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How does an etonogestrel implant interact with other medications?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

The following drugs may cause hormonal birth control methods to fail:

  • anticonvulsants
  • antiretroviral drugs
  • aprepitant
  • barbiturates
  • bosentan
  • cobicistat
  • dabrafenib
  • griseofulvin
  • mifepristone
  • mycophenolate
  • rifamycin
  • systemic retinoids
  • tranexamic acid

If you are taking ulipristal, etonogestrel can lead to side effects and should be avoided.

If you use the etonogestrel implant, you should avoid St. John's wort and sweet wormwood, also called artemether.

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