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Yaz Oral Contraceptive

Yaz is an oral contraceptive that claims to be 99.9 percent effective at preventing pregnancy when taken within 4 hours of the same time every day. Yaz is generically known as drospirenone and is produced by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Unlike other oral contraceptives, Yaz has a 24/4 pill cycle, in which the first 24 pills are active with drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol (a bio-active estrogen in most oral contraceptives). The final 4 pills are placebos during which a woman will menstruate.

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Other formulations of drospirenone birth control pills include Yasmin and its generic, Ocella. The only difference between Yaz and Yasmin is the amount of ethinyl estradiol each contains.

In addition to its contraceptive use, Yaz may also be prescribed in the treatment of moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a more severe form of PMS.

Is Yaz Oral Contraceptive Bad for You?

For most women, Yaz is an effective contraceptive that will only cause minor side effects, such as bloating, breast tenderness and changes in menstruation. In rare cases, however, women may develop severe, potentially fatal Yaz side effects. Yaz may be dangerous to take if women have a history of:

  • blood clots
  • heart attack
  • heart disease
  • high cholesterol
  • hypertension
  • low estrogen levels
  • metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by excessive abdominal fat and high blood sugar
  • pulmonary embolism
  • stroke
  • smoking

For these high-risk women, Yaz will likely be unsafe to take. Consequently, they should work with their doctor to find a suitable, safe alternative method of birth control.

Yaz Contraceptive Side Effects

Rare but severe Yaz side effects may include:

  • adrenal insufficiency
  • blood clots and deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • breast, cervical or uterine cancer
  • depression
  • gallbladder disease
  • heart attack
  • kidney problems
  • liver disease or failure
  • stroke

It's crucial that Yaz patients are aware of the symptoms of the above side effects so they know when to seek emergency medical care. In most cases, these side effects can result in death if left untreated.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of taking Yaz and would like to discuss your legal rights and options, contact our qualified Yaz attorneys. Our Yaz lawyers will thoroughly evaluate your case, inform you of your legal rights and advise you on the best manner in which to proceed with your claim. Our legal team is aggressive and will provide you and your family the highest quality representation.

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    August 16, 2012

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  • Bayer’s Yaz Controversy Continues

    August 10, 2010

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