YAZ &Yasmin (Birth Control Pill)

Birth control pills imageDid you know Yaz or Yasmin, the birth control pill, has been linked to serious side effects such as blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes in some women?

Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, Yaz and Yasmin, as well as the generic equivalent Ocella, are once-a-day oral contraceptives used to prevent pregnancy.  In addition, Yaz has also been FDA-approved as the only birth control pill that can treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition that causes severe emotional and physical symptoms around a woman's menstrual cycle.

Unfortunately, this popular birth control pill, which made more than $600 million dollars in 2008, has been linked to serious side effects including blood clots and heart attacks.

Side Effects of Yaz and Yasmin
One of the most popular oral contraceptives on the market, Yasmin and Yaz contain a different type of hormone known as drsp or drospirenone.  Although Bayer Healthcare claims that they are as safe as other types of birth control pills, drospirenone can increase a user's potassium levels. This can lead to serious health problems, which are particularly dangerous for those with kidney, liver, and adrenal disease.  In addition, other serious side effects of Yaz and Yasmin include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots in the legs (DVT- Deep vein thrombosis)
  • Blood clots in the lungs (Pulmonary embolism)
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Benign liver tumors
  • Pancreatitis
  • Sudden death

Those with certain risk factors such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure have an increased chance of developing these Yaz or Yasmin side effects.

If you or a loved one have taken Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella and have developed serious health problems, contact Gruber & Gruber today

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