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Yaz and Yasmin Side Effects: Blood Clots

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Yaz Lawsuits | 0 comments

Birth control pills have long been known to have side effects but they are mostly benign. These include weight gain, breast soreness, some spotting, moodiness and lighter periods. Most birth control pills have small amounts of estrogen and progestin which inhibit ovulation. New-generation formulations such as Yaz and Yasmin contain a synthetic progesterone called drospirenone, and when Yasmin was first introduced in 2001 followed by Yaz in 2006, it was very popular. That is, until disturbing reports of unusually high incidence of blood clot formation was observed and reported for those using Yaz and Yasmin.

Blood clots are not necessarily bad. If the body lost the ability to clot, it can lead to death. However, when blood clots abnormally, it can also kill.

Under normal circumstances, when bleeding occurs for whatever reason, it comes into contact with thrombogenic substances which are normally separated from the blood. This signals the platelets to trigger the clotting mechanism to stop the bleeding. A chemical chain reaction in the blood’s dissolved protein makes the initial clot stronger and then another chemical reaction stops the clot from growing beyond a functional size. After the rift has healed, plasmin dissolves the clot and the body reabsorbs it.

However, a blood clot can be dangerous when it forms suddenly and lodges in a major blood vessel, keeping the blood from flowing. This is what happens in a stroke or heart attack. In the case of Yaz and Yasmin, the likelihood of abnormal blood clot formation is significantly increased. A user can form several blood clots at any time. In several cases, a blood clot formed in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and travelled to a main artery in the lungs, triggering a pulmonary embolism which led to serious injury and sudden death. In one case, the 24-year-old patient had been on Yasmin for three weeks when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. She went into a coma, revived after two weeks, but she was left blind. While not all women who use Yaz and Yasmin suffer similar side effects, the number of those who do is high enough to cause alarm.

If you are on Yaz or Yasmin, consult your doctor about any risk factors that may contraindicate your continued usage, such as circulation problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease. Many women are filing defective pharmaceutical lawsuits in light of the dangerous, undisclosed side effects they have experienced.

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