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 45 32
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 18 14
Polycystic ovary syndrome 14 3
General health 10 11
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) 6 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
Severe 10
Moderate 15
Mild 11
None 20

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

Side effect Patients
Weight gain 5
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 4
Mood swings 3
Major depressive disorder 2
Menstrual spotting 2
Moodiness 2

Show all 39 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Dosage Patients
3 mg-0.03 mg daily 3
1 mixed monthly 2
1 mixed every 3 weeks 1
0.25-0.5 mg daily 1
1 mixed daily 1
1 other daily 1
3 mg-0.02 mg daily 1
3 mg daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 22
Doctor's advice 16
Other 16
Did not seem to work 11
Expense 6
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 4
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration

Currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 10
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 47
Usually 7
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
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
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 6
< $25 27
Not specified 15

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (CyEstra-35) 1
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norelgestromin (Ortho Evra) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 1
Levonorgestrel (Mirena) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 4
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (CyEstra-35) 1
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1
Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol-levomefolic acid (Beyaz) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1

Show all 8 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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