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Drug interactions between boceprevir and ethinyl estradiol

Results for the following 2 drugs:
boceprevir
ethinyl estradiol

Interactions between your drugs

Major

ethinyl estradiol ↔ boceprevir

Applies to:ethinyl estradiol and boceprevir

Boceprevir may reduce the blood levels and effects of ethinyl estradiol, which may make it less reliable as a form of birth control. You may continue to use ethinyl estradiol if desired, but two alternative, non-hormonal methods of birth control should be used during and for two weeks after treatment with boceprevir to avoid unintended pregnancy. This is particularly important because one of the other hepatitis C medications that you must use, ribavirin, is known to cause major birth defects or even death in the unborn child. Examples of non-hormonal methods of birth control include: a male condom with spermicidal jelly OR a female condom with spermicidal jelly--a combination of a male condom and a female condom is not suitable; a diaphragm with spermicidal jelly; a cervical cap with spermicidal jelly; or an intrauterine device (IUD). Talk to your gynecologist or other healthcare professional for help in selecting effective methods of birth control that work best for you. If you take hormone replacement for menopause, you should contact your doctor if you experience increased frequency or worsening of your symptoms such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, or abnormal bleeding. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Drug and food interactions

Moderate

boceprevir food

Applies to: boceprevir

Food significantly increases the absorption of boceprevir. You should take each dose of boceprevir with a meal or light snack. Taking it on an empty stomach may lead to inadequate blood levels and reduced effectiveness of the medication.

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Minor

ethinyl estradiol food

Applies to: ethinyl estradiol

Consumer information for this minor interaction is not currently available. Some minor drug interactions may not be clinically relevant in all patients. Minor drug interactions do not usually cause harm or require a change in therapy. However, your healthcare provider can determine if adjustments to your medications are needed.

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Therapeutic duplication warnings

No therapeutic duplications were found for your selected drugs.

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a guideline only. The relevance of a particular drug interaction to a specific patient is difficult to determine using this tool alone given the large number of variables that may apply.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

Do not stop taking any medications without consulting your healthcare provider.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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