Tri-Lo-Sprintec is used to prevent pregnancy.
It is used to treat pimples (acne).
It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
Use Tri-Lo-Sprintec (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
Take Tri-Lo-Sprintec (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) at the same time of day.
Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
If you also take colesevelam, take it at least 4 hours after you take Tri-Lo-Sprintec (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate).
Do not skip doses, even if you do not have sex very often.
If you throw up or have diarrhea, Tri-Lo-Sprintec (ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate) may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use an extra form of birth control, like condoms, until you check with your doctor.
If you miss 2 periods in a row, take a pregnancy test before starting a new cycle.
Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
Signs of gallbladder problems like pain in the upper right belly area, right shoulder area, or between the shoulder blades; yellow skin or eyes; fever with chills; bloating; or very upset stomach or throwing up.
Weakness on 1 side of the body, trouble speaking or thinking, change in balance, drooping on one side of the face, or blurred eyesight.
Low mood (depression).
Feeling very tired or weak.
Not able to pass urine or change in how much urine is passed.
A lump in the breast, breast soreness, or nipple discharge.
Vaginal itching or discharge.
Spotting or vaginal bleeding that is very bad or does not go away.
Change in eyesight.
Loss of eyesight.
Change in how contact lenses feel in the eyes.
Call your doctor right away if you have signs of a blood clot like chest pain or pressure; coughing up blood; shortness of breath; swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm; or trouble speaking or swallowing.All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
Upset stomach or throwing up.
Feeling nervous and excitable.
Feeling tired or weak.
Period (menstrual) changes. These include spotting or bleeding between cycles.
This medicine may cause dark patches of skin on your face. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
Protect from light. Store at room temperature.
Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: aromatase inhibitors (such as anastrozole, exemestane), ospemifene, tamoxifen, tizanidine, tranexamic acid, certain combination products used to treat chronic hepatitis C (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir with or without dasabuvir).
Some drugs may cause hormonal birth control to work less well by decreasing the amount of birth control hormones in your body. This effect can result in pregnancy. Examples include griseofulvin, modafinil, rifamycins (such as rifampin, rifabutin), St. Johns wort, drugs used to treat seizures (such as barbiturates, carbamazepine, felbamate, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate), HIV drugs (such as nelfinavir, nevirapine, ritonavir), among others.
Tell your doctor when you start any new drug, and discuss if you should use additional reliable birth control. Also tell your doctor if you have any new spotting or breakthrough bleeding, because these may be signs that your birth control is not working well.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as blood clotting factors, thyroid), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this medication.
In case of an overdose and serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include severe nausea and vomiting, sudden/unusual vaginal bleeding.