Yaz Information, Side Effects, Stroke and Lawsuits
General Yaz Information
Yaz is a popular birth control medication that has the chemical name of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. This drug provides patients with an oral contraceptive regimen that consists of taking 24 active film coated tablets each month that contain 3.0 mg of drospirenone and 0.02 mg of ethinyl estradiol. Patients also take 4 white placebo tablets each month. Yaz is primarily used by women to prevent ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. It does this by causes changes to occur in their cervical and uterine linings, making it virtually impossible for sperm to reach the uterus during sexual intercourse. Yaz can also be used to treat moderate acne in women and is often prescribed as a treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. The medication has been on the market since 2006 and has since been taken by more than 100 million women worldwide.
Yaz Side Effects
As with any medication, Yaz does have side effects that have affected a variety of women. Some of the side effects are very simple and will go away on their own after a few months, but others could be serious and life threatening. Here is a list of the most common, less serious side effects of Yaz:
- mild nausea
- breast tenderness or swelling
- freckles or darkening of facial skin
- changes in weight or appetite
- problems wearing contact lenses
- vaginal discharge or itching
- changes in your menstrual period.
Here is a list of the more serious side effects of Yaz. If you experience any of the following symptoms then call your doctor immediately:
- sudden numbness or weakness on one side of your body
- sudden and severe headache
- chest pain
- sudden cough or wheezing with rapid breathing
- pain and swelling in one or both of your legs
- symptoms of depression
- nausea, loss of appetite, dark urine, and clay colored stools.
Complications with Yaz
Yaz can cause a variety of medical complications. Some of its most severe side effects and complications include stroke, pulmonary embolus, blood clots and heart attacks. All of these side effects can occur when taking Yaz normally. Smoking increases the risk of any of these complications occurring. The side effects and complications of taking this medication are wide ranging because Yaz is the only birth control pill on the market with 24 active pills and 4 inert pills. This gives the patient an increased dose of hormones throughout the month, which can lead to any of the previously mentioned complications. Most birth control pills on the market today include 7 inert pills.
Current Yaz Lawsuits
Throughout the United States there are a number of lawsuits against Yaz and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. These lawsuits allege that the drug makers failed to warn the consumers and the medical community about the large number of risks and complications associated with the drug. They also claim that they failed to adequately test and research the birth control medication before placing it on the market and that they failed to recall the product after its dangers became apparent. Wrongful death suits have also been brought up against Yaz and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. by the families of patients who lost their lives due to heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or gallbladder disease associated with the use of the birth control medication.