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 Birth Control
Produced by Bayer, Yaz (generically known as drospirenone) is an oral contraceptive pill that works by changing a woman's cervical and uterine lining to make it more difficult for:
- Sperm to get to the uterus
- A fertilized egg to attach to the uterine lining
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.
Uses for Yaz Birth Control
Along with being used as a method of contraception, Yaz can also be used to treat:
- Moderate acne for menstruating women over 14 years old
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) that interferes with a woman's ability to function in her daily life. Commonly, symptoms of PMDD include anxiety, depression, mood swings and/or insomnia.
Yaz has not been properly evaluated or FDA approved for use in the treatment of PMS.
Yaz Risks and Side Effects
Despite being an effective contraceptive medication, Yaz has been found to cause a range of mild to severe side effects.
- bleeding or spotting between periods
- decreased sex drive
- increased appetite
- nausea and/or vomiting
- vaginal discharge
- weight gain
- yeast infections
Less frequently, more serious and potentially life-threatening Yaz side effects can arise. These may include:
- blood clots and/or deep vein thrombosis (Blood clots that lodge in the body's deep veins and impede healthy circulation.)
- breast lumps
- depression or other psychiatric changes
- heart attack
- hyperkalemia (high potassium levels in the blood)
- hypertension (high blood pressure) and/or high cholesterol levels
- liver damage (which can be marked by yellowed eyes, dark urine and/or stomach pain)
- pulmonary embolism (Potentially fatal blood clots in the lungs that cause breathing problems, chest pain and/or bloody sputum.)
- severe allergic reaction (characterized by breathing difficulties, hives and facial or tongue swelling)
- usual, persistent vaginal bleeding
Given the severity of possible Yaz side effects, it's vital that women taking Yaz:
- Understand the types and symptoms of severe Yaz side effects
- Seek immediate medical attention, should they start to develop more serious Yaz side effects
- Meet with a personal injury lawyer, once their health is stable, to find out if they have a legal claim against Bayer
Women seriously injured after taking Yaz, as well as families of deceased Yaz patients, will likely be entitled to compensation for their injuries or loss. To encourage injured Yaz patients to stand up for their legal rights, Yaz lawyers offer free consultations and will delay payment for their services until a settlement or court award is won in a.
Those who follow through with their Yaz lawsuit can win compensation for their:
- burial and funeral costs
- hospital bills
- lost wages
- ongoing treatment costs
- permanent disabilities
- pain and suffering
Have you or a loved one been injured after taking Yaz? If so, contact us today to talk to an experienced Yaz attorney who can evaluate your case and help you win the compensation you need and deserve.
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