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Birth Control Pills

Low Risk

Also known as:

oral contraceptives

Possible Symptoms
  • minor nausea and vomiting
What to Do
  1. Wipe or rinse out the mouth.
  2. Give a serving size of water to drink.
  3. Call 1-800-222-1222 for additional instructions.


Some birth control pill packs have a week’s worth of placebo or inactive pills. Sometimes these inactive pills contain a small dose of iron. If these tablets are eaten, there can be some mild stomach upset. Call the Missouri Poison Center to confirm the ingredients in your brand.

Additional Information

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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