Sprintec Dangers

Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is the generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®, a prescription birth control pill. Although most women respond well to this medication, it may not be safe for some women. Therefore, it is important that you talk to your healthcare provider about the dangers associated with Sprintec before you begin taking the birth control pill. For example, Sprintec is generally not recommended for women with heart disease, liver tumors, or a history of breast cancer.
Sprintec has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, a number of side effects were reported with this medicine. Some of the most common side effects included breast tenderness, nausea, headaches, and changes in sex drive.
Other side effects, although occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider. These include chest pain, vision changes, and heavy vaginal bleeding between periods.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Sprintec and Sprintec Side Effects for more details on why it may be dangerous for certain women to take this birth control pill, what other side effects may occur with this drug, and who should not use this product.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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