What is Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol?

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The combination medication drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol is a progesterone and estrogen combination birth control pill.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Birth control 46 32
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 19 13
Polycystic ovary syndrome 14 3
General health 10 11
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 7 5

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 9
Moderate 16
Mild 12
None 20

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Weight gain 6
Mood swings 4
Abdominal bloating 2
Menstrual spotting 2
Moodiness 2
Back pain 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Dosage Patients Percentage
1 mixed monthly 2
3 mg-0.02 mg daily 2
3 mg-0.03 mg daily 2
1 mixed every 3 weeks 1
3-0.03 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 22
Doctor's advice 16
Other 16
Did not seem to work 13
Expense 6
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 54 patients who've stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration

Currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 48
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 10
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 5
< $25 28
Not specified 16

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (Dianette) 1
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norelgestromin (Ortho Evra) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 5
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (Dianette) 1
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching to

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5 patient evaluations for Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Jul 1, 2014 (Started Jun 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hot flashes)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg Daily
Side effects: hot flashes

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 16, 2010 (Started Aug 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: s
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Aug 16, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for Birth control)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 1 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Jan 14, 2010 (Started Jan 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for i have to use birth control because we are not ready for a baby.)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 mg-0.02 mg Daily

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