Yaz Drug Defect / Yasmin (Ocella) Drug Defect

Yaz Drug Defect / Yasmin (Ocella) Drug Defect

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Yaz and Yasmin are oral drugs designed for birth control in women.  Both medications are manufactured by Bayer Corporation.  Recently thousands of women have come forward with reports of dangerous side effects associated with both Yaz and Yasmin, which are fairly new drugs to the market.  Yaz and Yasmin side effects can result in the following serious injuries:

  • Gallbladder disease
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots in the legs
  • Blood clots in the lungs
  • Heart attack
  • Pancreatitis
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver tumors
  • Death

The FDA has sent three warning letters to Bayer regarding Yaz and Yasmin.  A recent FDA Yaz warning letter addressed Bayer’s marketing of Yaz and alleges that it is misleading.  Bayer was required to immediately cease promotion of Yaz until it updated its marketing materials with the warning information requested by the FDA.

Many women who want to avoid pregnancy seek forms of contraception that will be conducive to their lifestyle. When traditional methods aren’t working, women turn to birth-control pills. While there are many birth control pills available in today’s market, women need to be properly informed of the risks associated with taking these drugs. Yaz, also known as Yasmin, contains a new type of hormone, known as drospirenone which raises potassium levels. Studies have linked high levels of potassium to life-threatening health problems such as heart attack, heart arrhythmias, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Women who are obese or diabetic are at the greatest risk for these increased health problems.

Yaz (drospirenone) is a birth control pill that completely prevents ovulation. It changes the cervical lining, which makes it difficult for sperm to reach the uterus, and therefore, reach a fertilized egg. In cases where Yaz is not used for birth control, women take it to treat their symptoms of PMDD, such as anxiety, fatigue, cramps, and mood changes. Serious side effects of Yaz include breast lumps, depression, chest pains, sweating, migraines, and sudden numbness. Less serious side effects such as breast tenderness, vaginal itching, weight gain, and changes in menstrual cycles are all common when taking Yaz. Yaz contains a new type of hormone, known as drospirenone which raises potassium levels. Dangerously high levels of potassium can cause numerous health issues such as heart attack, heart arrhythmias, deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

Consumers who have sustained serious injury while taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella (generic Yasmin) should contact a defective drug attorney immediately.  The full danger of these side effects is not yet fully understood, so it is equally important that a consumer currently taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, consult with their doctor on the risks and potential complications involved with this prescription medication.  Remember, health history can play a major contributing factor to serious injuries that result from taking any one of these three medications.

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