Sprintec is a generic birth control pill that is available by prescription only. It is a combined oral contraceptive (containing both estrogen and progestin) that prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation and altering the endometrium and cervical mucus. Sprintec packs come with 28 tablets, which must be taken once daily. While most people tolerate the drug well, potential side effects include nausea, headache, and breakthrough bleeding.

What Is Sprintec?

Sprintec® (norgestimate/ethinyl estradiol) is a prescription birth control pill (technically known as an oral contraceptive). It is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen®.
(Click What Is Sprintec Used For? for more information on Sprintec's uses, including possible off-label uses.)

Side Effects of Sprintec

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Sprintec. However, not everyone who uses the contraceptive will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects of Sprintec include, but are not limited to:
  • Breast tenderness or swelling
  • Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding or spotting between periods)
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches.
(Click Sprintec Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects of Sprintec that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD
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