Drospirenone

Description

Drospirenone is a synthetic progestin that is used only in a combination with other medicines for the prevention of pregnancy and treatment of the premenstrual dysphoric disorder, which is a severe form of premenstrual syndrome.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Drospirenone

  • Headache
  • Sleep disorders
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Anxiety
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Breast pain
  • Acne
  • Hives
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and discomfort

Uses of Drospirenone

What is it prescribed for?

  • Oral Contraceptives
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to drospirenone or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Liver impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. You may require a dose adjustment and more frequent clinical monitoring to safely use these medicines together. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Renal impairment

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. You may require a dose adjustment and more frequent clinical monitoring to safely use these medicines together. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Driving or Operating machinery

This medicine may rarely cause symptoms such as dizziness or drowsiness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose, then the missed dose can be skipped. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Insulin

Artemether

Benazepril

Efavirenz

Amiloride

Enalapril

Clarithromycin

Disease interactions

Depression

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients with a history of depression due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Patients should be monitored closely for any change in mood or behavior. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine with or without food. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised/prescribed. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Ensure that the treatment course is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine mimics the action of progesterone and suppresses ovulation and brings about other hormonal changes to prevent pregnancy.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Progestins

Schedule

Schedule H

Drospirenone [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 10 April 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Drospirenone#section=Top

Drospirenone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 10 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB01395

[Internet]. Accessdata.fda.gov. 2018 [cited 10 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2012/021098s019lbl.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 10 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.696.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 2 May 2018

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