Beyaz side effects include the risk of acute pancreatitis. In some women, the hormones in Beyaz may cause the pancreas to become inflamed. Without emergency treatment to control the inflammation, the pancreas may become so severely damaged that it spills digestive enzymes into the abdomen. Beyaz pancreatitis can cause multiple organ system failure, lifelong disabilities, and death.
Beyaz is an oral contraceptive. Each “active” Beyaz tablet contains the same amount of synthetic hormones as Yaz birth control. The major difference between Beyaz and Yaz is that Beyaz contains an additional 0.451-mg of levomefolate calcium, a folate B-vitamin that helps protect against birth defects.
It is unusual, but sometimes women taking birth control accidentally get pregnant. The risk is actually higher than most people would expect. This is because Beyaz must be taken once a day, every day, at the same time every day. Very few women are actually consistent at taking Beyaz exactly as directed, and for them, 9 per 100 will get pregnant. The folate in Beyaz reduces the baby’s risk of being born with spina bifida, anencephaly, iniencephaly, or another severe neural tube defect.
Experts believe that Beyaz pancreatitis may be caused by the effect of hormones on the way the body metabolizes lipids. It is also possible that Beyaz increases the amount of triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream.
High levels of hormones are associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis, which is why women are more likely than men to have pancreatitis. Hormonal birth control pills (such as Beyaz), hormone replacement therapy, and pregnancy can all cause excessively high levels of hormones (particularly estrogen), which is a prominent risk factor for pancreatitis.
What is Acute Pancreatitis?
Acute pancreatitis is a life-threatening disorder of the pancreas, an abdominal organ that is essential during the digestive process. The pancreas secretes powerful digestive enzymes into the intestines, where they are crucial for breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. The pancreas also plays a vital role in regulating a person’s metabolism. After a meal is eaten, the pancreas produces metabolic hormones such as insulin and glucagon. These hormones tell cells to start absorbing energy from glucose dissolved in the bloodstream.
Acute pancreatitis occurs when something activates digestive enzymes while they are still inside the pancreas. These enzymes start attacking the tissues in the pancreas, resulting in an inflammation that can quickly spiral out of control.
If the inflammation is not halted, acute pancreatitis can progress to hemorrhagic pancreatitis, in which parts of the pancreas start to bleed. The bleeding can cause sections of the pancreas to become damaged or destroyed, which increases the risk that the pancreas will rupture and spill digestive enzymes into the abdomen.
Most of the severe complications of pancreatitis occur when enzymes spill into the abdomen. The enzymes damage or destroy everything they touch. If an infection begins, it quickly spreads to the damaged tissue and other organs. This can cause multiple organ system failure or death.
Signs & Symptoms of Beyaz Pancreatitis
All woman who take Beyaz have a risk of developing pancreatitis, even those without a medical history of the disease.
Symptoms of Beyaz pancreatitis include:
- Severe abdominal pain that grows progressively worse
- Pain may radiate to the back, shoulder, or other part of the abdomen
- Nausea, vomiting
- Oily, smelly stools
- Ill appearance
Treatment & Prognosis of Beyaz Pancreatitis
Hospitalization and surgery are often necessary treatments. It is also usually necessary for the patient to be given intravenous nutrition, because they will not be able to eat until the pancreatitis is cured. Powerful pain medication may be administered to treat severe abdominal pain.
The long-term prognosis depends on whether Beyaz pancreatitis causes infection. It is not unusual for the patient to need intensive care to support kidney, heart, and lung function. If pancreatic tissue is damaged, many people need to have an emergency surgery to remove the damaged tissue.