The side effects of Ocella include life-threatening blood clots, which can cause pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack, and death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that Ocella and other birth control pills containing drospirenone increase the risk of a blood clot by 75%.
Ocella (ethinyl estradiol / drospirenone) is a generic birth control pill that was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008 for the prevention of pregnancy. It is the generic version of Yasmin, which was developed by Berlex Laboratories, a company that Bayer acquired in 2006.
Ocella is a once-daily oral birth control pill. There are 21 active tablets, and 7 inert tablets. The inactive tablets help a woman stay in the habit of taking Ocella at the same time every day. Each active tablet contains the following amount of hormones:
- 3-mg drospirenone, a new “fourth generation” version of synthetic progestin.
- 0.03-mg ethinyl estradiol, synthetic ethinyl estradiol
Ocella and Yasmin contain drospirenone, which is now a source of controversy. Some women who take birth control containing drospirenone suffer elevated potassium levels, which increases their risk of developing blood clots. The FDA now warns that Ocella may increase the risk of blood clots by 75%.
Ocella and Generic Lawsuits
If you contacted another law firm regarding an Ocella lawsuit, you may have been told that you do not qualify for compensation for your Ocella injury. This is because the Supreme Court recently ruled that generic drug manufacturers cannot be sued for failing to warn consumers of any side effects — even life-threatening side effects, such as blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and death.
However, if you suffered an Ocella side effect, you may actually have a legal claim and be entitled to financial compensation for your injury. This is because Bayer, the company that created Yaz and Yasmin, has been supplying generic drug companies with products since 2008. In fact, Bayer now faces more than 11,000 lawsuits brought by people who have also suffered severe Ocella side effects.
Ocella Side Effects
The drospirenone in Ocella can cause a woman to have elevated potassium levels in the bloodstream, which increases the risk of blood clots. They typically form in the large, deep veins inside the legs, pelvis, or arms, in a condition called Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Blood clots that form in these veins can easily be pumped through the heart and into the lungs. The blood vessels in the lungs get very small, and blood clots can become trapped in these vessels and block the supply of blood. This can cause severe, irreparable lung tissue damage. Blood clots can also become trapped in vessels supplying blood to the heart or brain, leading to heart attacks and stroke.
Another potential Ocella side effect is a condition called hyperkalemia, in which potassium levels reach toxic levels. Hyperkalemia is difficult to diagnose, because the initial symptoms are mild: muscle weakness, heart palpitations, fatigue, and nausea. However, hyperkalemia can cause sudden death by severe irregular heartbeat. Around 65% of cases of undiagnosed hyperkalemia are fatal.
There are now at least 11,300 lawsuits for Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and Gianvi pending against Bayer. If you have been injured by Ocella, you may still have time to file a lawsuit for financial compensation.
Potential Ocella side effects include:
- Blood clots
- Heart attacks (myocardial infarction)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Gallbladder disease