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Heparin, antibiotics, and ibuprofen are just a few of the drugs that can react with Zarah. Since these interactions can increase your risk of high potassium levels and other problems, it's important to tell your healthcare provider about all of your current medications before using Zarah. This will help ensure that this is the right birth control pill for you.

An Introduction to Zarah Interactions

Zarah™ (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) can potentially react with several other medicines. It is different from most other birth control pills and has several interactions that other birth control pills do not. Some of the drugs that may lead to interactions with Zarah include:
 
  • Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), such as:

 

 
  • Aminoglutethimide (Cytadren®)
  • Antibiotics
  • Aprepitant (Emend®)
  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor®) or combination medications that contain atorvastatin (Caduet®, Liptruzet™)
  • Barbiturates, such as:
     
    • Amobarbital (Amytal®)
    • Butalbital (Fioricet®, Fiorinal®)
    • Pentobarbital (Nembutal®)
    • Phenobarbital (Luminal®)
    • Secobarbital (Seconal®)
 
 
 
  • Potassium-containing products, such as:
     
    • Potassium chloride (K-Dur®, Klor-Con®, Micro-K®)
    • Potassium citrate (Urocit-K®, Polycitra-K®)
    • Potassium gluconate
    • Potassium phosphate (Neutra-Phos-K®, K-Phos®)
    • Salt substitutes (used to flavor food)
 
 
 
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Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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