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is it ok to take diet pills while on birth control pills?


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yasmin and xenical, taken together, at the same period, is this ok?
 
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Don't think you should be taking anything like this during pregnancy. If anything maybe tablets for fibre or calcium but I wouldn't even take those, try and get vitamins into your body naturally with food - potassium and fibre are really important especially in the first three months

Your body is growing a baby, and you need the right kind of fuel to do a good job. Vitamins and minerals help your body use the energy provided by foods. They also help repair and maintain cells and tissues. A prenatal supplement is a vitamin and mineral supplement you can take daily to make sure you’re getting the right amount of certain important nutrients during pregnancy.

In general, you’ll want to look for one that contains more of certain nutrients (such as folic acid and iron) that you may not be able to get enough of from your diet. Just as important is to find one that includes no more than the recommended amounts of other nutrients (particularly vitamin A) that can be harmful to your baby if you take too much.

This is one of the reasons that most prenatal supplements contain vitamin A at least partly in the form of beta-carotene, a nutrient that you get from fruits and vegetables that converts to vitamin A in the body. Unlike vitamin A from animal products, which has been known to cause birth defects when taken in high doses before conception or during pregnancy, beta-carotene is not considered to be toxic in high doses.

You may also want to take an omega-3 supplement. In addition to the many wonderful things omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to do, including improving the health of your heart, preventing cancer, reducing hypertension, and easing symptoms of lupus and other autoimmune diseases, it can also do some wonderful things for your baby. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids help improve brain and eye development in the fetus and baby. Plus, extra amounts of omega-3 can help you ward off depression.

http://www.pregnancyhealthy.net/Pregnancy/Pregnancy-and-Diet/Vitamins-and-Minerals.htm

There are many drugs that taken with oral contraceptives that may reduce their effectiveness. For instance some antibiotics make oral contraceptives less effective.  What we do know is that diet pills do what -- they speed up your metabolism, and that would perhaps make me think that speeding up the metabolism would reduce the efficacy of oral contraceptives.  What we do know is that there isn't really any data anywhere to show that one way or the other.  It hasn't been studied yet in any clinical trial that I know.  My guess is that diet pills probably don't, however, I think if I were you I'd be talking to my OB and asking him or her their thoughts -- or better yet, your personal pharmacist who know drugs inside and out could probably tell you as well.Now I have to step up on my soap box for just a second or two -- Taking diet pills all on their own isn't always safe.  We know that lots of over the counter diet pills can be dangerous to your health.  Some of the diet pills out there contain Ephedrine which is a stimulant that has a big time effect on your Central Nervous System, and your heart, which as we know is your main engine.  Ephedrine all by itself can cause insomnia, nervousness, tremors, headaches, high blood pressure, heart palpitations -- so what I am saying is that just because diet pills are offered over the counter doesn't make them automatically harmless or for that matter safe.The bottom line -- you should never combine prescribed medications with over the counter or non-prescribed medication without checking with your doctor first -- what we know 100% is that many drugs which are completely harmless and benign by themselves can become incredibly unsafe if combines with other medications.

Okay off my soap box now -- I hope this helps.

Although you hear of many many people taking both birth control and diet pills together it would be best to call your OB and confirm.

Warm Regards,

Sharon

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