Friday, December 11, 2009

Dangerous Contraceptive Drug Yaz and Yasmine Raise Serious Health Risks

Some women may have sustained serious injury after taking contraceptives under the names "Yaz" "Yasmin" or "Ocella." Use of the drug may cause strokes, heart attacks, DVT (blood clots in legs), Pulmonary Embolism (blood clots in lungs, and dehydration, leading to kidney stones or gall bladder disease.

What is Yaz?
Yasmin and Yaz are contraceptive drugs produced by Bayer Healthcare. Yasmin and Yaz are known as "fourth generation" combination oral birth control drugs because they contain a combination of the hormones estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone). Yasmin was approved for use in the United States in 2001, while Yaz, a lower dose version, was approved for use in 2006. It is marketed under the name Ocella as a generic brand. The difference between Yaz and Yasmine is in the amount of the estrogen component, ethinyl estradiol. Yasmin contains 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol, while Yaz contains a lower dose of 20 mcg. This contraceptive is one of the most popular contraceptives and has been heavily marketed to women throughout the United States promoting its use in treating premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Why is Yaz dangerous?
There are several reasons.

Dehydration. This key ingredient Drospirenone may cause dehydration and then increase potassium levels in the blood, which, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), can be dangerous. Dehydration can lead to kidney stones and gallbladder disease.

Heart Problems. Potassium acts as a critical control in cardiac rhythm. Because of that, this imbalance can cause heart rhythm disturbances. This process can result in a stroke, heart attack, the formation of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, and even death.

Blood clot conditions including DVT and Pulmonary Embolism are serious Yaz side effect reported by women using this fourth-generation birth control pill. Many women with no family history of blood clots have suffered from life threatening injuries involving clots. The type of hormones in birth control pills can increase the risk of developing blood clots which can lead to serious problems especially if they are not diagnosed early.

After having a blood clot many women are then faced with life-changing side effects including being on blood thinners, pain in the area of the clot, and increased risk of developing another clot.

One of the more serious conditions reported by women who used Yaz or Yasmine are strokes. There are two main types of strokes: ischemic stroke (caused by blockage) and hemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding). Women who are otherwise healthy with no prior stroke problems have experienced a stroke where no other health issues exist. After having a stroke many women are then faced with life-changing side effects including permanent loss of movement, difficulty communicating and permanent loss of brain functions.

Quality Control. Recently, the FDA has taken action against Bayer to limit the drug's entry into the nation from Germany where it is manufactured citing serious quality control issues.

Has Bayer Properly Warned You About the Risks?
Bayer has also been cited by the FDA for overstating the benefits of Yaz and understating the risks in taking the contraceptive in its marketing of the drug. As part of an agreement with the FDA and more than two dozen state legal officials, Bayer was pressured into removing the ads, but is still marketing the drug with a new ad campaign which started early in 2009. "Those products were the company's top-selling pharmaceuticals last year, with global sales of $1.8 billion," according to The New York Times.

Article provided by Marcus & Mack

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