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Sprintec Dosing

To ensure the effectiveness of Sprintec, dosing instructions must be followed carefully. When you start the birth control pill for the first time, you can do so either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts. Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily. Take your Sprintec dose at the same time each day.

Sprintec Dosage: An Introduction

Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a birth control pill that is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®. There is only one standard dose of Sprintec. As always, do not adjust your Sprintec dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so. Although Sprintec is very effective when taken correctly, not taking Sprintec as directed significantly increases the risk of unintentional pregnancy.

Sprintec Dosing Basics

There are two different standard ways to start Sprintec for the first time. You can start it either on the first day of your period or on the first Sunday after your period starts (even if you are still having your period). It is thought that starting on Sunday may decrease the chance that you will have your periods on the weekends, although this does not work for all women. If you start Sprintec on the first day of your period (a "day 1 start"), you do not need any backup contraception. If you choose a Sunday start, you need to use a backup method of contraception (such as condoms) for the first week. If the first day of your period happens to be on a Sunday, treat this as a day 1 start (no backup needed).
There may be other ways to start Sprintec (other than a day 1 start or a Sunday start); be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions carefully if you start Sprintec in a non-standard way.
Starting at the beginning of the pack, take one tablet daily at the same time each day. Each pack will last for 28 days (four weeks). After you finish one pack, immediately start a new one the next day. Do not wait any days between packs (this may take a little planning, since you will need a new pack on hand). The first 21 tablets contain the active ingredients. The last seven tablets contain no active ingredients. During this last week, your body gets a little break from the hormones, allowing you to have a period.
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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