Yaz & Yasmin Injury Lawyers
Yaz and Yasmin (also sold as Yasminelle, Beyaz, Ocella, Zarah, and Angeliq) are two popular forms of birth control that are sold in the United States. The contraceptive pills are made by The Bayer Group, a company that manufacturers a number of over the counter and prescription drugs. The pills also claim to help women with PMS and acne problems. However, due to an increased risk of blood clotting and other unintended side effects, it can be a dangerous drug to take.
How Does Yaz/Yasmin Work?
Yaz and Yasmin both carry the same active ingredient: drospirenone, also known as dihydrospirorenone. It is a synthetic hormone that works by stopping ovulation and the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries. The pills also alter the cervical mucus, making it more difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and make its lining less receptive to an embryo.
However, the drospirenone in Yaz and Yasmin also works as a diuretic, or substance that promotes the production of urine. This process can lower blood pressure, deplete the body of vitamins and minerals, and cause a number of other problems. The drug also alters the level of potassium in the blood, which can lead to more serious issues in women.
What Are The Problems With Yaz/Yasmin?
The accepted side effects of Yaz and Yasmin include allergic reactions, upper respiratory infections, yeast infections, irregular non-menstrual bleeding, stomach cramps, hair loss, and weight gain.
In extreme cases, Yaz and Yasmin have also been shown to cause:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the legs, arms, or pelvis)
- Gallbladder disease
- High blood pressure
- Kidney disorders
- Liver disruption
- Liver tumors
- Pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung)
- Reoccurring migraine headaches
- Uterine bleeding
Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control Lawsuit
Given the dangerous side effects of the drug, multiple Yaz and Yasmin birth control lawsuits have been filed, many of which have been resolved or considered for settlement.
After a news program ran a show on the issues surrounding Yaz and Yasmin, the Bayer Group revealed to its stockholders that there were over 12,000 birth control lawsuits filed against the company involving Yaz, Yasmin, and other drugs containing drospirenone as of 2012. At that time, the company had settled nearly 2,000 cases for a total of $402.6 million, or an average of $212,000 per case. It then set aside another $610.5 million to settle the other 10,000.
However, a recent report has shown that as many as 3,900 birth control lawsuits against Bayer are still pending as of July 2014. Most of these cases involve deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism, as well as gallbladder issues.
How Can I File A Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control Lawsuit?
If you or someone you know has suffered a serious side effect after taking Yaz, Yasmin, or any pill containing drospirenone, contact a Yaz attorney at The Potts Law Firm immediately to discuss your options and legal rights at no charge.