Yaz is an oral contraceptive pill that is commonly prescribed to women in the United States. The FDA has approved Yaz as a drug that is primarily intended to prevent pregnancy but that may also be prescribed to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and moderate acne in women who want to take birth control pills. All women who are taking, or contemplating taking, Yaz should be aware of the drugís potential serious side effects.
What are the Most Common Serious Side Effects of Yaz?
Sometimes the serious side effects of Yaz use happen without warning to people with no obvious risk factors. Other times, serious side effects may occur because of a womanís other health conditions or prescription drug use. Accordingly, all Yaz users should be aware of the following potential serious side effects:
- Blood Clots: most commonly found in the leg or lungs. Blood clots can be life threatening;
- Liver Tumors: if a liver tumor develops it can rupture and cause significant bleeding. There is also a possible connection between Yaz and liver cancer;
- Gallbladder disease: the hormones contained in birth control pills can lead to painful gallbladder disease;
- High Blood Pressure: high blood pressure can cause damage to your arteries, your heart or your brain. It can result in serious and acute problems that can be fatal;
- Heart Attack: a heart attack can occur if there is a blockage to the blood vessels in the heart. Heart attacks can be fatal;
- Stroke: a stroke is a blockage or rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. It can result in permanent disability or death;
- Elevated Blood Potassium, also known as hyperkalemia: Hyperkalemia is a serious condition that can result in abnormal heart rhythms. It is a medical emergency that requires prompt treatment;
- Depression or other Mental Health Issues: Yaz users may suffer from depression and even thoughts of suicide. These symptoms must be taken seriously and brought to the attention of the patientís physician; and
- Breast Lumps: breast cancers may be hormone sensitive and Yaz use may increase the likelihood of breast cancer.
What Increases the Risk of Yaz Side Effects?
While anyone can suffer from the serious side effects described above, women who smoke, suffer from migraines, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes, or have a history of heart attacks, clotting disorders, cancer or liver tumors may have an increased risk of experiencing the serious side effects of Yaz.
What Should I Do If Iíve Experienced One of These Yaz Side Effects?
It is important to contact an experienced defective drug attorney if you have experienced a serious side effect. Your attorney will review the facts of your case, advise you about the potential damages and take the legal steps necessary to protect your rights. Your attorney will help you determine if Bayer, or your doctor, is responsible for your injuries. So, if you or a loved one has been hurt by Yaz, do not hesitate to contact an attorney today.