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Yaz® and Yasmin® Have Negative Side Effects

Both Yaz® and Yasmin® are birth control pills offered by Bayer Healthcare. They have become popular so that doctors prescribe them often. However, you could suffer from severe side effects such as:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Kidney damage

These pills could even cause sudden death. They are combination oral contraceptives but differ from the others by containing a new kind of progestin hormone. It is known as drospirenone or drsp. It can increase your blood potassium level and that can be life-threatening if you have any liver, kidney, or adrenal gland problems.

Yaz Marketed for Non-Approved Uses
Yaz does have FDA approval for treating PMDD (Pre-Menstrual Dysphoric Disorder) which is similar to PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) but with more severe symptoms. But it does not have FDA approval for treating either PMS or acne.

Bayer Healthcare has nevertheless been marketing Yaz for the treatment of PMS and acne. In October, 2008 the FDA sent a warning to Bayer, citing them for violating some provisions in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Some of Bayer’s advertising is thought to minimize serious risks and overstate Yaz’ effectiveness.

If you are taking any medication such as Motrin, Advil, Heparin, or any ACE inhibitors, which raise your blood potassium level, you would be at risk if you used Yaz or Yasmin. To learn more and to schedule a free consultation with one of our pharmaceutical drug lawyers, please contact our law office today.

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