Studies performed recently have shown that Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol), also known as Yaz, has the potential to cause serious side effects, and possibly even death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warnings about the drug, but so far, Yasmin has not been recalled. Tulsa Yasmin lawsuits and Oklahoma Yaz lawsuits are currently in preparations to gain compensation for those who have suffered Yaz side effects.
Yaz Side Effects
The two most serious side effects caused by Yasmin are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT occurs when a clot forms in a vein situated deep in the body, usually in the lower leg or thigh. This presents a risk of the clot breaking free, traveling through the body, and ending up in a lung. If the clot does travel to the lung, there is a risk of PE, which occurs when a clot blocks an artery in the lung, leading to oxygen deprivation, organ damage, brain damage, and even death.
Using this contraceptive also presents the risk of other serious Yasmin side effects such as heart attack, cerebral hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), cerebral thrombosis (blood clot in the brain), gallbladder disease, liver tumors, and high blood pressure.
Other possible Yaz side effects include, but are not limited to: bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods; stomach cramps or bloating; nausea; vomiting; breast tenderness, lumps, or discharge; weight gain; severe allergic reactions; confusion; fainting; irregular heartbeat; headache; dizziness; slurred speech; swelling of the hands, fingers, ankles, or legs; fatigue or weakness; and vision problems.
The risk for all of these side effects, especially cardiovascular-related events, is increased if the patient taking Yasmin smokes, and/or is over 35 years of age, or if there is an existing history of stroke or blood clots.
Yasmin can also cause birth defects in infants. Women should stop taking it immediately upon learning of pregnancy.
Yasmin and FDA Warnings
In May, 2011, the FDA announced a safety review related to the increased risk of blood clot formation with birth control pills containing drospirenone, one of the main ingredients in Yaz. The safety announcement also provided details of other oral contraceptives that contain the drug in question.
What is Yasmin?
Yasmin (drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol), also known as Yaz, is a combined oral contraceptive (COC) available in pill form. Contraceptives are labeled as COCs when they contain a combination of progestin and estrogen. Like most COCs, Yasmin works by inhibiting ovulation, and changing the uterine lining to prevent fertilized eggs from attaching to the uterus.
Yasmin has also been found to be effective in the treatment of acne, but should not be taken for solely for that purpose. It is primarily an oral contraceptive, and should only be prescribed and taken to prevent pregnancy.
Yasmin Side Effects: What To Do
If you or someone you know takes Yasmin, or any other COC that contains drospirenone, talk to your doctor about the possible side effects. This is especially important if you smoke and/or are over the age of 35.
If you or a loved one have suffered because of taking Yaz, or any other drospirenone-containing oral contraceptive, you may be eligible to participate in a Tulsa Yasmin lawsuit, or an Oklahoma Yaz lawsuit, depending on your city of residence. McIntyre Law is staffed with experienced drug lawsuit attorneys who will be able to help you.
If you are able to participate in a Yaz side effects lawsuit, we will work to help you recover damages. The Oklahoma and Tulsa Yaz lawsuits seek recovery for pain, physical injury, suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. If you are suffering from Yasmin side effects, please contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation by filling out our contact form, or by calling us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
If You Can’t Participate In The Oklahoma Yaz Lawsuit
We are now accepting Yasmin lawsuit cases in states nationwide, including:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What if I haven’t used Yasmin?
If you’ve never used Yasmin, you should know that there are several other drugs that have been recalled, and have caused injury to many people. The McIntyre Law team is involved in helping people with several of these drug lawsuits. Please see our other drug information pages to find out if you are affected by any other drug recall: