Yaz Birth Control Causes Dangerous Side Effects
When Yaz birth control pills hit the U.S. market in 2006, they quickly became the most popular and best-selling form or oral contraception in the country. Unfortunately, a startling number of women who were taking Yaz reported dangerous side effects, some of which posed life-threatening risks. Since its initial approval, Yaz has since become the subject of more than 10,000 lawsuits that call Yaz unnecessarily dangerous and risky.
If you or someone you love is currently taking or has previously taken Yaz and suffered serious side effects, make sure you take immediate action.
Yaz is produced by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and was approved for sale in the U.S. by the FDA in 2006. Clever marketing quickly earned Yaz the title of best-selling oral contraceptive in the United States, along with sister drug, Yasmin. Both Yaz and Yasmin contain drospirenone, but Yaz contains significantly more ethinyl estradiol, which is a bioactive form of estrogen. While most other oral contraceptives are made with synthetic estrogen, few, if any, contain drospirenone. Drospirenone is a synthetic form of progesterone, another hormone, which means Yaz and Yasmin contain more hormones than other birth control pills on the market.
Like most oral contraceptives, Yaz and Yasmin claim to be 99.9% effective at preventing pregnancy if the pill is taken at roughly the same time (within 4 hours) each day. However, unlike some other birth control pills, Yaz was also approved for the treatment of other medical issues, including acne vulgaris and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Yaz Side Effects
All birth control pills do cause some minor side effects, including acne, weight gain, stomach cramps, migraines, and a decreased sex drive, and Yaz and Yasmin are no exceptions. However, Yaz and Yasmin have been associated with far more serious health problems, including blood clots, the most commonly reported major side effect. In fact, studies show that women who take drospirenone birth control pills are between 6 and 7 times more likely to develop a blood clot than those who do not take this form of birth control. Yaz and Yasmin also alter the body’s potassium levels, leading to other serious health problems, or even death.
Other serious side effects reported by Yaz and Yasmin users include:
- Blood clots
- High blood pressure
- Breast cancer
- Reproductive organ cancer
- Heart attack
- Liver tumors
- Altered liver function
- Gallbladder disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Inflammatory bowel disease
Due to the serious nature of these side-effects, the FDA released a warning in 2008, informing the public of the inadequate warnings regarding life-threatening side effects caused by popular drugs Yaz and Yasmin. Later, in 2012, the FDA made it a legal requirement for all birth control pills containing drospirenone to include warnings that the medicine may cause an increased risk of blood clots.
Despite the multiple warnings the FDA has issued regarding Yaz and Yasmin, these drugs have yet to be recalled. As a result, thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer for creating and marketing such dangerous drugs. As of 2013, Bayer had paid more than $750 million in settlements for Yaz lawsuits involving women who suffered from deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and other serious ailments after taking the drug. Still, thousands of other lawsuits have since been filed against the big pharmaceutical company.
If you or someone you love suffered a serious side effect after taking Yaz or Yasmin, our firm wants to help. We are committed to helping injured individuals fight for justice and maximum compensation, and we believe in making the pharmaceutical companies pay for their grievous mistakes.
Contact Shrader & Associates L.L.P. for help with your dangerous drug case.