Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a serious, life-threatening side effect of Safyral. If you take Safyral, you may have heard about a recent FDA decision to update Safyral’s labeling to warn of a possible increased risk of blood clots. These blood clots usually form in a condition called DVT.
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Safyral is an oral contraceptive that is sold by the drug company Bayer. It was approved by the FDA in December 2010.
Do you take Safyral birth control pills? Many women take this oral contraceptive because it can prevent unwanted pregnancy, but also provides an additional folate vitamin to prevent birth defects, just in case pregnancy accidentally occurs. Safyral is very similar to Yasmin. In fact, Safyral has the same active ingredients as Yasmin, but with an added folate B-vitamin.
The Safyral regimen consists of “active” and “inactive” tablets. Each “active” tablet contains a combination of two hormones: 0.03-mg synthetic estrogen, and 3-mg synthetic progestin. Safyral also contains 0.451-mg of folate, which reduces the risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect (such as spina bifida, anencephaly, and more).
Safyral and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Safyral contains drospirenone, a new kind of synthetic progestin. The first birth control pill to contain drospirenone was Yasmin, which was approved in 2001. Since then, there has been a growing volume of data linking drospirenone to an increased risk of blood clots. Finally, in 2011, an FDA-funded study concluded that women taking drospirenone were approximately three times more likely to develop a blood clot. The FDA has recently announced that the labels of all drospirenone-containing birth control pills (including Safyral) will be updated to reflect the information.
Drospirenone increases the risk of a particularly dangerous, deadly type of blood clot. You are probably already aware that blood clots are necessary to stop bleeding after an injury. Blood clots do not usually form deep inside the body. When they do, this condition is called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). A Safyral DVT blood clot usually occurs in the lower legs, thighs, or pelvis, but it can occur anywhere.
Unlike surface blood clots, DVT blood clots are not filtered out before they reach the main blood stream. In fact, they typically form inside large veins that go directly toward the heart. When DVT blood clots form, there is a high risk that they will move through the body, travel to the heart, and become trapped inside the lungs. This cuts off the blood supply to lung tissue, causing a condition called a pulmonary embolism. If the lung tissue is severely damaged, pulmonary embolisms can cause organ damage, failure, physical disability, or death.
Symptoms of Safyral DVT
All synthetic progestins slightly elevate a woman’s risk of having DVT, blood clots, and pulmonary embolisms. Therefore, any woman who is taking a birth control pill containing progestin (which includes nearly all hormonal birth control pills) should be aware of the symptoms of a blood clot, just in case one develops. Unfortunately, DVT is a particularly dangerous medication side effect, because it is often symptomless when it forms.
If a Safyral DVT blood clot does show symptoms, they may include the following:
- Discoloration of the affected part of the body (such as one leg)
- Pain in the affected extremity
- Swelling in the limb
- Warmth in the area of the blood clot
- Superficial veins may look engorged
- Weakness, tingling, or abnormal sensation in the affected limb
Treatment for Safyral DVT Blood Clots
The treatment for Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) initially focuses on preventing the clot from growing any larger. If a DVT blood clot stays in place, it is unlikely to cause any major harm. Anti-clotting drugs such as warfarin or heparin can reduce the risk that the clot will become an embolism. If the condition does not respond to these medications, the patient may need a more aggressive intravenous treatment.
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