Ocella contain 3-mg of drospirenone, and ingredient that the FDA warns has been associated with a tripled risk of blood clots. When a blood clot gets stuck in the heart, it causes a heart attack. Even women who have never had blood clots or heart attacks are at risk of this side effect.
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Ocella (3-mg dropsirenone / 0.03-mg ethinyl estradiol) is a generic version of Yasmin. Ocella is distributed by the massive generic drug company Barr Laboratories. It was approved for sale in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008.
The labels on Ocella were recently updated (April 2012) to include new warnings about the risk of blood clots. The new labels will include information about studies linking drospirenone (an ingredient in Ocella) to as much as a three-fold increased risk of developing a blood clot.
Some studies have estimated that 4-6 extra women per 10,000 will develop blood clots while taking drospirenone. When drospirenone-containing birth control pills reached maximum popularity around 2009-2010, tens of millions of women were using these pills. A slightly increased risk became thousands of extra cases of side effects, including Ocella heart attacks.
Ocella and Heart Attacks
An FDA-funded study involving 800,000 women recently concluded that drospirenone triples a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot. This risk was greatest for women over 35 who smoked, but even women who had no risk factors had a higher risk of blood clots.
A heart attack, also known as a “myocardial infarction,” is a life-threatening medical condition that occurs when a blood clot blocks a coronary artery. Three coronary arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the heart. If they are blocked, the heart muscle does not receive enough blood.
Heart failure occurs when the heart muscle dies, and is unable to effectively continue pumping blood to the body. Heart failure can cause sudden death. It can also progress gradually over the course of several weeks or months. A person who is suffering from heart failure typically has severe swelling of the legs, is short of breath, and very weak.
The long-term prognosis for heart attack victims varies widely. Some people recover and never again have a heart attack. Others suffer severe damage to the heart muscle, and they never completely recover. A heart attack can cause severe, permanent disability or death.
Signs & Symptoms of an Ocella Heart Attack
Early treatment of a heart attack is essential for a good prognosis. Once a heart attack occurs, a physician will need to remove the clot and restore circulation to the heart muscle. Without treatment, a heart attack is usually fatal.
Some people delay seeking treatment because they do not recognize the early symptoms of a heart attack. The first symptoms may be relatively mild — some people mistake chest pain for indigestion, or they think they can “tough it out.” Any time a heart attack is suspected, call 911 immediately — do not wait. Minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Heart attack symptoms may include:
- Mild chest pain that grows worse over days or hours (angina)
- Severe chest pain that radiates outward to the shoulders, arms, back, face
- Upper abdominal pain
- Respiratory distress, rapid breathing, shortness of breath
- Nausea, vomiting
- Anxiety; feeling something serious is wrong
- Changes in consciousness, including feeling weak, dizzy, light-headed, sleepy, etc.
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