Yaz® and Yasmin® Dangers and Compensation
Developments in the formulation of birth control pills have led to changes in the types of synthetic hormones used. These changes were meant to make birth control pills safer and more effective. However, some of these new formulations have led to new problems which are often quite serious. Among these are problems associated with Yaz and Yasmin.
If you believe you have suffered health issues due to using Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills, a consultationwith the pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton can help you determine if you are entitled to compensation.
Both popular birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin contain a type of synthetic progestin called drospirenone. These pills may cause potassium levels in the blood to rise significantly, which can lead to serious health problems and even death.
Health Problems Related to Yaz and Yasmin
Some health issues that have been connected to increased potassium levels include:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
According to the FDA, more than 50 deaths have been associated with Yaz and Yasmin, often due to blood clots, stroke, or cardiac arrest. These deaths occurred in women as young as 17.
Yaz and Yasmin Interactions
Users of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills are even more likely to experience complications if they already have health issues such as high blood pressure, or if they’re already taking medications that cause an increase in blood potassium levels. These medications include:
- NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
- ACE inhibitors used to control high blood pressure
- Heparin, which is a blood thinner
If you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications that could interact dangerously with Yaz or Yasmin, or if you have a preexisting medical condition that could cause dangerous side effects, be sure to consult with your doctor before taking Yaz or Yasmin for birth control or to treat premenstrual symptoms such as PMDD.
If you have taken Yaz or Yasmin and have suffered serious complications as a result, please contact nationwide pharmaceutical injury attorneys Schlichter, Bogard & Denton today to schedule your free initial consultation. A detailed evaluation of your case can help determine if you might be entitled to compensation.