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 43 27
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder 17 12
General health 10 8
Polycystic ovary syndrome 10 3
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) 6 2
Irregular menstrual periods 5 4

Show all 36 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 8
Moderate 13
Mild 7
None 21

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

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

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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
3-0.02 mg daily 1
mixed as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 19
Doctor's advice 14
Other 14
Did not seem to work 10
Expense 6
Personal research 6
Course of treatment ended 3
Change in health plan coverage 2
See all 46 patients who've stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration

Currently taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 40
Usually 7
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 8
Not at all hard to take 30
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 8
$25-49 6
< $25 23
Not specified 12

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol after stopping:

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

Patients stopped taking Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Ethinyl estradiol-levonorgestrel (Seasonique) 3
Cyproterone-ethinyl estradiol (CyEstra-35) 1
Darifenacin (Enablex) 1
Ethinyl estradiol-desogestrel (Apri) 1
Metformin (Glucophage) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Drospirenone-ethinyl estradiol

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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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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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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