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    Birth Control and Steroids

    If one was taking Prednisone for an allergic reaction, will this mess with the affects of their birth control pills?

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    You can check drug interactions on this website:

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    Thanks so much!

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    No, it wont.

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    Check this out:
    We looked up prednisone, and it doesn't affect hormonal birth control. However, and a very big however, being on hormonal contraceptives can increase the effectiveness of prednisone. You need to talk to you physician and your pharmacist and tell them you are on hormonal birth control. They may want to lessen your dose of the prednisone, to decrease adverse effects and potential hazards. Anytime you are prescribed any medication, you need to tell both your doctor and your pharmacist what other medications you are on, including birth control. There are a lot of medications that prevent birth control from working, causing many women to become pregnant, and in this case there are medications that can interact in potentially dangerous ways. If you have already gotten this prescription, you need to call your pharmacist and doctor right away to make sure you should still take it.
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    make sure to always tell your pharmacist. just in case their records aren't sorted out correctly.

    i just saw an article yesterday on link removed that 700,000 americans a year go to the hospital for drug interactions.

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    Something else to look out for with Prednisone (I had to take it for an allergic reaction once, too)...if you're going to be on it for anything more than a week, you'll want to watch your food intake.

    Prednisone will send your appetite through the roof. Seriously, you will eat way more than you usually do and still feel hungry. Neither the doc or pharmacist warned me about it...after a couple days on it, I was thinking I was having some sort of weird relapse on binge-eating behaviors, so I was wracking my brains trying to figure out what was bothering me so much to trigger the ED behaviors.

    Turns out nothing was bothering me...it was just a side effect of the medication. Things went back to normal after I was done taking the Prednisone.

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    i just saw an article yesterday on link removed that 700,000 americans a year go to the hospital for drug interactions.
    Wow!!! That's quite a lot ~ great point Annie. It's so important to check your prescribed meds and over the counter meds with your doctor and pharmacist. I was shocked when I saw you cannot take certain cold medicines with blood pressure medicines, but it makes sense, because you need to control blood pressure, but it seems most people wouldn't even think about it, and it's very important to check.

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    yeah, I was binge eating on prednisone also (10 day dose). yikes. I just couldn't get food in my mouth fast enough. My doctor told me a story of how she had a patient on prednisone who brought in food into her office and kept eating the entire time and barely had time in between bites to answer the doctor's questions.

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    Additionally, prednisone and other steroids in general are rough on the gut (so they should always be taken them with food).

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