Yaz and Yasmin, a popular birth control pill that has been on the market since 2006, has been linked with a number of serious and often life-threatening complications, including but not limited to heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, gallbladder disease, and even sudden death. If you or someone you know has suffered from a serious side effect while taking one of these birth control pills, you may be eligible for compensation. The effects can be deadly, or could result in permanent disabilities.
Yaz/Yasmin Drug Information
Yaz and Yasmine, also known as Ocella, is a once a day birth control pill first approved by the FDA in March 2006 to prevent unwanted pregnancy. The approval was later expanded to include treatment of acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Yaz/Yasmine belong to a group of birth control pills that contain the hormone drospirenone – progestin that interferes with the lining of the uterus – which makes the oral contraceptive potentially more dangerous than other forms of birth control pills.
Women who are given a Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella prescription should tell their doctors if they have any of the following conditions before taking the birth control pills:
- High blood pressure, varicose veins
- High cholesterol
- Thyroid problems
- History of depression
- Gallbladder disease
- History of seizures or epilepsy
- History of fibrocystic breast disease
- History of blood clots
- History of heart attack or stroke
- High blood potassium levels or are taking other medications to increase potassium levels
Yaz/Yasmin Side Effects
Side effects from the oral contraception Yaz/Yasmin include non-life threatening effects such as nausea, breast tenderness, skin discoloration, hair loss, changes in appetite or weight, decreased sex drive, changes in menstrual cycle, swelling of the abdomen, mood changes, low energy, water retention or irritability.
More severe side effects can result in life-time disabilities or death. Severe side effects include depression, blood clots, stroke, brain hemorrhage, liver cancer, high amounts of fat or potassium in the blood, bleeding not related to menstrual periods, disease of the gallbladder, and more.
Since its approval in 2006, the drug labels have been changed to include safety warnings about the risk of blood clots. According to current drug labels, women taking birth control pills that contain the hormone Drospirenone may have an increased risk for developing blood clots than those taking other birth control pills. Currently, the FDA advises patients to speak with their healthcare professional about the risk of blood clots before deciding which birth-control pill to use.
Contact the Principle Law Group
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious side effect while taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, you may be eligible for financial compensation. To learn more, schedule a consultation with an attorney at Principal Law Group today. We represent the family members of individuals who have died from a serious side effect of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, as well as women who have suffered from these serious side effects. Don’t hesitate, call today.