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Yaz / Yasmin

The birth control drugs Yaz, Yasmin, and the generic Ocella, are under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The oral contraceptive pills have been linked to blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. Gallbladder disease is also a common side effect, as many previously healthy women have experienced gallstones and been forced to have their gallbladder surgically removed.

Since 2004, over 50 deaths have been associated with the prescription drugs.

First approved by the FDA in 2006, Yaz has become one of the most popular birth control pills on the market today. Unlike most oral contraceptive, Yaz comes in a 24/4 dosage, meaning the first 24 pills supply a dose of hormones while the last four are hormone free. The drug contains a synthetic type of progestin called drospirenone which can lead to hyperkalemia, a condition caused by excessive amounts of potassium in the blood. This medical condition can result in potentially serious heart and health problems.

The birth control pill, Yasmin, was approved by the FDA in 2001. The drug differs from Yaz in that it contains a higher amount of estrogen and is taken on a normal 21/7 cycle. Combined U.S. sales of the two drugs manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals equal roughly $1 billion. Both are under scrutiny for causing serious life threatening side effects.

The two most common uses of Yaz/Yasmin are to treat:

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), a mood disorder likened to an extreme form of PMS.
  • Moderate acne in females over 14 years old.

Reports of elevated potassium levels are frequent among women suffering fatalities while using Yaz/Yasmin. In addition to death, the drugs have the potential to cause severe physical side effects including:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Blood clots, which can cause severe damage to the brain, heart, and lungs
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which blood clots lodge in the body's deep veins and block healthy circulation
  • Heart attack
  • Liver damage
  • Migraines
  • Pulmonary embolism, a condition in which blood clots lodge in the lungs causing breathing difficulties and chest pain
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Stroke
  • Breast lumps

Emotional side effects associated with use of Yaz/Yasmin include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks

If you are currently taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, you should consult with your physician before making any change or discontinuing taking the medication. Decision about when to start or stop taking a medication should be made in consultation with your physician.

And if you or a loved one has suffered any of the potentially life threatening side effects brought on by the oral contraceptive drugs, call the Law Offices of Joe Bornstein today for a free and confidential consultation. You may be entitled to compensation.

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