Generally speaking, antidepressants will not interact with the effectiveness of your birth control. That is to say, if you’re on the pill and taking Prozac, you won’t get pregnant. The combination of the two could potentially cause changes to your mood, though. Antidepressants can affect your hormone levels, and hormonal birth control is comprised of synthetic hormones, so there may be some interaction between medicines. If you feel like your mood has changed significantly since taking this combination of medicine, it may be time to chat with your doctor about alternative options.
That being said, if you’re on birth control and being prescribed an anticonvulsant or mood stabilizer to treat your depression, you may run the risk of an interaction. These medications—such as felbamate, lamotrigine, phenobarbital, and primidone—can interfere with the effectiveness of your birth control. If you’re not sure if your medication is an anticonvulsant or mood stabilizer, call your doctor.
At Simple Health, we ask you to share your medical history and take it into consideration when selecting a birth control method for you. It’s important that you’re always honest about other medications and supplements you’re taking when you’re being evaluated for a new drug to avoid the risk of interaction, and birth control is no different.
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