Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis: Are You at Risk?
If you use Yaz as your preferred method of birth control, you should be aware that some women have developed a serious complication known as deep vein thrombosis after taking the drug.
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) refers to a type of blood clot that forms in one of the deep veins of the body, typically in the legs. The blood clot can eventually become dislodged and travel through the bloodstream to the lungs. When a blood clot becomes lodged in the lung, this can cause a pulmonary embolism which can result in death if left untreated.
What is the Link Between Yaz and Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Numerous research studies have linked Yaz and similar birth control pills to an increased risk of serious blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis. A research study of 1.6 million Danish women published in October 2011 concluded that women who used Yaz were up to six times more likely to develop a blood clot while using the drug. That same month, the FDA published its own research study which indicated that women who used Yaz versus older types of birth control pills had a 74% higher risk for developing a blood clot.
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Yaz is known as a fourth-generation contraceptive, primarily due to the fact that it contains drospirenone, a synthetic form of progestin. Older types of birth control pills feature a different chemical makeup. It’s believed that the drospirenone may contribute to the elevated blood clot risk by raising potassium levels in the blood, although this has not yet been definitively established.
How Can I Tell if Yaz is Causing Complications?
Yaz users need to be aware of what signs or symptoms may indicate the development of a deep vein thrombosis. These include:
- Swelling in the leg or a long vein of the leg
- Pain or tenderness in the leg
- Warmth surrounding the swollen area
- Red or discolored skin
According to the National Institutes of Health, only half of people who develop a deep vein thrombosis will ever experience any symptoms. They may not realize there’s a problem until a pulmonary embolism actually occurs. Symptoms of a pulmonary embolism include:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain when breathing deeply
- Coughing up blood
- Rapid breathing
- Increased heart rate
If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms while using Yaz, it’s vital that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Without treatment, a pulmonary embolism could result in death.
Numerous women have already filed lawsuits against Bayer, the maker of Yaz, alleging that the drug caused deep vein thrombosis and other serious complications. If you believe that you suffered a serious blood clot caused by Yaz, you may be eligible to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important that you contact an experienced lawyer today to discuss your legal rights.
Nadrich & Cohen, LLP is currently investigating Yaz side effects claims in all 50 states. For more information on filing a birth control lawsuit, call 1-800-718-4658 to begin your free initial case evaluation. There is never a fee unless a judgment is recovered on your behalf.