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YAZ is an oral contraceptive manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.

Its controversial advertising has implied that YAZ is clinically superior and far safer than other oral contraceptives due to the unique progestin, drospirenone, used in its formulation. In actuality, drospirenone has very serious side effects that have been minimized by Bayer.

The official website for YAZ,, lists the most frequent side effects as: upper respiratory infection, headache, breast pain, vaginal moniliasis (yeast infection), nausea, abdominal pain, dysmenorrheal (painful periods), urinary tract infection, accidental injury, sinusitis, emotional lability, suspicious Pap smear, weight gain, depression, menstrual disorder and asthenia (muscular weakness).

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It is interesting to note that some of these side effects are referred to in strictly clinical terms (parenthetic explanations are provided here, but not on the site) and some are purposely vague (accidental injury). One must wonder about the accuracy of the information as well as the candor with which it is offered.

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Some side effects were identified by the type of clinical trial. In contraception trial participants, the most frequent side effects were: leucorrhea (unusual vaginal discharge), diarrhea, vomiting, vaginitis (inflammation or infection of the vagina), flu syndrome, moniliasis (yeast infection), allergic reaction, cystitis (bladder inflammation), tooth disorder, sore throat, infection, fever, surgery, back pain, migraine, dyspepsia, rhinitis, acne, gastroenteritis, bronchitis, pharyngitis, skin disorder, intermenstrual bleeding, decreased libido, pain, increased cough, dizziness, pain in extremity, and pelvic pain. Again, some of these descriptions are in medical terms (leucorrhea) and some are incredibly vague (tooth disorder).

In PMDD and acne trials, the side effects continue to be listed in this odd manner. PMDD side effects: intermenstrual bleeding, decreased libido, nervousness, menorrhagia (heavy, prolonged periods), pain in extremity, migraine, vaginitis, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol and triglycerides), back pain, diarrhea, increased appetite, enlarged abdomen, and acne. Acne side effects: metrorrhagia (vaginal bleeding between periods), flu syndrome, menorrhagia, gastroenteritis, tooth disorder, infection, vomiting, pharyngitis, sore throat, arthralgia, bronchitis, rhinitis, amenorrhea, and urine abnormality.

The most serious side effect of YAZ is elevated potassium levels in the blood, or hyperkalemia. Those with kidney, liver, or adrenal conditions should not take YAZ. Some medications also increase potassium and, if used with YAZ, could have life-threatening side effects. These medications are: NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) that are taken daily, potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplements, ACE inhibitors and angiotensin-II receptor antagonists taken for blood pressure control and heparin blood thinners. Anyone taking these drugs in conjunction with YAZ should have blood levels checked for potassium in the first month of use as the combination could raise potassium to dangerous levels. Hyperkalemia may occur without symptoms; the effects can be very severe. The most serious effects, cardiac arrest and abnormal heart rhythms, can be deadly.

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Patients who have taken YAZ should be educated and aware of the risks. If you have suffered from serious side effects related to the use of YAZ, seek legal advice as soon as possible.

If you would like a free Yaz/Yasmin lawsuit consultation from one of our lawyers, please fill out the form on this page or call us toll free at 866-761-1385.

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