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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 (CHCs) are contraindicated in patients with a current or past history of stroke, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolic disease, or valvular heart disease with complications. CHCs have been associated with thromboembolism such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). CHCs are also generally contraindicated in women who have thrombogenic valvular or thrombogenic rhythm diseases of the heart (e.g., subacute bacterial endocarditis with valvular disease, or atrial fibrillation), or a known inherited or acquired hypercoagulopathies (e.g., protein S deficiency, protein C deficiency, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin G20210A mutation, antithrombin deficiency, antiphosphlipid antibodies). Because tobacco smoking increases the risk of DVT, myocardial infarction, stroke and other thromboembolic disease, patients receiving CHCs are strongly advised not to smoke. Risk is especially high for in female smokers 35 years of age or older or those who smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day. Therefore, CHCs 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. 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 CHCs 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 CHC 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, or patients who are morbidly obese may also increase risk. After a CHC is discontinued, the risk of thromboembolic disease gradually disappears. Route of administration may influence risk as well; a higher estrogen exposure occurs with use of this contraceptive patch vs. oral contraceptives containing 35 mcg/day of ethinyl estradiol and may increase the risks for thromboembolism in some patients. Because of their association with elevations in blood pressure, CHCs 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 CHCs, 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 norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol transdermal patch if blood pressure rises significantly. CHCs may also cause fluid retention, and patients predisposed to complications from edema, such as those with cardiac disease or renal disease, should be closely monitored.

    Obesity

    Preexisting morbid obesity is one factor that may increase cardiovascular or thromboembolic risks associated with combination hormonal contraceptive use, particularly for women over 35 years of age. Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch is contraindicated in women with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater since clinical data indicate the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is greater in these women compared to women with a lower BMI. Limited literature suggests that the effectiveness of the patch might decrease with increasing body mass index (BMI) in overweight women. However, the evidence is conflicting; there are also data to suggest that efficacy is not compromised in women who are overweight. Compared to barrier methods, the norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch provides superior contraception even in women who are overweight.

    DEA CLASS

    Rx

    DESCRIPTION

    Combined hormonal contraceptive transdermal patch containing ethinyl estradiol and norelgestromin, a progestin of low androgenic and negligible estrogenic activity
    Patch is worn for 1 week and replaced weekly for 3 consecutive weeks, the 4th week is 'patch free'
    Used for routine contraception in adolescent and adult premenopausal females
    All combined hormonal contraceptives contain a boxed warning regarding the increased risk for thromboembolism in women who smoke; the higher estrogen exposure with this patch vs. oral contraceptives may increase thromboembolic risk

    COMMON BRAND NAMES

    Ortho Evra, Xulane

    HOW SUPPLIED

    Norelgestromin, Ethinyl Estradiol/Ortho Evra/Xulane Transdermal Film ER: 24h, 0.15-0.035mg

    DOSAGE & INDICATIONS

    For routine contraception.
    No preceding hormonal contraceptive use in the past month (basic dosage instructions).
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Apply 1 transdermal system (delivering 150 mcg of norelgestromin and 35 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per 24 hours) topically to the skin. The patch is removed and reapplied once weekly (every 7 days) for 3 weeks, followed by a patch-free period of 1 week before resuming the dosage cycle. Females who elect not to breast-feed should start contraceptive therapy with this patch no sooner than 4 weeks after childbirth. If a woman begins using this drug postpartum and has not yet had a period, the possibility of conception occurring prior to use of the patch should be considered; instruct patient to use an additional non-hormonal method of contraception for the first 7 days. Following a first trimester miscarriage or abortion, the patch may be started immediately; an additional method of contraception is not needed. If not started within 5 days following a first trimester abortion, the woman should follow the instructions for starting the drug for the first time. In the meantime she should be advised to use a non-hormonal contraceptive method. Ovulation may occur within 10 days of an abortion or miscarriage. Do not start this patch earlier than 4 weeks after a second trimester abortion or miscarriage. When used postpartum or postabortion, the increased risk of thromboembolic disease must be considered.

    To change the 'patch change day'.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    The female should complete her current cycle, removing the third patch on the correct day. During the patch-free week, she may select an earlier patch change day by applying a new patch on the desired day. In no case should there be more than 7 consecutive patch-free days.

    If a woman forgets to change her patch.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    If the patch cycle (Week 1/Day 1) is not started on time, protection from pregnancy may not occur. Apply the first-week patch of a new cycle as soon as it is remembered. Assign this as the new 'patch change day'. Use back-up non-hormonal contraception for the first week of new cycle. If a patch is forgotten in the middle of the cycle (Week 2 or Week 3) for 1 to 2 days (less than 48 hours), apply a new patch immediately. Apply the next weekly patch on the usual 'patch change day'. No back-up contraception is needed. If a patch is forgotten mid-cycle (Week 2 or Week 3) for more than 2 days (48 hours or more), protection from pregnancy may not occur. Stop the current contraceptive cycle. Start a new 4-week cycle immediately by applying a new patch. Assign this as the new 'patch change day'. Use back-up non-hormonal contraception for the first week of new cycle. If the woman forgets to remove her patch at the end of the patch cycle (Week 4/Day 22), she should take it off as soon as she remembers. Start the next cycle on the usual day, which is the day after Day 28. No back-up contraception is needed. There should not be more than a 7-day patch-free interval between cycles. If there are more than 7 patch-free days, protection from pregnancy may not occur; use back-up non-hormonal contraception for 7 days. The risk of ovulation increases with each day beyond the recommended drug-free period.

    If the patch is lost.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    A patch should not be re-applied if it is no longer sticky, if it has become stuck to itself or another surface, if it has other material stuck to it, or if it has become loose or fallen off before. If a patch cannot be re-applied, a new patch should be applied immediately. Supplemental adhesives or wraps should not be used to hold an old patch in place. If a patch is partially or completely detached for 24 hours or more OR if the patient is unsure how long the patch has been detached, she may not be protected from pregnancy. She should stop the current contraceptive cycle and start a new cycle immediately by applying a new patch. Back-up non-hormonal contraception must be used for the first week of the new cycle.

    To switch from an oral contraceptive (OC) to this patch contraceptive.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    The patch is removed and reapplied once weekly (every 7 days) for 3 weeks, followed by a patch-free period of 1 week before resuming the dosage cycle. Complete the current pill cycle and apply the first transdermal system (delivering 150 mcg of norelgestromin and 35 mcg of ethinyl estradiol per 24 hours) topically to the skin on the day patient would normally start the next pill. If there is no withdrawal bleeding within one week of the last active OC tablet, rule out pregnancy before beginning the patch. If therapy starts later than the first day of withdrawal bleeding, use a non-hormonal contraceptive concurrently for 7 days.

    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.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    Adult and Adolescent females

    Follow weekly 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 who have no known contraindications to hormonal contraceptives, desire contraception, have achieved menarche, and have been evaluated for causes of the condition.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    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.
    Transdermal dosage (Ortho Evra, Xulane)
    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 patch/week transdermally.

    Elderly

    Not indicated.

    Adolescents

    1 patch/week transdermally.

    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; Ortho Evra has not been studied in these patients.

    ADMINISTRATION

    Topical Administration
    Transdermal Patch Formulations

    Xulane Transdermal Contraceptive Patch:
    Inform patients regarding the risks and benefits of combined hormonal contraceptives.
    The patch is applied once weekly for 3 weeks. Each patch should be worn for 1 week.
    Establish a 'patch change' day on the same day of the week once weekly.
    How to apply the patch: Apply to clean, dry, intact healthy skin on the buttock, abdomen, upper outer arm or upper torso, in a place where it won't be rubbed by tight clothing. Do not place on skin that is red, irritated or cut, and do not place on the breasts. When applying a new patch, do not apply the new patch directly over the previous patch site. If using the patch results in uncomfortable irritation, the patch may be removed, and a new patch may be applied to a different location until the next 'patch change' day. Only one patch should be worn at a time. Do not cut or alter the patch in any way; the whole patch should be applied.
    Avoid the use of large amounts of body lotions or oils. To prevent interference with the adhesive properties, no makeup, creams, lotions, moisturizers, oils, powders or other topical products should be applied to the skin area where the patch is or will be placed.
    Check the patch for partial or complete detachment daily and after frequent or prolonged water exposure (e.g., swimming).
    If the patch lifts at the edges, reattach by pressing firmly and smoothing down the edges of the system. If the patch comes off completely, try to reapply the patch that detached. If the patch does not adhere completely, apply a new patch immediately.
    Refer to the patient information for complete instructions on how to manage partial or complete patch detachments and late/missed patch applications.
    Once removed, a used patch should be folded to stick to itself and discarded in a waste receptacle out of the reach of children and pets (do not flush in the toilet).

    STORAGE

    Ortho Evra:
    - Do not freeze
    - Do not refrigerate
    - Do not store outside the pouch provided
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F
    Xulane:
    - Do not freeze
    - Do not refrigerate
    - Do not store outside the pouch provided
    - Store between 68 to 77 degrees F, excursions permitted 59 to 86 degrees F

    CONTRAINDICATIONS / PRECAUTIONS

    General Information

    Use of norelgestromin; 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.

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

    Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol 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 this contraceptive patch will not prevent the transmission of HIV or other diseases to their partner(s).

    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 (CHCs) are contraindicated in patients with a current or past history of stroke, cerebrovascular disease, coronary artery disease, coronary thrombosis, myocardial infarction, thrombophlebitis, thromboembolic disease, or valvular heart disease with complications. CHCs have been associated with thromboembolism such as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). CHCs are also generally contraindicated in women who have thrombogenic valvular or thrombogenic rhythm diseases of the heart (e.g., subacute bacterial endocarditis with valvular disease, or atrial fibrillation), or a known inherited or acquired hypercoagulopathies (e.g., protein S deficiency, protein C deficiency, Factor V Leiden, prothrombin G20210A mutation, antithrombin deficiency, antiphosphlipid antibodies). Because tobacco smoking increases the risk of DVT, myocardial infarction, stroke and other thromboembolic disease, patients receiving CHCs are strongly advised not to smoke. Risk is especially high for in female smokers 35 years of age or older or those who smoke 15 or more cigarettes per day. Therefore, CHCs 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. 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 CHCs 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 CHC 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, or patients who are morbidly obese may also increase risk. After a CHC is discontinued, the risk of thromboembolic disease gradually disappears. Route of administration may influence risk as well; a higher estrogen exposure occurs with use of this contraceptive patch vs. oral contraceptives containing 35 mcg/day of ethinyl estradiol and may increase the risks for thromboembolism in some patients. Because of their association with elevations in blood pressure, CHCs 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 CHCs, 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 norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol transdermal patch if blood pressure rises significantly. CHCs may also cause fluid retention, and patients predisposed to complications from edema, such as those with cardiac disease or renal disease, should be closely monitored.

    Surgery

    Surgery can increase the risk for thromboembolism from combined hormonal contraceptives. If feasible, discontinue norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch 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, norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch is 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 (CHCs) such as norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch in women, particularly a woman more than 35 years of age. Consider alternative contraception for females with uncontrolled hyperlipidemia. CHCs may cause adverse lipid changes. Females with hypertriglyceridemia, or a family history thereof, may be at an increased risk of pancreatitis when using CHCs.

    Headache, migraine

    Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch 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. CHCs 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. Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch 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.

    Hereditary angioedema, history of angioedema

    Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch is contraindicated in any patients with hypersensitivity to any of the product components. 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.

    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 norelgestrom; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch 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 norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch, 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, norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch should be discontinued.

    Breast cancer

    Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch 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 (CHCs) 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 CHCs does not increase the incidence of breast cancer. Although some past studies have suggested that CHCs might increase the incidence of breast cancer, more recent studies have not confirmed such findings. The risks for norelgestromin ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch are expected to be similar to oral combined contraceptives (COCs). Several large, well designed observational studies have provided data regarding the risk of breast cancer with 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 CHC 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 CHCs. 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

    Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch, like other combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs), 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. Data detailing the risk in users of this norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch are not available, but the patch is thought to have similar risks to COC use. Clinical surveillance of all women using 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. The use of norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch is expected to have similar outcomes to COC use. Use of the norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol transdermal patch 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 norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch.

    Obesity

    Preexisting morbid obesity is one factor that may increase cardiovascular or thromboembolic risks associated with combination hormonal contraceptive use, particularly for women over 35 years of age. Norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch is contraindicated in women with a BMI of 30 kg/m2 or greater since clinical data indicate the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE) is greater in these women compared to women with a lower BMI. Limited literature suggests that the effectiveness of the patch might decrease with increasing body mass index (BMI) in overweight women. However, the evidence is conflicting; there are also data to suggest that efficacy is not compromised in women who are overweight. Compared to barrier methods, the norelgestromin; ethinyl estradiol contraceptive patch provides superior contraception even in women who are overweight.

    Children

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

    ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Severe

    pulmonary embolism / Delayed / 0-2.5
    hypertensive crisis / Early / 0-1.0
    myocardial infarction / Delayed / 0-1.0
    thrombosis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    thromboembolism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    stroke / Early / Incidence not known
    optic neuritis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    keratoconus / Delayed / Incidence not known
    retinal thrombosis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    erythema nodosum / Delayed / Incidence not known
    erythema multiforme / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hepatoma / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cholecystitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    pancreatitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    new primary malignancy / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Moderate

    vaginitis / Delayed / 3.9-3.9
    candidiasis / Delayed / 3.9-3.9
    migraine / Early / 2.7-2.7
    galactorrhea / Delayed / 0-2.5
    fluid retention / Delayed / 0-2.5
    contact dermatitis / Delayed / 0-2.5
    erythema / Early / 0-2.5
    cholestasis / Delayed / 0-2.5
    vaginal bleeding / Delayed / Incidence not known
    lactation suppression / Early / Incidence not known
    colitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    edema / Delayed / Incidence not known
    depression / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hypertension / Early / Incidence not known
    peliosis hepatis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cholelithiasis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    jaundice / Delayed / Incidence not known
    elevated hepatic enzymes / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hepatitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    hyperglycemia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    cervical dysplasia / Delayed / Incidence not known

    Mild

    mastalgia / Delayed / 22.4-22.4
    headache / Early / 21.0-21.0
    breakthrough bleeding / Delayed / 8.0-18.2
    nausea / Early / 16.6-16.6
    abdominal pain / Early / 8.1-8.1
    dysmenorrhea / Delayed / 7.8-7.8
    emotional lability / Early / 6.3-6.3
    anxiety / Delayed / 6.3-6.3
    diarrhea / Early / 4.2-4.2
    dizziness / Early / 3.3-3.3
    acne vulgaris / Delayed / 2.9-2.9
    weight gain / Delayed / 2.7-2.7
    fatigue / Early / 2.6-2.6
    vaginal discharge / Delayed / 0-2.5
    libido increase / Delayed / 0-2.5
    libido decrease / Delayed / 0-2.5
    insomnia / Early / 0-2.5
    malaise / Early / 0-2.5
    pruritus / Rapid / 2.5-2.5
    skin irritation / Early / 0-2.5
    amenorrhea / Delayed / 0-1.0
    menstrual irregularity / Delayed / Incidence not known
    breast discharge / Delayed / Incidence not known
    breast enlargement / Delayed / Incidence not known
    appetite stimulation / Delayed / Incidence not known
    dysgeusia / Early / Incidence not known
    irritability / Delayed / Incidence not known
    diplopia / Early / Incidence not known
    photosensitivity / Delayed / Incidence not known
    maculopapular rash / Early / Incidence not known
    alopecia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    rash / Early / Incidence not known
    hirsutism / Delayed / Incidence not known
    melasma / Delayed / Incidence not known
    urticaria / Rapid / Incidence not known
    gingivitis / Delayed / Incidence not known
    anorexia / Delayed / Incidence not known
    insulin resistance / 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.
    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.
    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. 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 norelgestromin. 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 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.
    Cefazolin: (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.
    Cefdinir: (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.
    Cefditoren: (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.
    Cefepime: (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.
    Cefiderocol: (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.
    Cefixime: (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.
    Cefotaxime: (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 justi