Yaz is a birth control pill that has been available since 2006. Taken orally once a day, it differse from other birth control pills and birth control methods, as it has a progestin hormone ingredient called drospirenone -- which can cause increased potassiuim levles in the bloodstream. Yasmin is similar to Yaz; it has been available as an alternative form of birth control since 2001 and has the same progestin hormone as Yaz -- with the same side effects and health issues.
Yaz can also increase the risk of devleoping blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) or lungs (pulmonary embolus). Clots in the lungs are partucularly dangerous, because they can be instantly fatal and strike with no warning.
Both Yaz and Yasmin were the focus of a recent report from the British Medical Journal, detailign a study which revealed that blood clots were as frequent with them as with third generation birth control pills -- methods of contraception which had always carried a warning to consumers about blood clotting. Yaz and Yasmin didn't have any similar warnings up until 2012.
The FDA conducted another study between 2001 and 2007, which included more than 800,000 American women who took differing types of birth control during the study period. The results concluded that subjects using Yaz were 75% more likely to experience a blood clot than the women taking the older forms of birth control pills and contraception.
If you or someone you know took Yaz and suffered blood clots in either the lungs or legs, or died from pulmonary embolus, required medical treatment, or was hospitalized, please call us at Kathy Brown Law for a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to compensation, and we may be able to help.
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