Gianvi (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) is a popular birth control pill, and the generic form of Yaz. Thousands of women have reported severe Gianvi side effects, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, organ damage, permanent disability, and more. In the worst case scenario, side effects of Gianvi can cause death. Have you been injured by this medication?
Gianvi is a hormonal birth control pill that contains a combination of synthetic female reproductive hormones, including drospirenone (synthetic progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (synthetic estrogen). Gianvi is the generic equivalent of Yaz, a birth control pill manufactured by the drug company Bayer. Gianvi is manufactured by the generic drug companies Teva Pharmaceuticals and Barr Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Gianvi in 2010 to prevent unwanted pregnancy, treat mild acne, and reduce symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD).
Gianvi and Yaz
If you used Gianvi, you may have used Yaz initially. Many women switched from older birth control pills to Yaz when this medication was first introduced in 2006. When Gianvi became available in 2010, your insurance company may have forced you to switch to Gianvi, or you may have voluntarily switched. Gianvi and Yaz are essentially the same medication — both contain the same amount of hormones. They are both equally effective at preventing pregnancy. They have the same risks, benefits, and side effects. The biggest difference is that Gianvi is manufactured by a generic drug company and is almost always cheaper than Yaz.
Gianvi and Drospirenone
The side effects of Gianvi stem from one controversial ingredient: drospirenone, a “fourth generation” synthetic version of the female reproductive hormone progestin. Older birth control pills contained older types of progestin, such as levonorgestrel, norgestrel, or norethindrone. Because these medications had a long history of use, experts knew that around 4-6 women per 10,000 would develop a blood clot. With drospirenone, however, the risk of blood clots is slightly higher — around 10 women per 10,000 taking the medication.
If you used Gianvi, you may have used Yaz initially. Tens of millions of women decided to switch from older types of birth control to newer types after Bayer ran a $270-million advertising campaign for Yaz and Yasmin. The FDA later sent Bayer three warning letters regarding the “misleading” advertisements, which “failed to communicate any risk information.”
Serious Side Effects of Gianvi
The most serious side effect of Gianvi is death. Although deaths from Gianvi are rare, since 2004, there have been at least 50 deaths from women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone.
Did you take Gianvi and suffer a side effect? For some women, the hormones in Gianvi birth control cause the amount of potassium in the bloodstream to increase too much. High potassium can cause many side effects, including gallbladder disease, kidney damage, hyperkalemia, irregular heartbeat, and death in very rare cases.
The Gianvi side effect that has sparked most controversy is the increased risk of blood clots. These blood clots form in veins located deep inside the lower legs, thighs, pelvis, or upper arms. Sometimes, these blood clots become dislodged from their original location. They travel in the bloodstream until they become trapped in a major internal organ. Some of the most serious Gianvi side effects are caused by blood clots becoming trapped in the heart, brain, lungs, or other major internal organ. The most common blood clot Gianvi side effect is called a pulmonary embolism. This occurs when the blood clot become stuck in the lungs, cuts of circulation to lung tissue, and causes the tissue to die. This causes irreversible organ damage. In the most severe cases, blood clots cause organ damage and multiple organ failure. If this organ is the heart (during a heart attack) or the brain (during an ischemic stroke), this can cause death.
Gianvi Side Effects
Have you been injured by Gianvi birth control pills? If so, you may have incurred physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical bills, lost income because you were unable to work, and other injuries. If so, you are not alone. At least 11,000 women who have been injured by a birth control pill containing drospirenone have decided to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for their injury.
Gianvi side effects include, but are not limited to: