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Sprintec Alternatives

Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill that is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®. For most women, this combined oral contraceptive (containing estrogen and progestin hormones) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy. However, not all women should take it, as it may increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and other problems. Fortunately, a number of alternatives to Sprintec are available.
If Sprintec is not suitable for you, your healthcare provider may recommend another type of birth control pill as an alternative, such as a progestin-only contraceptive. As the name implies, the only hormone contained in these pills is progestin. However, it's important to note that these pills are less effective than combined hormonal contraceptives.
(Click Types of Birth Control Pills to learn more about the wide variety of oral contraceptives that can be used as alternatives to Sprintec.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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