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Doctor insights on: Sprintec Warnings And Recalls

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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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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

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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!

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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.

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How effectively does tri-sprintec work?

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.

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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.

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

What's the difference between tri sprintec and sprintec? I'm 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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I've been on sprintec for a year and something months. I've always take it at 9pmOnce in a while I take it like 9:20.any chance of preg?

I've been on sprintec for a year and something months. I've always take it at 9pmOnce in a while I take it like 9:20.any chance of preg?

Not likely but: Birth control pills are very effective but not 100 percent. Sometimes medications like antibiotics and other medicines can interfere with them and make them ineffective. Also just being the rare exception happens. If you miss a period or having any other symptoms of pregnancy, see MD.

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I was supposed to started my new pack of sprintec pills on sunday but I took the sunday pill on saturday. Now I don't have a pill for sunday.

Take next one: Each pill in sprintec is the same except for the last 7. The only reason they line up by days of the week is to help keep you organized so you remember where you are in the pack. If you started on a different day than sunday that is perfectly fine. Just take the next pill and continue one per day.

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I'm on sprintec. I missed the 1st two pills. And was 12 hours late taking one in the second week. I've been very active with my boyfriend. Chances?

I'm on sprintec. I missed the 1st two pills. And was 12 hours late taking one in the second week. I've been very active with my boyfriend. Chances?

Use Plan B: If you have missed one pill you simply take two the next day. If you missed two pills in a row you should take Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours. Continue taking your pill and use condoms until your next period. Take a pregnancy test 10 days after unprotected sex. Consider an easier birth control method like an iud for the future.