If you have suffered from depression, anxiety, moodiness, mood swings, emotional problems, or other serious emotional disorder, your injury may have been caused by Gianvi. Depression is actually one of the most common side effects of Gianvi.
Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) is a once-daily oral contraceptive birth control pill that is created by Teva Pharmaceuticals, in a joint project with Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz. Gianvi was developed as the generic form of Yaz, and many women who were taking Yaz switched to Gianvi because it is cheaper and equally effective. Gianvi and Yaz both contain the same active drugs, risks, side effects, and benefits. Both medications also carry a risk of depression.
Gianvi contains 24 “active” tablets, each of which contain the following drugs:
- 0.3 milligrams of drospirenone, a new type of synthetic progestin. Drospirenone side effects include a 75% increased risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolism, heart attack (myocardial infarction), stroke, and death.
- 0.02 milligrams of ethinyl estradiol, a synthetic estrogen developed during the 1940s. Side effects include kidney damage, gallbladder disease, high blood pressure, and high potassium in the bloodstream (called “hyperkalemia”) which can cause irregular heart-rate and sudden death.
Gianvi and Depression
The official drug information for Gianvi warns that one severe Gianvi side effect is “mood changes, including depression.” However, the drug information does not make it clear that depression and mood changes are actually some of the most common side effects of using Gianvi. Greater than 1% of Gianvi users develop depression. Because millions of women have used Gianvi or Yaz, it is possible that thousands of women have suffered severe depression caused by their birth control pill. In fact, there is a warning that women who have a history of depression or other emotional disorders should be carefully observed for relapse of depression while taking Gianvi.
However, many women may have been unaware of this Gianvi side effect. As a result, it could be difficult to make the connection that the medication they were taking to prevent pregnancy was also having an unintended side effect on their emotional health.
Depression can have a severely negative impact on daily life, making normal day-to-day function almost impossible. The symptoms of depression can cause problems with relationships, work, education, physical well-being, family, and more. These problems can further exacerbate the stress and anxiety that contribute to feelings of depression, which can make this disease extremely difficult to control. If left untreated, depression carries a high risk of suicide.
This is why many people seek the care and guidance of a mental health counselor or a physician who can create a structured treatment plan that may include antidepressant medications. Though counseling and medications are very effective treatments for depression, they may cause a woman to incur expensive medical bills. If you were diagnosed with depression after taking Gianvi, you may be entitled to compensation for your expenses and injury if you decide to file a Gianvi lawsuit.
Signs & Symptoms of Depression
There are many different kinds of depression that vary widely in severity. However, most types of depression share some common symptoms, which may include:
- Persistent changes in sleep patterns
- Insomnia (difficulty sleeping) or sleeping too much
- Problems in decision-making, remembering details, or concentrating on tasks
- Feeling tired, lack of energy, lethargy, not wanting to get out of bed
- Anxiety (often over everyday things, such as relationships, work, money, health, family, etc.)
- Not enjoying activities that were once pleasurable
- Decreased sex drive, lack of enjoyment of sex
- Appetite changes (eating too much or too little)
- Weight gain, or weight loss
- Aches, pains, headaches, cramps, digestive problems
- Irritability, quick temper, restlessness
- Feeling sad, or “empty”
- Feelings worthless, hopeless, guilty, helpless to change
- Thinking about suicide
- Attempting suicide