Yaz® and Yasmin®
Yaz and Yasmin are both popular birth control pills made by Bayer. While widely prescribed for pregnancy prevention as well as other hormonally related issues such as PMS, acne, and bloating, these pills have only been approved by the FDA for pregnancy prevention and treatment of PMDD.
Unfortunately, Yaz and Yasmin also carry possible dangers. One of their major ingredients, known as drospirenone, can cause an increase in potassium levels in the bloodstream. In some cases, this can lead to serious side effects and even be fatal.
Who Should Avoid Yaz and Yasmin?
People who have existing problems with their kidneys, liver, or adrenal glands are particularly susceptible to these side effects. Increases in potassium levels can be very dangerous for these patients. In addition, some other common medications can also increase potassium levels in the bloodstream. Combined with Yaz or Yasmin, the effects can be extremely serious.
Possible Side Effects of Yaz and Yasmin
Some possible side effects of Yaz or Yasmin include:
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Heart attack
• Sudden death
• Pulmonary embolism
• Damage to the kidneys
If you have any concerns about using Yaz or Yasmin and how they might interact with drugs you’re already taking or how they might affect existing medical conditions, consult with your doctor. Your doctor can check your blood potassium levels after you’ve taken Yasmin to determine if they are abnormal.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of the above side effects and suspect Yaz or Yasmin might be the cause, please contact one of the experienced, nationwide pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. If you’ve been hurt by dangerous pharmaceutical side effects, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.