Fort Wayne Yaz & Yasmin Lawsuit Attorneys
Yaz and Yasmin have been very popular birth control pills that differ only in dosing. These birth control pills are referred to as “fourth generation birth control pills,” and they contain a newer type of synthetic progestin known as drospirenone. Yaz and Yasmin have both been prescribed to reduce water retention and bloating, two common symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Yaz and Yasmin significantly increase potassium levels in your blood, which can be very dangerous. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that women taking these drugs may be in danger of developing life-threatening blood clots and other dangerous side effects.
When our physician prescribes a drug for us, we assume it is safe and will achieve its intended purpose. Unfortunately, the drugs we get are not always safe. Even with very strict FDA requirements for approval, some very dangerous drugs make their way to consumers. Sometimes drug companies even bypass regulations in order to maximize their profits. When this happens, it is you, the consumer, who suffers. If you or someone you love has been harmed by a dangerous drug in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, please contact Truitt Law Offices today to schedule a confidential, no-cost consultation.
Yaz/Yasmin Side Effects
As mentioned above, Yaz and Yasmin do prevent pregnancy and even help to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with PMDD. However, increased serum potassium levels can lead to:
- Heart attack
- Gall bladder disease
- Blood clots in the lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Blood clots in the legs (DVT—deep vein thrombosis)
If you have taken Yaz or Yasmin and have suffered serious side effects, you may have a valid legal claim on your hands. After a thorough review of your case, an experienced Indiana defective drug attorney from Truitt Law Offices can determine if you have defective drug claim.
At the time of this writing, the FDA reports 50 deaths associated with Yaz and Yasmin during 2004-2008. Women on these pills as young as 17 years of age have died due to cardiac arrest, blood clots, and stroke. If you are currently taking Yaz or Yasmin for birth control or for PMDD, you should contact the prescribing physician right away.
Yaz and Yasmin are combination hormone contraceptives manufactured by Bayer Healthcare. Progestin prevents the ovary from releasing an egg by making the body think it is pregnant. The lining of the uterus becomes thinner and the cervical mucus becomes thicker.
Birth Control Pill Generations
First generation birth control pills had high levels of estrogen, which caused a high number of blood clots. These pills were introduced in the 1960s.The blood clots then lead to strokes and heart attacks. Second generation birth control pills contained lower amounts of estrogen and were supposed to reduce the risk of blood clot. Acne was a common side effect of second generation birth control pills as were increased hair growth, weight gain and high cholesterol levels.
The 1980’s saw the advent of third generation birth control pills, which reduced weight gain and acne associated with second generation pills. But these pills caused an increase in the number of blood clots. Yaz and Yasmin are fourth generation birth control pills, and as we now know, come with laundry list of dangerous side effects.
If you live in Fort Wayne or anywhere in Indiana and have taken a dangerous drug, please contact Truitt Law Offices today to learn more about your legal rights or to schedule a consultation.