Yaz/Yasmin

Yasmin and its newer version, Yaz, are birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Healthcare. Their generic counterpart, Ocella, is produced by Barr Laboratories.

These once-a-day oral contraceptives contain drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol and were heavily marketed without adequate warnings about the serious and potentially life-threatening side effects. Users with pre-existing kidney or liver disease could be particularly susceptible to these safety concerns, yet the manufacturers of these drugs failed to provide adequate information and warnings to consumers and healthcare providers.

Although Yaz and Yasmin contain components used in birth control pills for years, the component drospirenone is exclusive to these drugs. Drospirenone has been linked to dehydration which can then lead to an increase in potassium. This potassium increase is known as hyperkalemia. Because of the direct connection between potassium levels and heart rhythm, any disturbance in potassium levels can be serious and dangerous.

Some side effects associated with the use of Yasmin, Yaz and Ocella include:

  • Blood clots and blood clot-related injuries
  • Strokes
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Heart attacks
  • Gallbladder injuries; gallbladder removal
  • Kidney stones
  • Kidney failure
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Death

If you or someone you know suffered from blood clots, stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease or death while using Yasmin, Yaz or Ocella, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free at 1-888-4GARYGREEN or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com to discuss your legal options without obligation.

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