Yasmin is a birth control pill that contains drospirenone, a controversial new ingredient that has been linked to a 75% increased risk of blood clots. Have you suffered from a Yasmin blood clot? If so, you may be considering filing a Yasmin lawsuit. Thousands of women have already filed lawsuits.
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April 2012 — The FDA has recently announced that it will be updating the drug safety information for all birth control pills containing drospirenone. In a statement, they said: “The FDA has concluded that drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.” The FDA will be updating the drug safety information to warn about the increased risk of blood clots associated with drospirenone.
Yasmin (drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol) is a once-a-day hormonal birth control pill. It is the first approved contraceptive to contain drospirenone, a controversial new type of synthetic hormone. Yasmin was invented by the pharmaceutical company Bayer, and it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 to prevent pregnancy.
Since its approval, Yasmin has been used by millions of women to prevent pregnancy. The “active” pills in the daily Yasmin regimen contain the following combination of synthetic female reproductive hormones:
- 3 milligrams of drospirenone. This ingredient is relatively new, and also the source of much controversy surrounding Yasmin and other “fourth generation” birth control pills.
- 0.02 milligrams of ethinyl estradiol. This ingredient is synthetic estrogen, and has been used for several decades with a good safety profile.
Yasmin and the FDA
When the FDA approved Yasmin, it was the first contraceptive to include drospirenone, a new type of synthetic progestin. After it was approved, researchers began accumulating evidence that drospirenone had a higher risk of blood clots than other, older types of synthetic progestin. Finally, in December 9, 2011 (more than 10 years after Yasmin was approved), an FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly to update the safety labeling on Yasmin and other contraceptives containing drospirenone. The new labels would clearly, specifically warn about the risk of blood clots, and also mention that blood clots could be deadly. Their action was partly prompted by the conclusion of an FDA-sponsored study of more than 800,000 women, which found blood clots were 75% more likely in women who were taking drospirenone.
Earlier, the FDA had taken action regarding advertising for Yasmin and Yaz, which the FDA called “misleading” for “failing to communicate any risk information.” The FDA sent Bayer three warning letters over the course of several years. Though Bayer ultimately ran a corrective advertising campaign, by that time, tens of millions of women had switched to drospirenone. Thousands undoubtedly suffered severe Yasmin blood clots and other side effects. If you were injured by this medication, you are not alone.
Yasmin and Blood Clots
One side effect of Yasmin is a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When a woman has DVT, blood clots form inside veins located deep within the legs, pelvis, arms, or other part of the body. The veins are blood vessels that carry oxygen-poor blood to the heart, and the arteries are blood vessels that carry oxygen-rich blood to the lungs. Blood clots in DVT typically form in the veins, and are pumped into the heart and lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Yasmin blood clots may also form in arteries, causing a heart attack or ischemic stroke. These conditions can all lead to organ damage, multiple organ system failure, permanent disability, or death.
Signs & Symptoms of a Blood Clot
If you ever suspect that you have a blood clot, contact 911 immediately. Do not wait. Blood clots can cause death.
Blood clots do not always show signs or symptoms. In fact, around 50% of cases are symptomless. The symptoms vary depending on where the blood clot forms. The most common symptoms of a blood clot include, but are not limited to:
Symptoms of a blood clot may include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Change in skin color, whiteness or redness
- Loss of sensation
- Paralysis of one part of the body, loss of function
Symptoms of a blood clot may appear gradually, over the course of several hours. They may also appear suddenly, with an acute syndrome such as a heart attack or an ischemic stroke.
Yasmin Side Effects
Serious side effects of Yasmin 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
- Organ damage, organ failure
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