Yasmin birth control pills may increase your risk of a blood clot by 75%, compared to older types of hormonal contraceptives. A blood clot is one of the most serious side effects of Yasmin.
FDA Updates Yasmin Safety Warnings
The FDA has recently announced that it will be updating the drug safety information for all birth control pills containing drospirenone.
In a statement, they said: “The FDA has concluded that drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.” The FDA will be updating the drug safety information to warn about the increased risk of blood clots associated with drospirenone.
Yasmin is the first birth control pill approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that contained drospirenone, a new type of synthetic hormone. Yasmin was developed by the drug company Bayer, and it was approved by the FDA in 2001. Since then, millions of women have used Yasmin to prevent pregnancy. Yasmin is intended to be taken once-a-day, and each “active” pill contains the following combination of synthetic hormones:
- 3-mg drospirenone. This ingredient is a new, “fourth generation” version of the synthetic female sex hormone progestin. It prevents pregnancy by inhibiting ovulation, which is when the ovaries release an egg into the uterus. Drospirenone is a source of controversy, because multiple studies have found that drospirenone increases a woman’s risk of a blood clot, but is no more effective at preventing pregnancy than older types of progestin
- 0.03-mg ethinyl estradiol. This ingredient is synthetic estrogen, and has a good safety profile. It has been used in medicine for decades.
Yasmin and the FDA
The FDA has recently warned about the risk of Yasmin blood clots. On December 9, 2011, an FDA advisory panel voted overwhelmingly in favor of updating the safety and warning information for Yasmin and all other birth control pills that contained drospirenone. The FDA panel decided to explicitly warn about the risk of blood clots, and also warn that blood clots can be fatal.
An FDA-funded study involving more than 800,000 women taking birth control pills found that women taking drospirenone were nearly 75% more likely to have a blood clot. In real numbers, this means that approximately 10 out of 10,000 women taking drospirenone have a blood clot, compared with 4-6 women per 10,000 taking older types of synthetic progestin.
The FDA has already warned Bayer about failing to warn women about the risk of side effects. Bayer has received three warning letters from the FDA regarding ads for Yaz and Yasmin, because the FDA found the ads “misleading,” because they “failed to communicate any risk information.” If you suffered from a Yasmin blood clot, you may wish to join thousands of women who have filed a Yasmin lawsuit because Bayer failed to warn them about the risk of Yasmin side effects.
Yasmin and Blood Clots
Yasmin blood clots typically form in a condition called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In DVT, blood clots form in the veins, which are blood vessels that bring used, oxygen-depleted blood to the heart (usually veins in the legs, thighs, pelvis, or arms). Blood clots may also form in the arteries, which are blood vessels that bring oxygen-rich blood from the lungs into the body. When a blood clot (or “thrombus”) forms in the veins, it is pumped into the heart, which then pumps it into the lungs. One of the most common Yasmin blood clot side effects is called a pulmonary embolism, in which a blood clot becomes trapped in the lungs, causing lung tissue to die.
Yasmin blood clots can also form in other parts of the body. If they form in arteries, the heart may pump them to another major internal organ, such as the brain. Blood clots can cause ischemic stroke, which can quickly cause brain damage, permanent disability, or death. Blood clots can also be pumped to the heart, causing a heart attack, or another major internal organ.
Symptoms of a Blood Clot
Any time a blood clot is suspected, this is a 911 emergency. Blood clots are deceptive and dangerous, because they do not always show symptoms. The most common Yasmin blood clots form deep inside the body, and only about half of cases show early symptoms.
Symptoms of a blood clot may include, but are not limited to:
- Swelling in the affected area
- Change in skin color, whiteness or redness
- Loss of sensation
- Paralysis of one part of the body, loss of function
Yasmin Side Effects
Did you have a Yasmin blood clot? If you were injured by Yasmin, you are probably considering filing a Yasmin lawsuit. Thousands of women or their family members have filed lawsuits against Bayer regarding Yasmin blood clots and other serious side effects. Litigation is moving forward. If you were injured by Yasmin, contact us immediately for more information about your legal rights.
Serious side effects of Yasmin include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Gallbladder disease
- Hyperkalemia (toxic high levels of potassium)
- Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
- Psychological trauma
- Organ damage, organ failure