5 Dangerous Yaz Complications
With thousands of women filing lawsuits over dangerous Yaz complications, an increasing number of patients who were prescribed this form of birth control are seeking more information and exploring their legal options. If you or someone you know has taken Yaz and experienced any of the following complications, click here to file a free case review.
What is Yaz?
Yaz is a form of birth control manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Aside from its primary function as birth control, the drug was also approved to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received around 11,000 reports of complications as a result of using Yaz and a similar drug, Yasmin, including more than 200 deaths and 6,000 hospitalizations. Most of these complications are related to an increase in blood clots, which the drug is three times more likely to cause than alternative forms of birth control, according to an FDA safety review.
Death – Blood clots can cause a myriad of health problems, many of which may be fatal, including those listed below. Anything that restricts blood flow to the heart, lungs, or brain is extremely dangerous and should be treated as soon as possible.
Heart Attack– A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted by plaque, cholesterol, or a blood clot. When blood flow to the heart is interrupted, its muscle can be damaged or destroyed, and can be fatal.
Deep-vein Thrombosis– Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the lower parts of the leg. Aside from causing numbness and tingling in the lower leg, DVT blood clots can travel through the body into the heart or lungs, causing severe problems in the heart and/or lungs, including death.
Pulmonary Embolism – A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels into the lungs, usually from a different part of the body, often from deep-vein thrombosis. After the clot arrives in the lungs, it can restrict blood flow and cause chest pain, shortness of breath and bloody, productive cough. If pulmonary embolism is not treated quickly, death may result.
Stroke – A blood clot in an artery to the brain can restrict blood flow and cause a stroke. During a stroke, the brain is deprived of the proper amount of oxygen and nutrients, which results in the killing of brain cells. In some cases, blood clots may even be swept into smaller arteries in the brain from other areas of the body. Strokes are incredibly serious, and if not treated quickly can lead to death.
Take Legal Action
Although these are the most dangerous Yaz complications, other reported problems include high blood pressure, absence of or irregular menstrual periods, head pain, liver cancer and gallbladder disease, among others. If you or someone you know have experienced any of these complications after taking the birth control pill Yaz, you may be entitled to compensation. File a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will analyze the specific details of your personal case and determine your best course of legal action.