What is Spironolactone?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Aldactone Spiractin Verospiron

false

See also: Lasilactone

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

Find patients like you who take Spironolactone

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 61 17
Elevated blood pressure 57 20
Edema (fluid retention) 21 2
Cirrhosis of Liver 18 6
Acne 14 0
Edema in lower extremities 14 4

Show all 68 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 12
Moderate 7
Mild 22
None 36

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 34 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Spironolactone

Dosage Patients
25 mg daily 24
50 mg daily 13
100 mg daily 7
50 mg twice daily 4
25 mg twice daily 2
100 mg twice daily 2
25mg as needed 2
25 mg m,w,f 1
12.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1

See all 15 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Spironolactone

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 16
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 13
Other 12
Course of treatment ended 5
Expense 2
Personal research 2
See all 45 patients who’ve stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration

Currently taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 8
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 14
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Spironolactone

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 7
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 60
Usually 13
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 3
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 61
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 4
$25-49 4
< $25 48
Not specified 20

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Spironolactone after stopping:

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

Show all 7 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 7 treatments patients report switching to

Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Spironolactone

61 members have decided to share their profiles only with other members of PatientsLikeMe.

COOPERATI
22007 thumb
COOPERATI
Gender: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 4
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Overwhelming
43 M
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: vb
I have:
Schizophrenia

See COOPERATI's full Spironolactone history

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
firefly84
88141 thumb
firefly84
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 32
Condition: Autonomic Neuropathy 26 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Autonomic Neuropathy

See firefly84's full Spironolactone history

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
ChloeMS
15351 thumb
ChloeMS
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Little
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: None
function: None
external_stress: Some
Stickman: some
Description:61y
CFS:19y Dx
FM:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
ME/CFS

See ChloeMS's full Spironolactone history

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
Last updated:
Showing 3 of 4 patient evaluations for Spironolactone