Authored by Gloria Mayer
Yaz and Yasmin are considered fourth-generation birth control alternatives, and are classified as Combination Oral Contraceptives containing estrogen and progestin to prevent ovulation and pregnancy.
However, the type of progestin used in Yaz and Yasmin – a synthetic hormone called drospirenone – has posed safety concerns.
Early testing revealed Yaz side effects such as high blood pressure, liver disruption, allergic reactions, upper respiratory infections, headaches, yeast infections, irregular non-menstrual bleeding, stomach cramps, hair loss and weight gain. These side effects are common to birth control pills.
In recent years, researchers have found that drospirenone may cause more severe Yaz side effects. In studies, drospirenone has been shown to raise levels of potassium in the blood, which increases the risk of blood clots and blood clot-related events, including:
Due to the number of blood clot injury claims filed by Yaz and Yasmin patients, Bayer has begun settling these cases. If you have been affected, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the compensation available from a Yaz settlement. Contact us today.
Yaz blood clot warnings have been issued by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, FDA, British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, and other leading medical groups.
The FDA has revealed that among women taking Yaz, there have been over 22,000 reports of adverse events -- including 3,509 reports of pulmonary embolism and 2,847 of deep vein thrombosis.
Women taking Yasmin have reported nearly 18,000 adverse events – including 2,297 reports of pulmonary embolism and 1,953 reports of DVT. Thousands of those affected by serious Yaz side effects have filed lawsuits against Bayer for their injuries.
According to Bayer’s latest financial report on September 30, 2012, more than 12,000 people have filed claims alleging side effects from Yaz or Yasmin.
The company has set aside more than $750 million to settle Yaz lawsuits, at an average of more than $214,000 per case. However, they are only settling claims involving blood clots, DVT, pulmonary embolism and stroke at this time.
If you or a loved one have been affected by Yasmin or Yaz side effects related to blood clots, it is important to speak with a lawyer about the compensation available and how much time you have to file a claim. The time to recover is limited.
Due to the complexity and specialized nature of these cases, the DrugRisks Center only recommends lawyers who have already settled Yaz lawsuits.
For more information on the side effects or legal action involving Yaz, or to speak with a qualified lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.