Yaz and Yasmin

Yaz and Yasmin (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) are fourth generation birth control pills. Like many newer birth control medications, they carry a high risk of causing blood clots leading to stroke, heart attack, and death even in teenagers and young women who are not otherwise at risk for cardiovascular problems.

Yaz and Yasmin Uses, Including Off-Label Uses

Although primarily thought of as contraceptives, Yaz and Yasmin are prescribed for many conditions which are affected by estrogen and progesterone. Yaz and Yasmin are sometimes prescribed to girls in their very early teens to treat the unwanted effects of puberty. Uses of these dangerous drugs include:

  • Birth control
  • Regulate menstrual cycle
  • Treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Reduce symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
  • Reduce acne in teenage girls

Some of these are off-label uses. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves medications for specific uses. “Off-label” is a use that has not been approved. Although doctors can legally prescribe off-label, when they believe it will benefit their patients, drug makers are not allowed to market and advertise their products for off-label uses.

Bayer, maker of Yaz and Yasmin, has been called on the carpet by the FDA for direct-to-consumer marketing that was misleading and downplayed the dangers of the drugs, as well as off-label marketing.

Yaz and Yasmin Dangers

Yaz and Yasmin use has been linked to:

  • Development of blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Heart attack
  • Elevated potassium levels
  • Gallbladder disease, serious enough to require removal of the gallbladder
  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Death

The Deadly Ingredient

Yaz and Yasmin are combination oral contraceptives, meaning they contain a combination of estrogen and progestin. Combination birth control pills have been around for decades, and they all carry some risk, but Yaz and Yasmin are particularly dangerous due to the type of progestin they contain.

Progestins are not real progesterone. They are synthetic drugs which mimic some of the effects progesterone. The progestin in Yaz and Yasmin is drospirenone. Drospirenone is a fourth generation progestin and has been found to carry a significantly greater risk of causing blood clots than the older, second generation progestin levonorgestrel.

Other contraceptive drugs containing drospirenone include:

  • Beyaz
  • Gianvi
  • Loryna
  • Ocella
  • Safyral
  • Syeda
  • Zarah

Special Risk for Young Women and Girls

Yaz and Yasmin can cause blood clots in women of all ages. However, blood clots, stroke and heart attacks are more likely to bemisdiagnosedor overlooked in girls and young women because they are not typically at risk for these health problems. The result can be delayed treatment and death.

Gallbladder Disease and Removal

Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to gallbladder disease. Gallbladder disease is painful and debilitating and can require the removal of your gallbladder. The gallbladder plays an essential role in digestion. Patients who have their gallbladders removed must eat a special diet for the rest of their lives.

Even after gallbladder removal, many patients live with the symptoms of gallbladder disease including bile dumping, which causes severe diarrhea after meals, and pain.

Yaz and Yasmin injuries can be permanently disabling or fatal. If you have been injured by these dangerous drugs, or lost someone you love to a stroke or cardiac event you believe was caused by one of these products, a local drug injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.