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Q: Birth Control ( No Answer,   5 Comments )
Subject: Birth Control
Category: Family and Home > Relationships
Asked by: policajo-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 22 Dec 2005 18:30 PST
Expires: 27 Dec 2005 10:03 PST
Question ID: 609092
My girlfriend is about to go on a birth control by the name of
Tri-Sprintec ( norgestimate and ethinyl astradiol tablets).  How long
do I have to wait until it is safe to not use a condom anymore and the
drug to kick in?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Birth Control
From: nelson-ga on 22 Dec 2005 19:15 PST
You should continue to use a condom.  Women can't be trusted, and neither can men.
Subject: Re: Birth Control
From: canadianhelper-ga on 22 Dec 2005 22:05 PST
In addition to nelsons comments...Use a condom for at least a week as
stated is all the info from WebMD on the drug you have really should be getting this info from the doctor and

A-Z Health Guides from WebMD: Drugs

Terms of use
Tri-Sprintec Oral
warning  |  uses  |  side effects  |  precautions  |  interactions  |  overdose

More information about Tri-Sprintec Oral:

What does this medication look like?

What should I know before taking this medicine?

What conditions does this medication treat?

Who should not take this medication?

Does this medication have side effects?

Does this medication interact with other medications?

Should I avoid certain foods while taking this medication?

Important Note: The following information is intended to supplement,
not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician,
pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be
construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or
effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using
this drug.


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Smoking cigarettes while using this medication increases your chance
of having heart problems. Do not smoke while using this medication.
The risk of heart problems increases with age (especially in women
greater than 35 years of age) and with frequent smoking (15 cigarettes
per day or greater).
Learn more

This medication is used to prevent pregnancy or to regulate your menstrual cycle.

Certain brands of birth control pills may be used for treating acne or
as a "morning after" pill for emergency contraception. Consult your
doctor or pharmacist.

Use of this medication does not protect you or your partner against
sexually transmitted diseases (e.g., HIV, gonorrhea).

Take this medication with food or immediately after a meal to prevent
stomach upset.

Try to take this medication at the same time each day. This may help
you to remember to take it.

Learn proper use of your particular brand of medication. Follow your
dosing schedule carefully. Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if
you have any questions.

Use a supplemental form of birth control during the first week of
taking this medication since it takes a while to be effective.

Follow your doctor's directions exactly if this drug is being used as
a "morning after" pill.
Learn more

This medication may cause dizziness, headache, lightheadedness,
stomach upset, bloating, or nausea. If these effects persist or
worsen, contact your doctor.

Notify your doctor if you experience: severe depression, groin or calf
pain, sudden severe headache, chest pain, shortness of breath, lumps
in the breast, weakness or tingling in the arms or legs, yellowing of
the eyes or skin.

If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Learn more

Before you take this medication, tell your doctor your entire medical
history, including family medical history, especially: asthma, high
blood pressure, kidney disease, liver disease, heart disease, stroke,
history of jaundice (yellowing skin/eyes) or high blood pressure
during pregnancy, excessive weight gain or fluid retention during
menstrual cycle, blood clots, heart attack, seizures, migraine
headaches, breast cancer, high blood level of cholesterol or lipids
(fats), diabetes, depression.

Depending on strength, this drug may cause a patchy, darkening of the
skin on the face (melasma). Higher strengths are more likely to cause
melasma. Sunlight may intensify this darkening and you may need to
avoid prolonged sun exposure and sunlamps. Consult your doctor
regarding use of sunscreens and protective clothing.

It may take a long time for you to become pregnant after you stop
taking birth control pills. Consult your doctor.

Do not smoke cigarettes. Birth-control pills slightly increase your
risk of strokes, blood clots, high blood pressure, heart attacks,
gallbladder disease, vision problems, and liver tumors. Cigarette
smoking (especially 15 or more cigarettes daily) and age (women older
than 35/smokers or 40/nonsmokers years of age) further increase the
risk of stroke, blood clots, high blood pressure and heart attacks.
Ask your pharmacist or doctor for a copy of the patient labeling which
explains these risks in more detail. Consult your doctor for any
questions, including possible use in nonsmokers over 40 years of age.

If you are near-sighted or wear contact lenses, you may develop vision
problems. Also, your tolerance of the lenses may decrease. Contact
your eye doctor if these problems occur.

If you will be having surgery, be confined to a chair or bed for a
long period of time (e.g., a long plane flight), or have recently
delivered a baby, notify your doctor beforehand. Special precautions
may need to be taken in these circumstances while you are taking this

This drug must not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or
think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately.

This medication passes into breast milk. This may affect milk
production and may have harmful effects on a nursing infant. Consult
your doctor before breast-feeding.
Learn more

Certain drugs can decrease the effectiveness of combination-type birth
control pills by decreasing the amount of birth control pill hormones
in your system (impaired enterohepatic recirculation or hepatic
induction). This can result in pregnancy. Consult your doctor or
pharmacist for details.

Drugs that may cause this effect include: many antibiotics (e.g.,
cephalosporins, chloramphenicol, macrolides, penicillins,
tetracyclines, sulfas), aprepitant, bexarotene, bosentan, dapsone,
griseofulvin, certain HIV protease inhibitors (e.g., amprenavir,
nelfinavir, ritonavir), modafinil, nevirapine, rifamycins (e.g.,
rifampin), many seizure medications (e.g., barbiturates,
carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone, topiramate), St. John's wort.

Ask your doctor if you should use additional reliable birth control
methods while taking any of the drugs mentioned above while also
taking birth control pills.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all
prescription and non-prescription/herbal medications you may use,
especially of: thyroid hormone drugs, certain benzodiazepines (e.g.,
diazepam, chlordiazepoxide), prednisone-like drugs, certain
antidepressants (e.g., tricyclics), beta-blockers (e.g., metoprolol),
"blood thinners" (anticoagulants such as warfarin), insulin.

This product can affect the results of certain lab tests (e.g.,
thyroid). Inform all laboratory personnel that you use this drug.

Birth control pills may significantly intensify the effects of
alcohol. Consult your doctor or pharmacist about this.

Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Learn more

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or
emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national
poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their
local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include
nausea and vomiting. Females may experience vaginal bleeding.

Do not share this medication with others. Keep all appointments with
your doctor and the laboratory. You should have a complete physical
examination that includes blood pressure measurements and
breast/pelvic examinations at regular intervals (e.g., once a year) or
as directed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions on how
to examine your own breasts and report any lumps immediately. You
should also be regularly screened for cervical cancer (e.g., Pap
test). Consult your doctor for more details.

A manufacturer's fact sheet about this drug should be dispensed with
each prescription. Read the information carefully. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist any questions you may have.

Missed dose advice differs and depends on the brand used, and the
number of doses missed. Refer to the product package information for
advice on missed doses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and
30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the
Subject: Re: Birth Control
From: frde-ga on 23 Dec 2005 04:49 PST
Copper 7
Subject: Re: Birth Control
From: policajo-ga on 23 Dec 2005 11:27 PST
Thank You all for your comments.  For the person that thinks men nor
women can't be trusted I pity as that is not true.  You have yet to
find the meaning of love if you cannot trust one another.  Happy
Subject: Re: Birth Control
From: frde-ga on 24 Dec 2005 02:42 PST

- You may believe that, but you are in for a nasty surprize

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