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 FDA approved 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 can even be fatal.
Who Should Avoid Yaz and Yasmin?
Particularly susceptible to these side effects are people who have existing problems with their kidneys, liver, or adrenal glands. Increases in potassium levels can be very dangerous in these cases. 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.
What are the Possible Side Effects?
Some possible side effects of Yaz or Yasmin include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Heart attack or cardiac related problems
- Sudden death
- Damage to the kidneys
- Gallbladder removal
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 have taken Yasmin to determine if the levels are abnormal.
If you or a loved one have 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 have been hurt by dangerous pharmaceutical side effects, we want to help.