Issues and Hazards of YAZ

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

When taken correctly, oral contraceptives are a very reliable form of birth control. But how do you know how safe your birth control is? By looking at a popular birth control pill YAZ, we can see some of the issues and hazards associated with this particular birth control pill.

Manufactured by Bayer, YAZ is used to prevent pregnancy and treat mild acne as well as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The pill works by suppressing the release of eggs from a woman’s ovaries and thickening the cervix mucus to help impede sperm penetration. YAZ has not been approved to treat premenstrual syndrome, which is a more mild version of PMDD. PMDD can cause both emotional and physical symptoms, such as extreme mood swings and hot flashes, that interfere with daily life.

In addition to common side effects like weight gain and nausea, YAZ has allegedly caused blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and gallbladder injuries, causing thousands of women or their loved ones to file lawsuits against Bayer. According to DrugWatch, there are still 662 plaintiffs as of July 2017, while the number was at one time as high as 11,860 plaintiffs. Generic names of YAZ include Ocella, Gianvi, and Sayeda. Similar pills manufactured by Bayer, namely Yasmin, Safyral, and Beyaz, have also been implicated in causing serious side effects in women.

The most common complaint in the lawsuits was that the synthetic hormone drospirenone found in YAZ allegedly caused blood clots to develop. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that drospirenone triggered as much as a three-times increased risk of blood clots than other oral contraceptives.

What is a blood clot and why are they potentially dangerous? According to FindLaw, “a blood clot occurs when blood coagulates to form a solid mass within a vein or artery.” While clotting is a natural part of the healing process, abnormal clotting can become very dangerous and cause a number of issues, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and even death.

In addition, YAZ is not recommended for smokers over the age of 35 as the pill may cause complications like blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and death. The risks increase based on age and number of cigarettes smoked.

Furthermore, YAZ is not recommended for anyone with kidney, liver or adrenal disease since taking the pill could cause serious heart and health problems. Anyone with blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, or who is or may be pregnant should not take YAZ.

The issue becomes whether or not Bayer was aware of the potential hazards of the pill. Plaintiffs claim that the pharmaceutical company misled the public about the supposed benefits of the pill while concealing the potential risks.

If you or a loved one has suffered ill effects from taking YAZ, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Contact Spiros Law by chatting live, filling out an email form, or call one of the three offices today.

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