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Sprintec

Sprintec

Sprintec Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Sprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. It is also used to treat severe acne. Sprintec is a combination of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headache, stomach cramping/bloating, dizziness, vaginal discomfort/irritation, increased vaginal fluids, or breast tenderness/enlargement. Acne may improve or get worse. Bleeding between periods (spotting) or missed/irregular periods may occur, especially during the first few months of use.

Sprintec is a 28-day regimen of tablets, with 21 days of active (containing hormones) tablets, and 7 days of inert tablets, taken as prescribed. Sprintec may interact with phenylbutazone, St. John's wort, antibiotics, seizure medicines, barbiturates, or HIV medicines. Some drugs can make ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate less effective, which may result in pregnancy. Discuss all medications you are taking with your doctor. Sprintec must not be used during pregnancy. This medication passes into breast milk, may affect milk production, and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Sprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

Easy-to-read and understand detailed drug information and pill images for the patient or caregiver from Cerner Multum.

Sprintec in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;
  • sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance;
  • sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, coughing up blood;
  • pain, swelling, warmth, or redness in one or both legs;
  • chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;
  • a change in the pattern or severity of migraine headaches;
  • pain in your upper stomach, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • a lump in your breast;
  • swelling in your hands, ankles, or feet; or
  • symptoms of depression (sleep problems, weakness, mood changes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea or vomiting, appetite or weight changes;
  • breast swelling or tenderness;
  • headache, nervousness, dizziness;
  • problems with contact lenses;
  • freckles or darkening of facial skin, loss of scalp hair; or
  • vaginal itching or discharge.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Sprintec (Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets) »

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Sprintec FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

An increased risk of the following serious adverse reactions has been associated with the use of oral contraceptives (See WARNINGS section).

The following adverse reactions have been reported in patients receiving oral contraceptives and are believed to be drug-related:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (such as abdominal cramps and bloating).
  • Breakthrough bleeding.
  • Spotting.
  • Change in menstrual flow.
  • Amenorrhea.
  • Temporary infertility after discontinuation of treatment.
  • Edema.
  • Melasma which may persist.
  • Breast changes: tenderness, enlargement, secretion.
  • Change in weight (increase or decrease).
  • Change in cervical erosion and secretion.
  • Diminution in lactation when given immediately postpartum.
  • Cholestatic jaundice.
  • Migraine.
  • Rash (allergic).
  • Mental depression.
  • Reduced tolerance to carbohydrates.
  • Vaginal candidiasis.
  • Change in corneal curvature (steepening).
  • Intolerance to contact lenses.

The following adverse reactions have been reported in users of oral contraceptives and the association has been neither confirmed nor refuted:

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Sprintec (Norgestimate and Ethinyl Estradiol Tablets) »

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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