Women taking Yaz and Yasmin birth control products may be at an increased risk of
Many healthy young women across the U.S. have filed a Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella lawsuit against the manufacturers of these drugs (Bayer Healthcare, Berlex Laboratories, and Tea Pharmaceuticals). The growing number of cases cites allegations that:
Yaz, Yasmin & Ocella use a combination of the hormones ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. The progestin drospirenone can increase potassium levels in the blood stream, which can lead to cardiovascular and gallbladder problems.
Yaz, Yasmin & Ocella are generally taken every day, with a prescription from your doctor. While there are other uses for Yasmin, such as rare cases of acne treatment, the pills work by preventing ovulation. Another way the medication works is by causing a change in the woman’s cervical and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and making it more difficult for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Ocella is the generic form of the same drug (drospirenone) found in Yaz and Yasmin. Ocella is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals and was introduced to the market in 2008. Ocella, like Yaz and Yasmin, acts as a diuretic, which can increase potassium levels in the blood. These high potassium levels can cause abnormal heart rhythms, slowing the flow of blood and can lead to blood clots.
Pulmonary embolism is an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs, usually due to a blood clot, which blocks a coronary artery.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in a major vein, usually in the legs and/or pelvis. Deep vein thrombosis is an illness that is difficult to detect and can be fatal if not treated effectively.
Drospirenone acts as a diuretic, causing patients to lose water, and leading to a buildup of sludge or bile. The gallbladder’s main purpose is to process this bile, but it cannot function properly without water. Problems can present themselves in the form of gallstones, infections, inflammation, or obstructions. Symptoms of gallbladder disease can include:
After the FDA harshly criticized Bayer’s portrayal of the birth control drug Yaz, the manufacturer (Bayer) was forced to revise their previous advertisements. The ads made very little mention of the drug’s risks and could give the impression that Yaz is safer than has been noted. Bayer requested that both the commercials be pulled from the air immediately after receiving the warning letter from the FDA.
Bayer claimed Yasmin could help premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and acne. The ads featured women with clear complexions while the voiceover made the clear skin claims that got the FDA’s attention.
The FDA pointed out that, while Yaz can help reduce acne in clinical trials, it did not completely clear the patients’ complexions. Bayer has changed its commercials to be more clear about the benefits and harmful side effects of Yaz and Yasmin since then.
Some of the most serious side effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella include blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and embolisms. These conditions were more common in women using Yaz or Yasmin with a previous history of cardiovascular problems. History of other conditions that have been found to be dangerous include:
If you or a loved one has taken Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella and have suffered side effects, please contact us today for a free consultation at 1-866-870-2489.