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 38 22
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 16 11
PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) 11 3
General health 9 6
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 6 2
Acne breakout 4 6

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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 8
Moderate 14
Mild 3
None 19

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

Side effect Patients
Breakthrough intermenstrual bleeding 4
Mood swings 3
Weight gain 3
Absence of menstruation (amenorrhea) 1
Back pain 1
Depressed mood 1

Show all 22 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

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

Why patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 19
Doctor's advice 13
Other 13
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 6
Personal research 5
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 43 patients who’ve stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration

Currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 5

Stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 38
Usually 4
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 9
A little hard to take 7
Not at all hard to take 26
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 6
< $25 19
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-norethindrone (Loestrin 24 Fe) 2
Diane-35 1
Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (Depo-Provera) 1
Ortho Evra 1

Patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 2
Dianette 1
Metformin (Glucophage) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

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Richardliang
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Richardliang
Gender: M
Data Quality: 0 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 2
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: None
43 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: g
I have:
Social Anxiety Disorder

See Richardliang's full Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol history

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: 2 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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ashlynn220
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ashlynn220
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Most
Fatigue: Some
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Most
function: Most
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F29y
FM:8y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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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bridgetb2008
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bridgetb2008
Data Quality: 0 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: 8 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Unreported
  • Physical: Unreported
I am: n

See bridgetb2008's full Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol history

Dec 17, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Premenstrual dysphoric disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Stomach problems, Gallbladder problems)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: i wouldn't take it if you smoke and I would watch my diet for fatty foods
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: Stomach problems, Gallbladder problems

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