How to Safely Mix Birth Control and Diet Pills

Mixing birth control pills and diet pills may sound like quite a dangerous thing to do, however, it can be done relatively safely, and there will not really be any problems if you know what you are doing. One of the major concerns of many people is whether or not it is safe. Contrary to popular belief, mixing both pills can often be perfectly fine. Of course, safely mixing both is something that will need to be investigated before you do so. Mixing certain pills can often be very unsafe and can lead to many different side effects (or to the pill being ineffective). Usually mixing both isn’t a problem at all and will have no negative effects on your body. Here is how you can safely mix birth control and diet pills.

Always Read the Instructions on the Labels

Begin by making sure you read the label of your chosen pills. A lot of pills will give clear instructions as to whether or not you should mix them with any other pills at all, although some pills will give very vague instructions and you will be left as puzzled as you were before as to whether or not it is safe to mix them. If the label dictates that the pill can be taken with other pills without any side effects, then you should be okay. If it says otherwise, then you should abide by the directions.

Contact Your Doctor

Before you even consider mixing your birth control pills with diet pills, you should contact your doctor or GP. Even if the pills explain that it is safe to mix them with other pills, you should still check this with your doctor. This is important because as mentioned above, certain pills are rendered ineffective when mixed with other pills or they can lead to serious side effects. Your doctor or GP will be able to advise you on which kinds of birth control pills and diet pills are actually safe to mix.

Take Birth Control and Diet Pills Hours Apart

One key suggestion from a number of doctors is to take the birth control pill up to three hours after you take the diet pill. To be on the safe side, you can try this out. This should work well in reducing the interaction of the key elements in both pills in the body, thus also reducing any adverse reactions (and by extension the side effects you may experience).  

There is currently medical research that suggests that there is a problem with taking both types of pills together. Although it is widely accepted that diet pills are unlikely to interfere with the effectiveness of the birth control pill, it is important that you follow all of the above advice when considering mixing birth control and diet pills together. Just remember that you should always read the label, and even if it says mixing the pills is okay, you should still contact your doctor to make sure that this information is actually correct.


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