Loryna (generic form of Yaz) is a once-daily oral birth control pill. Loryna side effects include a 75% increased risk of blood clots, which can cause heart attack (myocardial infarction), ischemic stroke, pulmonary embolism, organ damage, lifelong disability, and death.
Loryna is a popular birth control pill that contains a combination of the following hormones: 3-mg drospirenone, and 0.02-mg ethinyl estradiol. Loryna is the generic equivalent of the brand-name Yaz birth control, and both medications contain the same amount of hormones. If you use Loryna, you may have used Yaz initially. Both Yaz and Loryna have the same side effects.
What are the side effects of Loryna?
Loryna side effects are linked to one ingredient: drospirenone. Drospirenone is a “fourth generation” version of synthetic progestin. With older generations of synthetic progestin (such as levonorgestrel, norgestrel, or norethindrone) the FDA had established that approximately 4 women out of 10,000 would develop a blood clot. When drospirenone was introduced in Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills in the mid-2000s, researchers quickly discovered that drospirenone had a slightly higher risk of blood clots — around 10 women for every 10,000.
Loryna contains the same amount of drospirenone as Yaz and has the same increased risk of blood clots. The most serious side effects of Loryna are linked to drospirenone and blood clots. For some women who take Loryna, potassium levels increase too much in the blood stream. Side effects of high potassium include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Hyperkalemia (toxic high levels of potassium that can cause sudden death)
- Gallbladder damage
- Kidney damage
High potassium also slightly increases the risk that a woman will develop a blood clot. Blood clots typically form inside veins that are deep inside the body, in a Syeda side effect called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Normally, the body uses blood clots to stop hemorrhaging. When blood clots form spontaneously, it may be impossible for the body to dissolve these clots. They can break loose, becoming “embolisms,” and then travel through the bloodstream until they become trapped. They usually get stuck in a smaller blood vessel inside a major internal organ. Once this happens, a woman may suffer from an ischemic stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, or other Loryna side effect.
In the most serious cases, these blood clots shut off blood flow to the tissue ahead of the blood vessel. This tissue quickly becomes oxygen deprived. If blood flow is not restored, the tissue will die. Loryna side effects also include tissue damage, organ failure, permanent disability, and death. Since 2004, at least 50 women have died after taking a birth control pill containing drospirenone. Bayer faces lawsuits filed by family members of these women.
Loryna Side Effects
Thousands of women have reported severe side effects after using a birth control pill containing drospirenone, including Loryna. If you suffered a severe side effect of Loryna, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your injury. Contact a lawyer at The Clark Firm, LLP for more information about your legal rights.
Loryna side effects may include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Gallbladder disease
- Hyperkalemia (toxic high levels of potassium)
- Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
- Psychological trauma