Today I filled my first prescription for sprintec 28 and I don't really understand how it works can anyone please explain
Sprintec is a prescription birth control pill (technically known as an oral contraceptive). It is a generic version of Ortho-Cyclen.
Sprintec is a combined oral contraceptive. This means that it is a birth control pill that contains two different types of hormones, an estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and a progestin (norgestimate). Primarily, the hormones in Sprintec prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). However, Sprintec also prevents pregnancy in two other, less important ways. It changes the cervical mucus (the fluid of the cervix, which is the lower, narrow part of the uterus that is connected to the vagina), making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus. Lastly, the medication alters the lining of the uterus (called the endometrium), making it less receptive to an embryo.
General considerations for when and how to use Sprintec include the following:
Sprintec comes in tablet form. It is taken by mouth once a day, at the same time each day. You can take it with food or on an empty stomach. If the drug bothers your stomach, try taking it with food. Each pack of Sprintec contains 28 pills. Be sure to take them in order. Once you finish a pack, start a new pack right away. You will probably start your period during the last seven days of the pack. It is very important to take Sprintec every day, at the same time each day. Try to pick a time that will be easy to remember (such as at bedtime or breakfast). As missing pills increases your risk of pregnancy. For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
However, for more info do talk to the doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med.
Take care, best wishes!
- Sprintec Information for Consumers
- Sprintec Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Sprintec (detailed)
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