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YAZ is the Bayer Health Care brand name for the combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol.
Each monthly prescription contains 24 active pills and 4 inactive pills. It was heralded as a revolutionary birth control pill and was widely prescribed for regulating menstrual periods, minimizing premenstrual syndrome (PMS), treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), preventing pregnancy, decreasing irritability and moodiness, treating headaches and fatigue, and curing mild to moderate acne. Very little information was available to the public regarding serious side effects until recently and YAZ quickly became the most prescribed oral contraceptive in the United States. Current FDA approved uses of YAZ are: birth control, treatment of PMDD, and acne prevention in women who wish to use oral contraceptives.
The actual mechanism by which acne is decreased is not fully established. It may be related to the reduction of hormonal fluctuations throughout the month.
YAZ suppresses gonadotropins, hormones secreted by the pituitary gland, which in turn inhibits ovulation (release of an egg for fertilization), alters cervical mucus to hinder sperm entry to the uterus, and changes the endometrium (lining of the uterine wall) to decrease chances of egg implantation in the uterus.Do You Have A YAZ Birth Control Case? »
Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) is characterized by anger, irritability, depression, anxiety, bloating, headaches, muscle aches, and appetite changes. YAZ is the only birth control pill approved to treat PMDD. YAZ counteracts the estrogen-induced sodium and water retention, thus decreasing bloating and breast tenderness. It has also been found that during the week before menses, estrogen affects serotonin levels which in turn influence mood. YAZ helps to regulate these serotonin levels and improves mood.
Ethinyl estradiol is a form of synthetic estrogen used in most oral contraceptives. The major risks, however, appear to be related to drospirenone. Drospirenone is a synthetic progestin that is also used in medications for control of menopausal symptoms. Drospirenone appears to elevate levels of potassium in the body (hyperkalemia) due to an imbalance between salt and water levels.
Drospirenone is unique to YAZ and its predecessor, Yasmin (generic Ocella) and is the component that causes the most risk. 3mg of Drospirenone, as contained in each prescribed dose of YAZ, may cause abnormally high levels of potassium in the blood.
The serious and potentially life-threatening side effects of elevated potassium include: heart attack, stroke, blood clots, gallbladder issues, kidney damage, abnormal heart rhythms, and sudden death.
If you have suffered serious side-effects from taking YAZ, call a lawyer today. If you would like a free Yaz/Yasmin lawsuit consultation from one of our Yaz defect lawyers, please fill out the form on this page or call us toll free at 866-761-1385.