Understanding Yaz Recalls and Risks
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has, in the past several years, released recalls and other warning information about the birth control pill Yaz, manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Since 2009, experienced Missouri Yaz injury attorneys have been fielding questions about the risks associated with Yaz use - especially because until recently, information on these risks has been spotty.
An Overview of Yaz Birth Control
Yaz contains a synthetic hormone known as drospirenone, which mimics the effects of a hormone called progesteronethat the body produces naturally. When combined with other hormones in the same medication, drospirenone suppresses ovulation, preventing conception and therefore pregnancy. Because the hormones in Yaz and similar medications affect the menstrual cycle, the pills may also be prescribed for other reasons, such as to alleviate menstrual pain and other symptoms.
In 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recalled Yaz and a similar pill, Ocella, due to irregularities in the data surrounding their safety and proper use. While both pills later returned to the market, in 2012 the FDA released a study that found that birth control medication containing drospirenone was more likely to cause blood clots than birth control medications that did not contain drospirenone.
Risks of Using Yaz
Adverse effects of using Yaz or other drospirenone-containing birth control medications include blood clots that can lead to stroke, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and other conditions - some of which can cause permanent disability or death. Sudden intense pain and shortness of breath may occur during a clot. If you have these symptoms while taking Yaz, contact emergency medical services immediately. If you or someone you know has suffered a blood clot while taking Yaz, an attorney can help you protect your legal rights.