Yaz and Yasmin are birth control pills manufactured and marketed by Bayer Healthcare. They are also used in the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and the treatment of moderate acne.
The active ingredient in Yaz and Yasmin is drospirenone, a synthetic form of progestin. Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol combine to produce the necessary pregnancy prevention formula. While drospirenone has proven successful as a birth control method, it also has been associated with increased levels of potassium in the blood, which might lead to irregular heartbeat. This is one of several potentially harmful effects of Yaz or Yasmin.
If you suffer serious complications because of these drugs, talk to Yaz attorneys or Yasmin lawyers. You may be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages related to your injuries.
Side Effects of Yaz and Yasmin
The drospirenone used in both Yaz and Yasmin causes increased levels of potassium in some users. Heightened levels of potassium in the bloodstream might be linked to elevated health risks like irregular heartbeat, which can lead to side effects like lightheadedness. In some cases, it can be more serious.
Serious complications that might be linked to use of Yaz or Yasmin include blood clots in the lungs or legs, heart attack, stroke, deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and death. Those who suffer these complications might have grounds for a legal claim to recover damages like medical bills and pain and suffering.
FDA Requires Warnings on Yaz and Yasmin & Warns of Misleading Ads
After evidence of the serious health risks of Yaz and Yasmin surfaced, the FDA directed Bayer Healthcare to add information about blood clot and stroke risks on their warning labels and product inserts. In addition, the FDA warned Bayer Healthcare about misleading advertisements on television that claimed that Yaz treated all types of acne, rather than the moderate acne, for which it is actually approved. The drug manufacturer subsequently discontinued the related ad campaign.
Filing Lawsuits with Yaz Attorneys
Misleading warning information and associated health problems have spurred many lawsuits against Bayer Healthcare. Injuries, illness and death associated with blood clots and strokes that may be related to use of Yaz or Yasmin have resulted in multidistrict product liability litigation. Many of the plaintiffs claim that the negligence of the drug manufacturer lies in the failure to disclose the level of risk associated with the use of these birth control pills. The plaintiffs claim that if appropriate warnings were provided, they would have opted for a different method of birth control.
Meanwhile, some may have a valid claim against healthcare practitioners who erred in prescribing Yaz or Yasmin to patients at higher risk of blood clots or other complications associated with the pills. Those harmed because of these drugs should speak with Yaz or Yasmin lawyers about their rights and liability, which depends on the details of their case.
Call the Yaz Attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates
Yaz and Yasmin lawyers can help you decide if you need to file a claim against Bayer Healthcare for damages related to side effects you suffered while using Yaz or Yasmin for birth control or other purposes.
Gacovino, Lake & Associates is a law firm that helps patients affected by dangerous drugs. Our Yaz attorneys can help you file a claim and advocate for compensation. We are dedicated to helping people like you obtain fair compensation from the negligent drug manufacturer or other parties responsible for your injuries or health problems. Call us today at 800-550-0000 or use our contact page to set up a free case review.