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Sprintec Safety Information

For most women, the oral contraceptive Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a safe and reliable method of birth control. However, it is not suitable for everyone. To help ensure that this contraceptive is safe for you, your healthcare provider will need information on your medical history and any medications you are taking before prescribing Sprintec.
It is important to know that combined oral contraceptives (such as Sprintec) can increase the risk of blood clots, strokes, and heart attacks. They may also slightly increase the risk of breast cancer or cervical cancer. In addition, this medication has been known to worsen certain medical conditions, including high blood pressure, gallbladder disease, and depression. In clinical studies, the most common side effects of Sprintec included headaches, bloating, and spotting.
(For more in-depth information about the drug's safety concerns, click Precautions and Warnings With Sprintec. This article explains what to discuss with your healthcare provider before taking Sprintec and describes who should avoid it entirely.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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