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Old 01-09-2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen)

I have been on Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen) for 3 months now. Since I've started this pill, my skin has gotten worse (I thought it was supposed to help!), I have trouble wearing my contacts, and I have breakthrough bleeding. My period used to come every 4th Tuesday of the month when I was on Yasmin, now it could come on a Sat. Sun. Weds...pretty much any day of the week! Has anyone else experienced these side effects from Sprintec? Could it be because it is a generic? I was on Ortho Tri-Cyclen for a month, but my periods were lasting 5 days and my gyno wanted to change me to Sprintec because she said my periods would be shorter. I wish I had started with the Tri-Cyclen. Does Ortho Tri-Cyclen cause the same effects? Thanks a lot.

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Old 01-09-2005, 12:54 PM   #2
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Re: Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen)

You've only been using OC for 3 months. Most practitioners recommend using a new birth control for AT LEAST 3 months to allow the side effects to stop.

Many birth control pills will cause your skin to get worse before it gets better. OC isn't approved to treat acne, but it's sister pill, Ortho TriCyclen is. Regardless, the sudden surge of hormones can cause your skin to break out. Sometimes this problem goes away, sometimes it doesn't.

It can take awhile to become regular as well.

The side effects have absolutely nothing to do with you taking the generic formulation. It seems that the drug just may not be agreeing with you at this point. It's your decision whether or not to change brands again, but realize that you've used 3 different birth control pills over the last couple of months-- you're body isn't regulated yet, so you might still have problems with another pill.

Old 01-09-2005, 04:51 PM   #3
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Re: Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen)

It might be because it's the generic. But it could also be because you've only given it 4 months. 3 months is the minimal amount of time you should give your body to adjust to new hormones.

You might want to try OTC again. I loved it. My skin was so clear and I had no PMS symptoms or weight gain.

Old 04-07-2005, 06:48 AM   #4
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Re: Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen)

I've been on Tri-Sprintec for the past few months, after switching from Ortho, and I haven't noticed any difference between the two. But that's just me.

Old 04-08-2005, 12:24 PM   #5
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Re: Sprintec (generic of Ortho Cyclen)

Definitely give it more time. After switching from Yasmin & only being on it now for 3 months, your body may just need time to adjust to the new formulation. Also, the generic should not be different from OTC because they must be the same in order to be approved as a generic drug. I still have weird problems like that once in a while after almost 10 yrs of OTC and OTC-lo. If it continues to become a problem, then talk to your doc to try something else. Why did your doc think that switching to the generic would make your periods shorter?? Just curious.

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