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Sold by Bayer Healthcare, Yaz is a newer type of oral contraceptive. Yaz and Yasmin contain a different type of hormone known as drospirenone (drsp). While the manufacturers claim that Yaz is just as safe as other types of oral contraceptives, researchers have found that drsp can increase a user’s potassium levels, which can lead to serious health conditions in those with kidney, liver or adrenal disease. In addition, Yaz has been reportedly linked to a number of other serious side effects, including:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
- Gallbladder disease
Unfortunately, many Yaz users who suffered the above side effects were taking the pill under false pretenses. Two Yaz television ads may have deceived many women about the uses of the popular birth control pill. Yaz is only FDA-approved for preventing unwanted pregnancy, treating moderate acne and controlling the symptoms of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, a condition that causes severe physical and emotional problems around a women’s period. However, the Yaz ads may have lead many women to believe the pill relieved common symptoms of PMS and treated all types of acne.
In addition to broadening Yaz’s approved uses, the FDA has also accused Bayer of minimizing the pill’s serious side effects. The FDA informed Bayer that the fast-moving images and background music in the television ads distracted viewers from listening to the reading of serious Yaz side effects, including blood clots, heart attack and stroke.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious side affect after taking Yaz, Yasmin or the generic Ocella, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our Yaz birth control lawyers today by filling out our free case evaluation form.