Popular Birth Control Pill Yaz (Yasmin) May Have Fatal Side Effects


January 14, 2011

One of the most widely used birth control pills Yaz or Yasmin (generic form "Ocella") may cause serious side effects, including blood clots, resulting in a stroke or heart attack as well as gall bladder pancreatitis. Yaz is manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, Inc and has been heavily marketed throughout the United States for treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Yaz is the only birth control pill that contains a newer type of a diuretic called drospirenone. Some studies have shown that long-term use of diuretics can lead to elevated potassium levels in the blood and cause blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we have been representing Georgians seriously injured by dangerous and defective products for over 25 years.

Yaz has been shown to cause blood clots, which increases the risk of heart attack and stroke even in women who have no family history of blood clots, stroke or heart attack. The long-term impact of Yaz side effects is significant and can result in permanent lifelong problems including:

• Blood Clots: Need for blood thinners, pain in affected area, pregnancy issues, risk of future clots in affected area.

• Stroke: Permanent brain damage resulting in loss of movement and communication skills.

• Gall Bladder Pancreatitis: Surgery to remove gall bladder

Yaz blood clotting side effects can seem relatively benign initially. The clots form slowly over time as drospirenone builds up in the bloodstream. The diuretic has been shown to sharply increase the risk of abnormal clotting in women with no family or medical history of clotting problems. Clots often develop in the deep veins of the legs, and adhere to the venous lining, which is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If the condition is not treated, the clots grow and can result in increasingly restricted blood flow through the blocked vein. The blockages restrict drainage causing swelling, warmth, and pain in the affected area. The clot can break away from the vein and cause blockages resulting in life-threatening emergencies including pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cited Bayer for misleading television and web site advertisements concerning Yaz. The FDA concluded that the company advertisements falsely broadened the drug's indications, overstated the product's effectiveness, and understated serious risks resulting from taking Yaz. If you or someone you love has taken Yaz and experienced serious side effects, you should see a doctor immediately. You also should contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, for a free case evaluation to determine if you are entitled to compensation for the negative side effects of Yaz.

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, we represent Georgia victims who suffer serious side effects from drugs throughout Georgia. If you or a family member has experienced serious Yaz side effects, the attorneys of Montlick and Associates can help. Our Georgia dangerous drug attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Dalton, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or visit us on the web at www.montlick.com. No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Category: Personal Injury

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