No Easy Answer: Which is Safer, Yaz or Yasmin?
When choosing a method of birth control, many women wonder which is safer, Yaz or Yasmin? While the answer may not be black and white, the two drugs have been the focus of product liability lawsuits across the country. If you or someone you know has experienced complications after taking Yaz or Yasmin, file a free case review and determine your best legal options.
What Are Yaz and Yasmin?
Yaz and Yasmin are oral contraceptives manufactured by Bayer. The drugs use a combination of hormones to inhibit ovulation and prevent pregnancy, but have come under fire after tens of thousands of women have complained of suffering from serious complications, most of which are related to blood clots, after taking the pill. The pharmaceutical manufacturer even paid out $57 million to settle a large number of lawsuits claiming personal injury due to taking both Yaz and Yasmin.
What’s the Difference Between Yaz and Yasmin?
While both oral contraceptives are more similar than they are dissimilar, there are a few differences to take into account when considering the safety of each. Both Yaz and Yasmin contain two hormones: ethynyl estradiol and drospirenone, an estrogen and progestin, respectively. Yaz dosages are generally higher than those found in Yasmin, as pills containing hormones are taken 24 days a month with Yaz, and for only 21 days with Yasmin. Women who were prescribed Yaz take a placebo pill four days in a month, while Yasmin users will take seven placebo pills in a month. While both are effective forms of birth control, Yaz has also been approved to help treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne, while Yasmin has only been approved to prevent pregnancy.
Which is Safer, Yaz or Yasmin?
While both pills have been known to cause similar, serious side effects and complications, the greater dosage of hormones found in Yaz might possibly contribute to a higher frequency of side effects and or complications. It is important to understand that since every person responds to every drug differently, it is nearly impossible to determine levels of a particular drug’s safety for any individual in comparison to a different, or in this case, very similar drug.
Taking Legal Action
Anyone who has taken Yaz or Yasmin and suffered severe complications including, but not limited to, blood clots, deep-vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, or heart attack may be entitled to financial compensation. File a free case review to have the details of your case examined by an experienced product liability attorney who will help you determine your best course of legal action.