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Is there a difference between Sprintec and Estarylla?

By Anonymous February 29, 2016 - 9:10am
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I recently switched to a new primary care doctor. Before then I have been taking Sprintec 28-day birth control pills for about 2 years. My new doctor gave me a prescription to a new birth control pill - Estarylla. She said both pills are generics so they are the same.

I want to make sure if these types of birth control are the same or if they have different ingredients, hormones, etc. Should I expect anything new with this new birth control pill or will it act the same as my old one? I never had any issues with my menstrual cycle, mood swings, etc. with Sprintec, so I want to make sure I don't have any new side effects with Estarylla.

Should I ask my doctor to switch back to Sprintec? Or is this something I don't need to worry about?

Thank you for your help!

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If I could get some help that would be wonderful. I've been on tri-legest since I was 18 and for the last year have been taking sprintec, which literally made all my body hair thin out including facial, eyebrows, and I felt wonderful. I did get the mood changed and heavy periods but it was worth it. I also experienced a stressful event caring for a family member and my hair had been shedding for the longest time. The stressful event has luckily stabilized but the hair issue has not. My thyroid blood work is normal thankfully but my hair sheds on. I even returned back taking tri-legest and already am experiencing hair thinkness on my body, face, eye brows again. I have always been sensitive to meds and don't know what to do. I was also on the south beach diet and have lost weight in the past doing this diet but never lost hair. So quickly. I have no insurance since I had to help my mother care for my father and have been told it was my weight loss and by one doctor, dermatologist said it was the stress, and nothing to do with the birth control or diet. Never lost hair when was eating poorly and over weight. Another doctor who really didn't access me well said it was the stress. I am sensitive to meds so I don't know could the sprintec have thinned out my hair on my body and head? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Now my health is hurting and I'm getting several depressed and gaining weight back again.

Thank you

If their is another cheap birth control that you would recommend similar to sprintec without the side effects that would be amazing. Or a birth control made for PCOS.

October 24, 2016 - 2:14am

Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for coming to us with your question.

The generic name is norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol., which are synthetic combination of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone.

Brand names include Mononessa, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Ortho-Cyclen, Previfem, Sprintec, Estarylla, Tri-Lo-Sprintec, TriNessa, Tri-Previfem, and Tri-Sprintec

So, Estarylla is just another brand name for the generic oral contraceptive.

Here is the link to information regarding ethinyl estradiol and norgestimate:

It appears that side effects and warnings are consistent with all brand names for the generic combination oral contraceptive.


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