Sprintec Contraceptive

If you are a woman of reproductive age, your healthcare provider may recommend Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol). This oral contraceptive comes in tablet form and is the generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®. It is very important to take Sprintec every day, at the same time each day. To make it easier to take it consistently, try picking a time that will be easy to remember, such as at bedtime or breakfast.
Breast tenderness, nausea, and breakthrough bleeding are some of the most common side effects of Sprintec. However, most women tolerate this contraceptive well; if side effects do occur, they tend to be minor and easy to treat.
Make sure you know exactly what to do if you miss any pills, as missing pills can increase your risk of pregnancy. In some circumstances, you may need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for a week.
(For a more in-depth discussion of this contraceptive, click Sprintec. This article explains how it works, what to discuss with your healthcare provider before taking it, and what to do if you miss any pills.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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