Yasmin and Yaz and Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of taking Yasmin or Yaz, such as gallbladder problems, blood clot or other conditions, you really should get a case evaluation and talk to a personal injury attorney and let him or her evaluate your case. It may be that you are entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. With most personal injury attorneys, there is no cost or obligation to find out what your options are.
Yasmin and Yaz injuries and lawsuits are currently occurring in the United States. In fact, by March 2012, somewhere around 12,000 lawsuits had been filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., who is the manufacturer of both drugs.
What are Yasmin and Yaz?
Yasmin is a low dose, monophasic oral contraceptive that contains the unique progestin, drospirenone. A progestin is a synthetic hormone that helps regulate the menstrual cycles of a woman. Yasmin was approved by the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) in May 2001.
In layman's language, Yasmin is a birth control pill. It works to prevent pregnancy by preventing a woman's egg from fully developing each month. A woman's egg can no longer accept a sperm, and fertilization is stopped.
Yaz is similar to Yasmin. However, Yaz is different from Yasmin in that it provides 3 more days of low dose birth control hormones. With Yasmin you get 21 pills and 7 dummy pills. With Yaz you receive 24 pink hormone pills and 4 white hormone free pills.
In December 2011, a joint meeting of the FDA committees voted to leave Yasmin and Yaz on the market for consumers. However, the FDA did say that labeling on Yasmin and Yaz was not adequate and should be updated to include information from several studies that were suggesting a higher risk for Yaz blood clots.
The Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits have alleged that these fourth generation birth control pills have caused gallbladder problems. The Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits claim that Bayer failed to adequately warn both patients and physicians of the increased risk for serious side effects that have been associated with taking Yasmin and Yaz when compared with other oral contraceptives that are safer.
Signs and symptoms of problems possibly caused by Yaz or Yasmin
There are some signs and symptoms that may be an indication of gallbladder problems. Some of these include:
- Abdominal bloating
- Discomfort or pain in the upper right side of the abdomen
- Jaundice (yellowish coloring of the skin and whites of the eyes)
These signs and symptoms may mean the need for gall bladder surgery or removal.
In addition to gallbladder problems, the use of Yasmin and Yaz has also been linked to some other serious side effects. These include:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Myocardial Infarction
- Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA)
- Heart Attack
There are also some specific signs and symptoms that may be an indication of deep vein thrombosis blood clot. Some of these are:
- Eye difficulties, such as double or blurred vision or total loss of vision
- Crushing or sharp chest pain
- Sudden severe headaches
- Pain in the back of the lower leg
- Coughing blood
- Unusual pain or swelling in the arms or legs