What is Spironolactone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Aldactone Spiractin Verospiron

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See also: Lasilactone

Spironolactone is a potassium-sparing diuretic used to treat congestive heart failure or high blood pressure.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Polycystic ovary syndrome 75 23
Elevated blood pressure 72 26
Fluid retention (edema) 25 5
Acne 22 0
Liver cirrhosis 20 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 13
Moderate 10
Mild 23
None 47

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Spironolactone

Side effect Patients Percentage
Frequent urination 7
Dry mouth 5
Excessive thirst (polydipsia) 3
Lightheadedness 3
Diarrhea 2
Hot flashes 2

Show all 33 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Spironolactone

Dosage Patients Percentage
25 mg daily 23
50 mg daily 6
50 mg twice daily 6
100 mg twice daily 6
100 mg daily 5
25 mg m,w,f 1
25 mg twice daily 1
75 mg daily 1
150 mg daily 1
200 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Spironolactone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Doctor's advice 22
Side effects too severe 19
Did not seem to work 16
Other 13
Course of treatment ended 6
Personal research 3
Expense 2
See all 57 patients who've stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration

Currently taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 19
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 73
Usually 16
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 74
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 6
< $25 55
Not specified 27

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Spironolactone after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Furosemide (Lasix) 3
Hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ (Hydrochlorot) 2
Lisinopril (Zestril) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Bumetanide (Bumex) 1

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Spironolactone and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Eplerenone (Inspra) 1
Furosemide (Lasix) 1
Goserelin (Zoladex) 1
Hydralazine 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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3 patient evaluations for Spironolactone

Apr 6, 2018 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for swelling in lower extremities)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for hypokalemia)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily

Aug 30, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for hypokalemia)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for swelling in lower extremities)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Twice daily

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May 9, 2017 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Dec 4, 2010 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 24, 2010 (Started Jun 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for polycystic ovarian syndrome)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for acne breakout)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue, abdominal bloating, irritability, pressure headaches)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ovarian cysts still there, have had one rupture since being on this medication. Not sure exactly how well it is controlling them, although it did resolve the amenhorrea and my hormones in general feel more stabilized. Having irregular bleeding and spotting throughout cycles. Has improved the acne and facial problems, less oil production, less irritation and pimples. Unwanted body and facial hair lighter, grows slower, easier to manage. Main side effects I notice are: less energy, some irritability, stomach bloating, a little weight gain and having to urinate more frequently. For how much this condition affects me though I'm willing to deal with the side effects.
Side effects: irritability, abdominal bloating, fatigue, pressure headaches

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