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Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Sprintec (Definition)

Ethinyl Estradiol and norgestimate a combination drug that contains female hormones that prevent ...Read more


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Brown spotting on active pills week before placebo-sprintec-been on medication for about two years and never an issue before.

Brown spotting on active pills week before placebo-sprintec-been on medication for about two years and never an issue before.

Breakthrough bleed: Spotting on oral contraception is not uncommon. Taking the pill the same time every day should help prevent it. Taking the pill at different times can give different hormone levels and lead to spotting. If you also have lower pelvic pain, it may be a uterine infection called metritis that may require oral anabiotics. In general, this is nothing serious. If it persists, seek an M.D. ...Read more

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What medications could react poorly with sprintec birth control?

What medications could react poorly with sprintec birth control?

Antibiotics: Birth control effectiveness can be reduced while on antibiotics. Any medication that can cause nausea (like, all of them!) may be made worse by any birth control pill. ...Read more

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With tri-sprintec birth control, is it a bad idea to take other types of medication?

With tri-sprintec birth control, is it a bad idea to take other types of medication?

Not necessrily: Usually birth control pills do not interact with other types of medications. But people on anti-seizure medications, antibiotics, and certain other drugs can effect how well the birth control pill works. You should discuss the interactions of medications with your personal physician. ...Read more

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I was prescribed tri-sprintec for irregular periods and to loose weight. Will this medication help?

I was prescribed tri-sprintec for irregular periods and to loose weight. Will this medication help?

Yes and ??: Tri-sprintec is an oral contraceptive; it should help with regulating the periods, but is not a reliable adjunct for weight loss. The research on ocps says they are 'weight neutral', but they should not cause weight loss. ...Read more

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I'm taking sprintec birth control. What other medications should I avoid, so it won't make the pill less effective. Such as tylenol (acetaminophen) etc?

I'm taking sprintec birth control. What other medications should I avoid, so it won't make the pill less effective. Such as tylenol (acetaminophen) etc?

Otc safe: Most over the counter medications are safe and will not affect your birth control. Some antibiotics and other prescription medication can affect efficacy so you should ask the prescribing doctor at the time. ...Read more

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Can i take phentermine and thyroid medication at the same time? I am also taking sprintec birth control.

Can i take phentermine and thyroid medication at the same time? I am also taking sprintec birth control.

Yes, but: You need to take the thyroid medication if your thyroid level is abnormal. The Phentermine will only affect it if your dose of either is excessive. The phentermine, however, only works for as long as you take it - then you'll begin to gain the weight back unless you've learned how to eat properly - if you have, you don't need the Phentermine in the first place. ...Read more

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I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

I'm on sprintec birth control pills, what cold/ flu medication can I take that won't effect my birth control? What pain killers (Advil, tylenol)?

Ok to take: There are no drug interactions with common combination cold and sinus over the counter medications, such as Advil (ibuprofen) Cold and Sinus which contains Ibuprofen. You can also take Acetominophen. ...Read more

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Does amoxicillin affect other medications like, Zoloft (sertraline) or tri sprintec birth control? My ear drum ruptured last night and i went to the doctors today and they prescribed amoxicillin to me. I have also been sick with a cough for over a week.

Does amoxicillin affect other medications like, Zoloft (sertraline) or tri sprintec birth control? My ear drum ruptured last night and i went to the doctors today and they prescribed amoxicillin to me.  I have also been sick with a cough for over a week.

There : There is no interaction between zoloft (sertraline) and amoxicillin. As far as the sprintec is concerned, there is an on going debate regarding this. Some doctors believe that antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills while others do not. The research is not conclusive. Personally I do not put my paients on a back up method while taking antibiotics but some doctors do.This is up to you and your provider.
Take care. ...Read more

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What are some brand names for the following generic drugs: tri-sprintec, methyldopa, and hydrochlorothiazide?

What are some brand names for the following generic drugs: tri-sprintec, methyldopa, and hydrochlorothiazide?

As follows: Methyldopa is aldomet, (methyldopate) tri-sprintec is brand name for norgestimate/ethinyl Estradiol combination, hydrochlorothiazide is esidrix or microzide. ...Read more

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Hello. I have a quick question regarding possible drug interactions. Do the antidepressants Zoloft, Viibryd, and Clonidine make hormonal birth control (Tri Cyclen Sprintec) less effective?

Hello. I have a quick question regarding possible drug interactions. Do the antidepressants Zoloft, Viibryd, and Clonidine make hormonal birth control (Tri Cyclen Sprintec) less effective?

Drug interaction: person of unknown age gender medical Hx or medication Hx asks: I have a quick question regarding possible drug interactions. Do the antidepressants Zoloft, Viibryd, and Clonidine make hormonal birth control (Tri Cyclen Sprintec) less effective? ANS: i would go to Drugs.com and look up drug interactions. It will depend on how each is metabolized in your body. I would ask the team prescribing them. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: sprintec?

What is the definition or description of: sprintec?

Birth control pills: Ethinyl Estradiol and norgestimate a combination drug that contains female hormones that prevent ovulation to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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I always take my pill at 9pm. Does it make a difference that I took it at 8:49pm? Ten minutes early. Sprintec

I always take my pill at 9pm. Does it make a difference that I took it at 8:49pm? Ten minutes early. Sprintec

No it will be ok: No it will not make any difference.It really does not have to be exact time by clock
8.49 AND 9 PM are almost same time ...Read more

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How effective is sprintec? Is taken at the sametime everyday. Once in while I take it like 10 min late. Been on it for a year and months.

How effective is sprintec? Is taken at the sametime everyday. Once in while I take it like 10 min late. Been on it for a year and months.

1% per year: In clinical trials with Sprintec, the pregnancy rate was approximately 1 pregnancy per 100 women per year. You seem to be taking it correctly; however, the rate may be as high as 5% per year in women who don't take it correctly. Best wishes! ...Read more

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I'm on my second week of 28-day Sprintec, but I managed to start this week backwards and have taken 3 pills this way. Should I worry? What do I do?

No, you are fine: As long as the pills are the same color, the order does not matter. You take the first pill for 21 days and the second for 7. THOSE pills you do not want to mix up. ...Read more

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Are the hormone levels of sprintec high?

Are the hormone levels of sprintec high?

Compared to: Some other combination norgestimate and ethinylestradiol pills like Ortho Tricyclen, Ortho Tricyclen Lo, it does have doses on the higher side. ...Read more

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How effectively does tri-sprintec work?

As well as its taken: Like any other oral contraceptive, it needs to be taken every day about the same time each day, and then it will work well to prevent pregnancy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when does tri-sprintec actually become effective?

One month: It takes the first cycle (Or pack of pills) for any birth control pill to become fully effective. Use condoms for the first pill pack. ...Read more

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What's the difference between tri sprintec and sprintec? Im on sprintec.

What's the difference between tri sprintec and sprintec? Im on sprintec.

Birth control: Sprintec has the same level of hormone throughout the entire 3 weeks of active pills (this is called monophasic), whereasTri-Sprintec has 3 different levels of hormones over the 3 weeks of active tablets (this is called triphasic). Everyone reacts differently to these types of birth control pills. Both are very effective at preventing pregnancy when taken as prescribed.
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Is sprintec a low dose? Been on it for almost 2 years. I'm 21 109 weight.

Is sprintec a low dose? Been on it for almost 2 years. I'm 21 109 weight.

Yes: Sprintec is a low dose birth control pill. There are however lower dose birth control pills. Sprinted is safe and if you have not had any problems with it in almost 2 years I would suggest you stay on it if you need contraception.
Birth control pill are safe to take until menopause as long as you do not smoke or have any health problems. ...Read more

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Is Sprintec effective if you miss two pills in the same week (but not in a row)?

Is Sprintec effective if you miss two pills in the same week (but not in a row)?

No: Missing pills can really decrease the effectiveness of pill. Make up the doses and continue the pack but use another means of birth control during this month of pills. ...Read more

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What happens when you take tri-sprintec irregularly and it ceases to be effective?

Tri-sprintec: It is not effective during the time frame that it is irregularly used and back up protection should be used at that time. ...Read more

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Can I use sprintec as the yuzpe method? If so, how many pills and when would I take them?

Can I use sprintec as the yuzpe method? If so, how many pills and when would I take them?

Plan B easier: You can use Sprintec but it causes a lot of nausea and you have to take a lot of pills. You can just take Plan B once and get a better result with less side effects. It is available over the counter. Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours to decrease the risk of unplanned pregnancy. ...Read more

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I was late taking my sprintec bcp by about 2 hours. I was on day 6 of week 2. Is that a problem?

I was late taking my sprintec bcp by about 2 hours.  I was on day 6 of week 2. Is that a problem?

Should be fine.: If you have been on your pills for awhile the risk of failure very very low. You should be protected as long as taking on a daily basis. Taking at the same time is not absolutely essential for protection but it is a good habit to get into so you won't miss any of your pills. Some women feel their bleeding control is best if they take at the same exact time every day. Should be fine. ...Read more

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Why do I have a positive clear blue ovulation test while taking sprintec 12 days into my new cycle?

Why do I have a positive clear blue ovulation test while taking sprintec 12 days into my new cycle?

First blame test: While home pregnancy tests are very accurate, everything is fallible, so retest now. If you get a second positive test, call your ob/gyn, as you will need to stop birth control and get evaluated. Helps to mentally review if intercourse / sex play around mid-cycle (=ovulation) last month to determine "how worried" to be about this. Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm 20yrs,been on sprintec for a year and a half. I always take it exactly at 9pm. Any chance of ovulation?

I'm 20yrs,been on sprintec for a year and a half. I always take it exactly at 9pm. Any chance of ovulation?

Probably Not: The main mechanism of action of oral contraception pills is prevention of ovulation so as long as you are taking the pills as prescribed it is likely that you are not ovulating. ...Read more