrogens and progestins, and also examined clinical studies in which the incidence of pregnancy with OCs and antibiotics was reported. It was concluded that the antibiotics ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, clarithromycin, doxycycline, metronidazole, ofloxacin, roxithromycin, temafloxacin, and tetracycline did not alter plasma concentrations of OCs. Antituberculous drugs (e.g., rifampin) were the only agents associated with OC failure and pregnancy. Based on the study results, these authors recommended that back-up contraception may not be necessary if OCs are used reliably during oral antibiotic use. Another review concurred with these data, but noted that individual patients have been identified who experienced significant decreases in plasma concentrations of combined OC components and who appeared to ovulate; the agents most often associated with these changes were rifampin, tetracyclines, and penicillin derivatives. These authors concluded that because females most at risk for OC failure or noncompliance may not be easily identified and the true incidence of such events may be under-reported, and given the serious consequence of unwanted pregnancy, that recommending an additional method of contraception during short-term antibiotic use may be justified. During long-term antibiotic administration, the risk for drug interaction with OCs is less clear, but alternative or additional contraception may be advisable in selected circumstances. Data regarding progestin-only contraceptives or for newer combined contraceptive deliveries (e.g., patches, rings) are not available.
    Cefadroxil: (Moderate) It would be prudent to recommend alternative or additional contraception when oral contraceptives (OCs) are used in conjunction with antibiotics. It was previously thought that antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of OCs containing estrogens due to stimulation of metabolism or a reduction in enterohepatic circulation via changes in GI flora. One retrospective study reviewed the literature to determine the effects