Ocella side effects include blood clots, which can travel to major internal organs and cause pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, and death. The U.S. FDA has already warned that Ocella can increase a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot by 75%. More than 11,300 women have filed lawsuits against Bayer for failing to warn them of the risk of these severe side effects.
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Ocella is a once-daily oral birth control pill. The regimen consists of 21 “active” tablets, each containing 3-mg drospirenone and 0.03-mg ethinyl estradiol. There are also 7 “inactive” tablets that help a woman remember to take Ocella at the same time every day.
Ocella is the generic form of Yasmin. Both medications contain that same amount of active ingredients, including one very controversial ingredient: drospirenone, a “fourth generation,” synthetic version of the female reproductive hormone progestin. All synthetic progestin increases the risk of blood clots, but drospirenone may be more risky than older generations of synthetic progestin. How much more risky? The FDA warns that a woman may be 75% more likely to develop a blood clot while taking a birth control pill containing drospirenone. In real numbers, 10 per 10,000 women taking drospirenone develop a blood clot, compared with 4-6 per 10,000 taking older synthetic progestin.
Ocella and Generic Lawsuits
If you suffered an Ocella side effect, you may believe that you do not qualify for financial compensation for your injury. Recently, the Supreme Court ruled that generic drug companies cannot be sued for failing to disclose side effects — even life-threatening side effects. In effect, the Supreme Court ruled to protect the financial interests of generic drug companies at the expense of injured people like yourself.
Fortunately for you, the Supreme Court ruling may not apply. Bayer already faces more than 11,300 lawsuits brought by people like you — people who were injured by Yaz, Yasmin, Gianvi, and Ocella. Because Bayer supplied generic drug companies with the generic product, the company may still be legally liable for your injuries.
Ocella Side Effects
The controversial ingredient in Ocella is drospirenone. Like all types of synthetic progestin, drospirenone increases a woman’s risk of a blood clot. However, drospirenone may be riskier than older synthetic progestins, while being no more effective at preventing pregnancy. Most women were completely unaware of this fact when they decided to switch to drospirenone from older birth control pills.
In some women, the drospirenone in Ocella causes potassium levels to increase significantly in the bloodstream. This increases the risk of developing blood clots in large, deep veins inside the body. In Deep Vein Thrombosis, blood clots form in veins in the legs, pelvis, or arms. These blood clots can break loose, called an “embolism,” and they can become trapped in major internal organs. Blood clots that form in the lower body can become trapped in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Blood clots can also become trapped in the heart, causing a heart attack, or the brain, causing a stroke. Dozens of women have died from Ocella side effects.
Another severe Ocella side effect is hyperkalemia. This occurs when potassium levels reach toxic, life-threatening levels in the bloodstream. Hyperkalemia is under-diagnosed, because the first symptoms are minor: nausea, lethargy, muscle weakness, and heart palpitations. However, if untreated, 2/3 of people with hyperkalemia will die from a severe, sudden irregular heartbeat that causes death.
Lawsuits for Ocella Side Effects
If you have suffered any severe Ocella side effect, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury. Potential Ocella side effects include:
- Blood clots
- Heart attacks (myocardial infarction)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Gallbladder disease
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