Safyral side effects are linked to one controversial ingredient: drospirenone, a new type of synthetic progestin. The life-threatening side effects of this birth control pill include blood clots, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, heart attack, ischemic stroke, and death.
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What is Safyral?
Safyral is a birth control pill. It is a once-daily regimen that consists of 21 active hormonal tablets, and 7 inactive tablets that help a woman stay in the habit of taking Safyral every day. Safyral was invented by the pharmaceutical company Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December of 2010.
Safyral contains the following active ingredients:
- 3-mg drospirenone, a “fourth generation” version of synthetic progestin
- 0.03-mg ethinyl estradiol, synthetic estrogen
- 0.451-mg folic acid (levomefolate calcium)
Safyral is essentially the same medication as Yasmin. Both contain the same amount of hormones (estrogen and progestin). The biggest difference is that Safyral also contains an added folate B-vitamin. After researchers found that most neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) were caused by folate deficiencies, the FDA recommended that women of childbearing age consume at least 0.4-mg of folic acid every day.
Safyral and Drospirenone
The controversy surrounding Safyral and Yasmin comes from one ingredient both medications have in common: drospirenone. The FDA now warns that women taking drospirenone are 75% more likely to develop a blood clot compared to older types of birth control, yet drospirenone is equally effective at preventing pregnancy.
When Yaz and Yasmin were first approved by the FDA, Bayer spent more than $270 million on an advertising campaign that promoted drospirenone birth control pills as quality-of-life enhancers. The FDA later called these advertisements “misleading” for “failing to including any risk information” and claiming that drospirenone could treat all acne and PMS. Even so, tens of millions of women decided to switch from older birth control pills to drospirenone.
Though the risk of developing a blood clot increased from 4-6 per 10,000 to 10 per 10,000 women using drospirenone, because tens of millions of women used drospirenone, there were potentially tens of thousands of extra cases of blood clots.
Safyral and Blood Clots
If you use Safyral, you may have initially used Yasmin. One side effect of both Yasmin and Safyral is an increased risk of blood clots — as much as 75% higher than with other birth control pills. Even if you knew that blood clots were a Safyral side effect, you may not have realized that blood clots are potentially deadly.
The drospirenone in Safyral may increase potassium in a woman’s bloodstream. This can increase the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), in which blood clots form deep inside the body (usually the lower leg, thigh, pelvis, or upper arms). DVT may have no symptoms, which makes it particularly dangerous, because a blood clot can suddenly break loose. This is called an embolism. An embolism will float in the bloodstream until it becomes trapped in a smaller vessel, usually inside a major internal organ such as the heart, brain, or lungs, causing a heart attack, ischemic stroke, or pulmonary embolism. In the most severe cases, an embolism can cause death.
Bayer faces more than 50 lawsuits brought by family members of women who died after using birth control containing drospirenone. In total, Bayer faces more than 11,000 lawsuits brought by women who have suffered any side effect of a medication containing drospirenone, including Safyral.
Safyral Side Effects
If you have suffered any of the following Safyral side effects, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your physical injuries, psychological pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost incomes, and more.
Safyral 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
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