What is Yaz or Yasmin?
Yaz and Yasmin are newer types of oral contraceptives sold by Bayer Health Care. The Yaz group of drugs combines estrogen and a new form of progestin, called Drospirenone, to prevent pregnancy. Yaz is a once-a-day birth control pill which was approved by the FDA in March of 2006. Approval has been expanded to include treatment of the emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and to treat moderate acne in women who already use birth control. Yaz has been incredibly profitable for Bayer. In 2008, it was the top selling birth control pill in the U.S.
What problems have been associated with Yaz/Yasmin?
Unfortunately, aggressive marketing without adequate warnings about serious and potentially life-threatening side effects has led to many serious problems for women who use Yaz. In two recently published British studies, it was reported that women taking Yaz are 2 or 3 times more likely to develop serious blood clots. Many experts believe that Drospirenone is more dangerous than other forms of progestin because Drospirenone increases potassium levels. Increased potassium may disrupt heart rhythms, or slow down blood flow to allow the formation of clots. Furthermore, Drospirenone acts as a diuretic and can lead to dehydration, which also results in blood clots and gall bladder damage.
What conditions or symptoms are known to be caused by Yaz or Yasmin?
There are several very serious conditions that may affect women taking Yaz. These include:
- Heart Attack
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Gall Bladder Disease
- Sudden Death
What should you do if you have been injured by Yaz or Yasmin?
Many times, when an individual has suffered a severe illness or an acute medical event such as a heart attack or stroke, she may not be aware that a prescription drug such as Yasmin or YAZ is responsible for the injury. Contacting an experienced Yaz attorney can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together.
The attorneys at Henry Spiegel Milling LLP can help you determine if the use of Yaz or Yasmin contributed to a medical problem, and also secure any compensation owed to you. We represent clients across the United States, including Atlanta, and charge no fee unless we resolve your case via settlement or verdict. Call our office today at (404) 832-8000 to confidentially discuss your matter.