Be Careful to read the Warnings of Yaz

Blood clots, stroke and other dangerous side effects associated with the use of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills are driving more than 10,000 U.S. patients to file lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

The lawsuits stem from the serious number of heart and blood disorders experienced by Yaz users. Plaintiffs – former users of Yaz and Yasmin and their families – are bolstered in part with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rulings that Bayer trumped up some of the drugs’ uses in marketing and advertising campaigns and downplayed their side effects. The number of lawsuits grew to the point that multi-district legislation (MDL) is now in place to handle all of the related claims.

About the Drug and its uses

The birth control pill market today is very keen in selling various different contraceptives. Yaz is one of the contraceptives that are preferred by the women these days. Yaz is known to be consisting of two hormones known as drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. Most of the birth control pills are found to have many side effects.

Yaz is prescribed to prevent pregnancy in about 99 percent of women. It is used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder and is not approved to manage premenstrual syndrome. Serious set of symptoms occur prior to the menstruation period. The Acne is treated in women in 14 years of age.

Common side effects of YAZ occurring in more than one percent of women are

Reduced sexual desire
Appetite increase
Bleeding or spotting
Vaginal yeast infection
Vaginal discharge
Weight gain

Serious side effects of YAZ are

High potassium levels in blood
The symptoms of blood clot in the leg are calf pain, leg cramps, foot swelling
Symptoms of lung blood clot are shortness of breath, sharp chest pain and bloody cough
Symptoms of heart attack and chest pain
Loss of vision that can be symptom of blood clot in the eye
Symptom of stroke like speech changes, weakness, numbness, and severe headache
Symptoms of liver damage like yellowing of eyes and skin, pain in the  upper right abdomen and dark urine
Breast lumps
Abnormal vaginal bleeding
High cholesterol
Symptoms of allergic reaction are rashes, hives, itching, wheezing, swelling, and difficulty in swallowing and breathing
Blockage of blood vessels in retina of the eye
Cervical dysplasia
Erythema multiforme

Precautions to be taken to avoid side effects

The person who is already suffering from stroke, blood clots and heart attack is further made to suffer due to YAZ. During the first year of its usage the risk of blood clots formation exists.  The risk of blood clots will increase after some time after four weeks or more. If the person is also under medication that increases potassium along with this drug, it is better to use this medication after consulting the doctor. The blood test that checks the potassium levels is done during the first month of YAZ administration. The health care professional has to be consulted, if the person has these problems while taking Yaz.

Sudden blindness
Persistent leg pain
Sudden shortness of breath
Serious pain in chest
Serious headache
Weakness in arm
Yellowing of skin

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