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Anyone ever use SPRINTEC (not tri-sprintec) before and have any experiences worth sharing? This is my 1st time ever using anything more than a condom/pullout method. rarely did i use condom and i've been with my mate 6 years and no pregnancy so far. but we wanna try BC so he can stop pulling out for once, lol. but i don't like being on any meds really. so to help determine if ive made an OK choice on this BC thing. lemme know what you been thru... ($9 @ wal-mart... took pill #1 today).

oh and whats the vibe with clearing up acne.. anybody's gotten worse after taking? i have acne, not too bad, but i figured it would clear by this age. all my brothers skin is fine once they got to age 24. hoping this might put an end to the bad skin.

Thanks!

PS - oh and i do smoke black and milds (the lil cigar things with tips), maybe 1 to 1.5 a day.... don't do cigarettes, so its hard to translate the "not having more than 15 cigarettes a day" to a single black and mild. and have been smoking them about 6 years. i am 24 years old.
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replied May 8th, 2008
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Well first of all, I haven't been on sprintec, however I can tell you what I know based on the pills in general.

Overall, most women have a happy experience on pills. However, every pills affects each woman differently. As far as acne, some women have reported acne worsening, some have reported it getting better, some have said there was no change. I'm personally in the no change camp. Other side effects you might experience are bloating, weight gain, spotting, moodiness, etc. (things related to pms), however, this usually goes away fairly quickly.

As for the smoking- does your prescribing doc know about that? Smoking while taking estrogen based contraception increases your risk of blood clots and stroke. Though it's still not likely, the risk is there, and something you should be aware of.

Since each woman has slightly different biochemistry, it's just a matter of finding the pill that works best for you.
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replied October 19th, 2009
I'm on it right now and I don't know if its the pill or if my body is flippin for some other reason. But since I've been on it, three weeks now, I have had every single symptom of pregnancy noted, including wieght gain, mild discomfort, sleeping 14 dead hours, etc. For me, my acne worsened. Again, I don't know if my body is flipping, or if its the pill, but then again, this is my very first month on any type of oral contraceptive.
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replied November 26th, 2012
Sprintec made me crazy as a loon!
I'm 36 and I took it for a year and a half to regulate spotting. The first month I had this weird day of being crazy and uncontrollable crying. My dr. said that should give my body a chance to adjust so I continued use. Over the year I had severe mood swings and depression. No acne or weight gain or any other side effects. It did not regulate my period. Then one month I had two full periods and decided it wasn't doing its job and stopped taking it. Immediately I felt better. Happier. Now that I've been off of it for a few months, I don't know how my family and friends put up with me. Its hard to believe all those crazy thoughts and feelings were caused by a little pill. My description of the side effects are not even close to what I experienced. Now I am afraid to take anything else. I don't ever want to experience anything like that ever again. No more medications for me.
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replied October 31st, 2009
Sprintec?
I have been on it for 2months now....I have been nauseous, dizzy, sick to my stomach, I developed acne, and I have now had a heavy period for 18 days now. These symptoms have gotten so bad the past 4 days i have had to call out of work. I do not recomend taking these pills.
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replied June 29th, 2010
sprintec is horrible
I've been taking sprintec for two weeks now and I have really bad acne that I didn't have before. I'm sick to my stomach all the time and am very moody. I can also sleep all day even when I go to bed early. I've also gained weight and I haven't been on it for long so I'm scared what two more months will do because I've weighed 110 for 3 years now and am 19 and I've gained at least 5 pounds. So far I absolutly HATE this birth control I've taken Yaz and Ocella before and had no problems. As soon as I can I'm finding a different pill.
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replied July 31st, 2010
hi, i am taking Sprintec. i recently missed on pill, i took it when i remembered 24 hours later and the next one. so i took two at the same time. after taking the second one i felt okay, i went to the bathroom that evening and noticed i was spotting, i have spotting for two days. believe i stopped today... is there a possibility i am pregnant?
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replied July 31st, 2010
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SuperGirlV12, Some women will spot from missed or late pills. It is just the way it is. Your body thinks it reached the inactive pills and starts to bleed, just like during your bleeding week.

Take care.
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replied October 31st, 2010
hair loss nausea head ache
If i try stop taking sprintec will my hair stop falling and will i stop getting stomach pain nausea head aches and diheria and im 16 years old
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replied October 31st, 2010
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Jenn, yes, if that is what is causing it.

Work with your doctor to try a pill with different hormones.

Best of luck!
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replied November 5th, 2010
sprintec and hair loss
hi im thinkin about taking sprintec overall on other website reviews sprintec is a great birth control..this is my 1st time takin BC & im kinda nervous about my hair falling out. I kno u have to let your body adjust to the BC but after 3 months will my hair fall out??
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replied March 19th, 2011
NOt for teens
I've been taking this pill for two and a half weeks. Im 16 yrs old and this is my second oral bc. Im 120lbs and i have always had large breast for my frame(38D). Ive had increased acne, nausea, fatigue, also swelling and enlargement of the breasts. My breasts are tender and my nipples ACHE! My are literally heavy considering the added weight upon my already large breasts. I can wake up and go to sleep 3x in a row for hours! I have a decreased appetite. My body is also achey and heavy dnt know if ive gained wait yet but im going to the doctor about my symptoms.
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replied March 28th, 2011
sprintec birth control
well im 24 and just started takin sprintec bout a week ago and have felt depressed nausea fatigue and no appetite at times also i sleep all the time and find myself crying over nothing at all my fiancee is worried that im goin thru these changes so quickly after starting bc but i will b bringing these symptoms up to my doctor asap but for this to be my first time taking oral contraception i would not recommend it the way it makes u feel sucks and i wish no one to go thru it. ps. i have also had diarrea for the past 24 hrs.
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replied April 14th, 2011
Don't worry
When I first got on sprintec. I hated it. I had gotten worse acne And gained weight. But after Bout a month my acne disappeared, my periods got lighter and I feel great. Whenever you start. New birth control you WILL see horrid side effects, but they ALL go away with time. So keep your head up. I love this pill now; been happily on it for about 2 years:)
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replied May 3rd, 2011
I have been on Sprintec for 4 months now! I have done nothing but gain weight, have awful acne now and can't get enough sleep for anything! This is my last month of this pill! I can't take it anymore.
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replied May 4th, 2011
Sprintec for 4+ years
I have been on sprintec for over 4 years now (I was on ortho-tricycline before but it was too expensive so I switched to this). I had acne before I ever started the pill (pretty severly) and when I first started the pill it got even worse but it has cleared up alot in the last four years (not sure if it is the pill or if I am just growing out of it, 22 yo now). My periods used to last for 11-12 days (heavily) before and now they are only 4-5 days (only 1-2 heavily). On the down side I get pretty bad headaches from time to time (not sure what from but didnt have them before the pill) and I used to weigh 125-130ish (skinny for my height) and now weigh like 155-160 (I am not sure if it is the college lifestyle, being in a committed relationship for over 4 years, or the pill or a combination). Havent experienced nausea/vomitting (unless miss a pill and double up), no hair loss, no pregnancy scares, larger boobs Smile, some fatigue (possibly due to weight gain and busy schedule). Overall great for my skin, lighter/shorter periods, fatigue, and weight gain.
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replied May 10th, 2011
I started Sprintec about 3 years ago and was on it for a year. It worked absolutely wonderfully! No complaints whatsoever; however, I just recently got back on it and am having a few side effects (ie: irregularly heavy periods, mood swings and emotional breakdowns) that really bother me, but I am only on my second month. The doctors say that if the side effects continue for the next month, then stop taking it and go back in to the office. So, don't stress too much about it right now. Just make sure you stay safe in the meantime until you're 100% comfortable with the birth control you decide to take.
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replied May 23rd, 2011
I started Sprintec 3 months ago & I've gained 21 pounds, developed acne from my face to my back which I haven't had since I was 17 and I'm now 37, but my periods have shortened from 15-17 days to 4. My doctor left the practice and doesn't take my insurance at the new practice she joined, so I'm left with searching for a new physician while going thru hell with this stuff. I only needed it as a cycle regulator and to lighten them, but with the weight gain and horrific acne, I don't need it... My tubes were cut & burned after my second baby 6 years ago...
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replied June 10th, 2011
how well does the tube thing work?? i was on sprintec n am goin through hell n back with neuropathy now thanks to it Sad my doc told me hes not goin to put me on anymore bc till i get seen by a neurologist.. i have 2 small kids and dont want more lol thanks for ur time
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replied May 25th, 2011
Sprintec Side effects
Did anyone feel nauseated or vomited withing the first 12 hours of taking their very first sprintec pill? I just started it last night and i've been throwing up all morning. I'm 19 and my doctor prescribed the pill due to my period cramps feeling exactly like labor pains. It's making me nervous that i'll feel like this all throughout taking it.
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replied June 7th, 2011
I took Sprintec for two months and my breasts grew like... two sizes.. nearly a cup size. I hate, hate, hate it. I had nausea and like practically everyone else said I experienced almost every sign of pregnancy. My fiancee and I had a "pregnancy scare" almost every month it was terrible.

One evening I realized I had missed my pill and had ended up taking one that night and then one in the morning (when I typically take it) and experienced such a drastic depressive mood swing, I honestly considered self mutilation-- that's a feeling I'm fortunate to have had never experienced before that and I was completely thrown off guard.
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replied June 10th, 2011
sprintec
this bc(sprintec) gave me mini strokes and neuropathy.. i dont rec this bc but every women is different so u never know till u try it i guess.. my experience was n still is horrible now thanks to it i could have neuropathy for the rest of my life Sad now i have to get seen by a neurologist.. im 22 n smoke but dont have heart problems. all i can say is try it i guess.. i was on it for 12 days and the first 3 days were wonderfull than it all went down hill not somethin i want to go through i have major memory loss.. and cant control my right arm or leg and i have 2 small children.. my doc told me that now i cant be on any type of bc till i get seem by the neurologist.. goodluck
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replied January 6th, 2012
Changing the pill?
I have been on Sprintec Birth Control for nearly a year now. I used to be 125lbs. and then i started taking the pills and I increased three bra sizes, (B/C to DD) and gained 25lbs. I was 15 at the time. now, i can't seem to take the weight off and my bra size won't go down no matter what I do. But i do NOT want to be off of the birth control because i have terribly heavy, long periods that occur very often. I've had my period for at least five or six years so i would think it'd straightened out by now but it hasn't so i know it probably doesn't have anything to do with that. Should i consider taking an alternate BC or just "suffer" with this one? I'm a competing gymnast so it is very uncomfortable to have DD's swinging around. no one carries my bra size in GOOD sports bras. what should i do!?
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replied November 26th, 2012
Target has excellent sports bras! Buy a size smaller, i.e. I'm a 36DD but I wear a medium to keep them close!
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