The birth control pillSprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a popular contraceptive that comes in the form of tablets (pills) and is taken once a day. Each pack of Sprintec contains 28 tablets. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new one right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack.
In order for Sprintec to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. If you have trouble remembering to take your tablets at the same time each day, please talk with your healthcare provider, as missing any doses increases your risk of unintentional pregnancy.
(To learn more about when and how to take these tablets, click Sprintec Dosing. This article offers helpful tips on taking this medication correctly and explains the difference between a "day 1 start" and a "Sunday start.")
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed December 26, 2007.
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