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Getting headaches being on sprintec - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I started on birth control in August, when that month's prescription was up, my doctor switched me to a different type of pill.
Doctor :   ok.
User :   This month my period has lasted for about 9 or 10 days, and I have a headache when I wake up and several throughout the day.
Doctor :   ok. were you sexually active while on the first pack of pills?
User :   No
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   which pills were prescribed before and which is the new one now?
User :   The first one was Mononessa, the one I have had since then is Sprintec
User :   I have always been "irregluar"
Doctor :   ok. then headache is a common side effect of sprintec along with bleeding pattern changes in the beginning
User :   when I started the Mononessa, I took the first pill a week after my period was supposed to come. (It was late)
Doctor :   unless you start with having regular cycles
User :   Instead of taking it when I was supposed to, I took it when I should have gotten my period.
Doctor :   ok. did you start with Sprintec on time?
User :   Yes, I started when I finished the Mononessa pack. But I started the Mononessa early. I didn't know if starting before I was supposed to would effect me.
Doctor :   stating it early could have disturbed the hormonal cycle, but taking sprintec on time should not have caused any problems
Doctor :   is the bleeding still continuing?
Doctor :   is there clots and dark bleeding present?
User :   Yes, I started this cycle last Tuesday I believe. And the bleeding has been odd. Not any clots, but it goes from red to brown and it's been really light.
Doctor :   do you have any other symptoms apart from headaches ?
User :   No, just the headaches.
Doctor :   ok. since you were not sexually active, chances of pregnancy can be ruled out
Doctor :   with the headaches being present could be related to Sprintec use
User :   This is the 4th month of Sprinrec I believe. I'm on the last week of it, the white pills. Would my body still be adjusting to the birth control?
Doctor :   if these are continuing, then consider discussing with your treating gynecologist about changing to low dose pills
Doctor :   which have less side effects
Doctor :   yes, it can be possibility that the body is still adjusting to hormonal changes
User :   I planned on calling my doctor tomorrow, but should i be heavily concerned that I'm still bleeding?
Doctor :   no, you can call your doctor and discuss about your symptoms
Doctor :   if the bleeding is worrisome, then an ultrasound scan would be helpful to know what is going on.
User :   Okay, I appreciate the help.
Doctor :   is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   I think that's it. Thank you so much.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me. bye for now.
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