Sprintec Risks

The birth control pill Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is generally a safe and effective means of preventing pregnancy. However, there are certain risks involved with using this oral contraceptive.
For example, Sprintec has been known to cause side effects such as:
  • Changes in your eyes that make it more difficult to wear contact lenses
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Breakthrough bleeding and spotting between periods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Breast tenderness or other breast changes (such as swelling).
In rare cases, serious problems can develop while taking Sprintec, such as stroke, heart attack, or a blood clot. To help minimize your risk, let your healthcare provider know if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or any allergies before taking this oral contraceptive.
It is especially risky to take Sprintec if you have problems with your heart valves, severe high blood pressure, or a history of breast cancer. In fact, if you have any of these conditions, you should not take this medication at all.
(Click Sprintec Side Effects and Precautions and Warnings With Sprintec for more details on the risks associated with this product.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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