What Causes Yaz Side Effects?

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013 in Personal Injury Law, Pharma Law, Yasmin Lawsuits | 0 comments

The fact that Yaz has side effects is not news. In fact, 12,000 people are very much convinced that it is the cause of serious conditions such as liver failure, kidney disease, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attacks, depression, and migraine headaches in women who take the contraceptive and have filed defective pharmaceutical lawsuits. What most people do not know is the mechanisms that cause Yaz side effects.

The active ingredients in Yaz which prevent pregnancies, alleviate premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) symptoms and act on moderate acne are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. In combination, these two hormones comprise what is referred to as a 4th generation oral contraceptive

Drospirenone is a form of progestin, a synthetic progestogen which suppresses ovulation. It is a steroid hormone which also suppresses the water and electrolyte regulating hormones of the body, which can increase potassium levels. This mechanism makes Yaz contraindicated for women with adrenal, kidney or liver disorders because the body is unable to process high potassium levels. This can lead to serious health problems.

Drugs being taken in the long-term that also results in elevated potassium levels should not be used in combination with Yaz. These include:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen for chronic pain conditions such as arthritis
  • Diuretics for low potassium such as spironolactone
  • Potassium replacing Angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitors such as Capoten
  • Aldosterone antagonists

Ethinyl estradiol is also a synthetic compound which serves the function of estrogen in the combination. Estrogen has a significant impact on a woman’s menstrual cycle, including the coagulating function. This could be one of the reasons why some Yaz users are at higher risk for forming dangerous blood clots.

Under ideal circumstances, this combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol is the best possible for effective contraception, as well as the aforementioned treatment of PMDD and acne. However, there are significant risks associated with this formulation, which is why women who want to take it should consult with their doctor and provide a complete medical history to get an accurate assessment of the desirability of using Yaz.

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Yasmin Blood Clot Lawsuits

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Interest, Personal Injury Law, Pharma Law | 1 comment

As of April 2012, approximately 11,900 product liability lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the maker of Yasmin, for a large range of side effects which have appeared in countless women who have taken the birth control drug. Plaintiffs have claimed that the drug has caused everything from blood clots to gallbladder damage. While many of these cases remain unresolved, Bayer recently settled with 651 plaintiffs who claimed the drug caused life-threatening or fatal blood clots and is likely to settle with hundreds more in the coming months and years.

Increased Risk of Blood Clots

On April 10, 2012, Bayer was ordered by the FDA to increase the consumer warnings about the high risk of blood clots for Yasmin. Most of the suits against Bayer involve claims that the company failed to provide adequate warning to consumers about the risks of taking the drug, despite the fact that testing has shown that Yasmin could triple the likelihood of developing dangerous blood clots. Additionally, a number of new suits have been filed which claim that Bayer actually marketed their product as a safer alternative to other birth control medications, despite knowing about the higher risk. Overall, it is estimated that the company may have to end up paying around 2.65 billion in order to resolve all of the cases against them.

Consumers deserve to have the risks of taking prescription medication made clear to them. When a pharmaceutical company makes record profits off of a drug that carries a high risk but fails to provide sufficient warnings of the risk, those who are harmed have a right to seek compensation for the damage done to them. If you or someone you love experienced serious side effects such as blood clots, stroke, or heart attack, don’t hesitate to consult with a skilled lawyer about starting a Yasmin lawsuit today.

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