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Drug Interactions With Velivet

Barbiturates, cyclosporine, and antibiotics are just a few of the medications that can interact negatively with Velivet. Drug interactions such as these may lead to increased risk of side effects or pregnancy. To avoid this, tell your healthcare provider about all medications you are taking and discuss drug interactions with Velivet that may apply to you.

Drug Interactions With Velivet: An Overview

Velivet™ (desogestrel/ethinyl estradiol) can interact with a number of other medicines. Many of these interactions can be quite severe and may even lead to accidental pregnancy. In these instances, a backup method of birth control may be required. If you are ever unsure what to do about a Velivet drug interaction, be sure to use backup birth control until you can speak with your healthcare provider. Some of the medicines that may lead to drug interactions with Velivet include:
  • 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®)
(Velivet is a generic version of the birth control pill Cyclessa®. The drug interactions with Velivet also apply to Cyclessa.)
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