As of July this year, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals has settled claims from 6,760 plaintiffs in the United States against the company’s popular Yaz birth control pills, paying out a total of $1.4 million—but these claims are just the beginning. Newsday reports that an update from … Full Story
Yaz® - Side Effects, Injuries & Lawsuit Information
Yaz®, Yasmin® and Ocella® are a group of oral birth control contraceptivesthat contain drospirenone (DRSP), a progestin that is associated with increasing potassium levels in blood.
The drugs work by changing a woman's cervical and uterine lining to make it more difficult for sperm or a fertilized egg to reach the uterus.
Yasmin® was originally developed by Berlex Laboratories in April 2001. When Bayer Healthcare acquired Berlex in 2006, they started marketing Yaz® birth control which is nearly an identical drug to Yasmin®.
Yasmin® (generic: Ocella) and Yaz® are the only forms of oral contraceptives to contain the progestin component drospirenone. The only variation in these two pills is that Yasmin® contains a slightly higher level of ethinyl estradiol.
Yaz® Birth Control Uses
In addition to its use as a contraceptive pill, Yaz® has also been FDA approved for use in the treatment of moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that causes debilitating anxiety, mood swings, pain and sleeping difficulties.
Yaz® birth control pills are just one choice in the sea of possible methods of contraception for women. Whether or not Yaz® is right for a particular woman will depend on her:
- Medical history
- Lifestyle habits
Women thinking about starting a course of Yaz® should consult their doctor for a thorough physical exam and a professional opinion. For women who start taking Yaz®, it's essential that they take the medication every day at the same time (within two hours of the set time).
Use of Yaz® will need to continue month after month for continued effectiveness at pregnancy prevention.
Yaz® Birth Control Dosage
Yaz® birth control pills come in a 24/4 dosage, meaning that the first 24 pills are active pills that contain the drospirenone hormone while the last 4 pills are placebos. When used as instructed, Yaz® is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy.
Yaz® Birth Control Side Effects
Yaz® has been found to cause a range of mild to serious side effects. Some of the most severe Yaz® side effects can include:
- Blood Clots
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
To minimize the risks of developing any of the above severe Yaz® side effects, it's vital that women discuss their complete medical history with their doctor before starting a regimen of Yaz® birth control pills.
Speak With A Yaz® Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries related to Yaz® or Yasmin® birth control, you may have grounds for a lawsuit in which you can seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, permanent disabilities and pain and suffering. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.
Yaz Birth Control News
Lawsuits against Bayer drug companies for serious side effects from oral contraceptives Yasmin® and Yaz® are steadily being settled, according to Chief U.S. District Judge David Herndon. More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed in federal court in East St. Louis, Illinois, and of those … Full Story
In April the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication about the risk of blood clots in women taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills. According to the safety communication, birth control pills containing drospirenone may be linked to a higher risk for blood … Full Story