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 72 20
Elevated blood pressure 66 27
Edema (fluid retention) 25 4
Liver cirrhosis 19 6
Acne 18 0
Edema in lower extremities 15 5

Show all 66 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
14
Moderate
8
Mild
23
None
44

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Spironolactone

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

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Spironolactone

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 27
50 mg daily 16
100 mg daily 12
50 mg twice daily 8
100 mg twice daily 3
25 mg twice daily 2
150 mg daily 2
200 mg twice daily 2
12.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Spironolactone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 17
Did not seem to work 15
Doctor's advice 15
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 5
Personal research 3
Expense 2
See all 49 patients who've stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration

Currently taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 17
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 10
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 71
Usually 13
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 6
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 72
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 4
< $25 57
Not specified 23

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Spironolactone after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Furosemide (Lasix) 3
Lisinopril (Zestril) 2
Amlodipine (Norvasc) 1
Bumetanide (Bumex) 1
Carvedilol (Coreg) 1

Show all 10 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Spironolactone and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Diclofenac (Voltaren Gel) 1
Eplerenone (Inspra) 1
Furosemide (Lasix) 1
Hydralazine 1
Hydrochlorothiazide-Lisinopril (San Lisinopril-HCTZ) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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4 patient evaluations for Spironolactone

May 9, 2017 (Started May 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for obsessive sex addict)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Increase effect of another treatment)
  • 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 30, 2016 (Started Mar 15, 2016)

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 7, 2014 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anti-androgen)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for gender dysphoria)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Lower blood pressure.

Nov 14, 2013 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anti-androgen)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gender dysphoria)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 9, 2013 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anti-androgen)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for gender dysphoria)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Jul 16, 2013 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anti-androgen)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated blood pressure)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 8, 2009 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anti-androgen)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

Nov 6, 2009 (Started Nov 16, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for anti-androgen)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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