Safyral may cause hyperkalemia, a serious disorder in which a woman has too much potassium in her blood. It is life-threatening, because Safyral hyperkalemia may have no symptoms, and then suddenly cause a severely irregular heart beat. This can cause congestive heart failure and death.
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Safyral is one of the new, “fourth generation” birth control pills that have come under intense scrutiny after being linked to an increased risk of many life-threatening side effects. Safyral contains two types of synthetic hormones: drospirenone (synthetic progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (synthetic estrogen). Safyral also contains 0.451-mg of levomefolate calcium (folate B-vitamin). Experts know that a deficiency of folate can cause severe neural tube defects. Experts also know that some women who take birth control get pregnant despite the pill. Safyral combines anti-pregnancy hormones with additional protection against birth defects, just in case pregnancy occurs.
Unfortunately, Safyral and many other hormonal birth control pills can cause hyperkalemia. Although this is a life-threatening side effect, you may not have been aware that Safyral can cause hyperkalemia. The problem is that many “fourth generation” contraceptives were initially advertised with a massive, multi-million dollar ad campaign that failed to warn women about the risks of severe side effects, including hyperkalemia.
If you were injured by Safyral hyperkalemia, you are not alone. Thousands of women are now filing drug injury lawsuits against Bayer for injuries caused by Safyral and other “fourth generation” birth control pills.
What is Hyperkalemia?
Hyperkalemia is a metabolic disorder affecting the potassium system. It occurs when the amount of potassium in the blood is too high. Normally, the body maintains a balance of potassium, in which 98% is intracellular and 2% is extracellular. Experts believe that hormones in many types of contraceptives, including Safyral, disrupt this balance, leading to higher and higher amounts of potassium in the blood.
Potassium is an essential nutrient for physiological health. It is an essential part of nerves and muscle cells — especially the muscle cells that are inside the heart. The biggest danger of hyperkalemia is that high potassium will interfere with electrical signals in the heart. Without warning, Safyral hyperkalemia can cause a sudden, severe irregular heart rhythm, heart failure, and death.
Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot effectively or efficiently pump blood into the body. As a result, tissues in the body become starved of oxygenated blood and begin to die. Safyral hyperkalemia may cause organ damage, organ failure, physical disability, intellectual disability, or death.
Signs & Symptoms of Safyral Hyperkalemia
The problem with Safyral hyperkalemia is that it does not always have symptoms, and when it does have symptoms, they are not unique to hyperkalemia. This means that the disorder can easily be mistaken for something else. Patients who have the condition may delay seeking treatment, and physicians who see the patient may not immediately diagnose the disorder. This combination of risk factors increases the risk that a patient will suffer from a deadly irregular heartbeat before they receive help.
Symptoms of Safyral hyperkalemia include the following:
- Feeling ill, looking ill
- Nausea, vomiting
- Changes in heart rhythm
- Heart palpitations
- Slow, weak, or irregular heart rhythm
- Changes in consciousness (fainting, weakness, dizziness, etc.)
- Heart rhythm that slows down
- Respiratory distress
- Tingling, numbness, abnormal physical sensations
Treatment & Prognosis
A blood test will reveal elevated potassium levels and help a doctor diagnose hyperkalemia. The goal of treatment is reducing potassium levels in the bloodstream. Several intravenous medications may achieve this goal. For example, insulin (a metabolic hormone) can cause cells to absorb extra nutrients, including potassium, out of the blood. This lowers potassium levels in the bloodstream. Other medications may include calcium and bicarbonate, which help the person’s digestive system and kidneys excrete potassium. The doctor will also probably use an electrocardiogram (ECG), which is a machine that monitors heart rhythm and alerts the doctor if the patient is suffering from cardiac distress. This helps reduce the risk that the patient will die from a heart rhythm disorder.
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