Birth Control Pills

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Toxicity:  Largely harmless.

Expected symptoms:  No effects are expected even if a child eats an entire 28-day supply of birth control pills.  Some types of birth control pills have a few tablets with a low dose of iron in them.  If these are eaten, there could be mild stomach upset.

What to do:  If birth control pills have been ingested, rinse mouth and give water to drink.  If you have questions, call the poison center at 1-800-222-1222. 

Birth control pills (also called oral contraceptives) are low doses of hormones taken to prevent pregnancy.  Most birth control pills come in a dose-pack with 28 pills.  The pills may have 2 or 3 different colors to show they have different ingredients.   Children’s bodies are not ready to respond to hormones, so nothing will happen. There is a small chance of mild stomach upset from the few pills that contain a low-dose of iron, and this will go away by itself.

If you find your child eating birth control pills, do not panic.  Take the pills away from them, wipe out their mouth with a soft, wet cloth and give them some water to drink.  If you have questions or want some help watching this, call the Missouri Poison Center right away at 1-800-222-1222.  The poison center is open all day, every day for problems and questions just like this.

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