Beyaz blood clots usually form during a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), in which blood clots develop in the lower legs, thighs, or pelvis. If a Beyaz DVT blood clot breaks loose, it could cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism or death.
Beyaz is a birth control pill. It is essentially the same as Yaz birth control, but Beyaz also contains an added folate vitamin. Beyaz is manufactured by the drug company Bayer, and it was approved by the FDA in September 2010.
Why does Beyaz contain folate? Though rare, sometimes women who are taking birth control pills accidentally get pregnant. It is more common when women do not take the medication correctly, but it can even happen in women who take Beyaz exactly as directed. Experts know that most neural tube birth defects (spina bifida, anencephaly, and more) are caused by low levels of folate in a mother’s body. Therefore, the FDA now recommends that women who are old enough to have a child should take a folate dietary supplement containing at least 0.4-mg every day. Because Beyaz is supposed to be taken every day, it makes sense to combine folate and Beyaz to reduce the risk of neural tube birth defects.
Beyaz and Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
Beyaz contains 3-mg of drospirenone. Drospirenone is a new type of synthetic progestin, a type of female reproductive hormone. Most oral birth control pills contain a combination of synthetic estrogen and progestin. There are many different kinds of synthetic progestin, and they all increase a woman’s risk of developing DVT or a blood clot. The risk with drospirenone, however, is likely around three times higher than for other progestins. In fact, the FDA has recently decided to update the warning information on Beyaz to inform women of this risk.
Blood clots usually form in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These clots form in veins deep inside the lower legs, thighs, pelvis, upper arms, or other parts of the body. They are most common in the lower legs. Once a Beyaz DVT blood clot begins to grow, there is a high risk that part of it will become an embolism. An embolism can travel to the lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism, in which lung tissue begins to die. If untreated, a pulmonary embolism will cause severe organ damage or death.
Symptoms of a Beyaz DVT Blood Clot
Not all cases of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) show symptoms. In fact, many DVT blood clots are relatively benign in their early stages. Mild pain and swelling in the legs may not seem like an emergency situation.
- Discoloration of the affected part of the body (such as one leg)
- Pain in the affected extremity
- Swelling in the limb
- Warmth in the area of the blood clot
- Superficial veins may look engorged
- Weakness, tingling, or abnormal sensation in the affected limb
Treatment for a Beyaz DVT Blood Clot
Once a blood clot is diagnosed, doctors will do their best to prevent the blood clot from becoming an embolism. This usually involves administering a blood-thinning drug such as heparin or warfarin, which prevent more blood platelets from attaching to the existing blood clot. This prevents the clot from getting any bigger and reduces the chances that it will become an embolism.
In the most severe cases, these medications may be ineffective, especially if the clot is already very large. When Beyaz DVT blood clots are life-threatening, doctors may be forced to use an intravenous clot-busting drug to dissolve the blood clot. Although clot-busting medications are very effective at treating DVT, one side effect can be serious internal bleeding.