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Many Seizure Medications
Some seizure medications may cause your body to metabolize the hormones in the birth control patch too quickly, increasing your risk of pregnancy. Ask your healthcare provider if you should use a different method of contraception while taking a seizure medication.
 
Modafinil (Provigil)
Modafinil can make the birth control patch less effective, increasing your risk of pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider, as you may need to use a backup method of contraception.
 
Protease Inhibitors
Using the birth control patch together with a protease inhibitor may increase your risk of pregnancy and can make the protease inhibitor less effective. Talk with your healthcare provider before using the birth control patch with a protease inhibitor.
 
Selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar)
The hormones in the birth control patch may increase the level of selegiline in your blood, increasing your risk of side effects. Your healthcare provider may need to lower your selegiline dosage or may recommend an alternate form of contraception.
 
St. John's Wort
St. John's wort (a commonly used herbal supplement) may decrease the effectiveness of the birth control patch, increasing the chance of pregnancy. In general, you should not take St. John's wort while using the birth control patch.
 
Theophylline (Uniphyl, Theocron, TheoCap, Theo-24, Elixophyllin)
The birth control patch may increase the level of theophylline in your blood, increasing the chance of theophylline side effects. Talk with your healthcare provider before taking these medications together. You may need a lower theophylline dose, or you may need to switch to a different method of contraception.
 
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