Are you a Beyaz user who was diagnosed with idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH)? This rare neurological side effect, which has been linked to hormonal contraceptives, occurs when pressure inside the skull increases suddenly, causing symptoms which may include migraine headaches, vision loss and an eye injury called papilledema.
What is Beyaz?
Beyaz is a widely-prescribed oral contraceptive that is manufactured by Bayer. The drug contains ethinyl estradiol, a synthetic estrogen, and drospirenone, a progestin. It also contains a B vitamin called levomefolate calcium. Beyaz was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in September 2010.
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) Linked to Hormonal Birth Control
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH), a severe neurological disorder, was initially linked to hormonal contraceptives in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995. Researchers found that levonorgestrel, a synthetic hormone contained in Mirena and some birth control pills, could increase the risk of the condition.
Signs and symptoms of idiopathic intracranial hypertension include:
- Blurred vision
- Double vision (diplopia)
- Eye injury (papilledema)
- Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
- Vision loss
Papilledema occurs when a person’s optic disk swells due to increased pressure inside the skull. In most cases, there are no early symptoms of the condition, although the patient’s vision may be briefly disturbed. Papilledema requires a prompt diagnosis, which is typically done through brain imaging and/or lumbar puncture (spinal tap). Treatment is centered around the underlying condition.
Side Effects of Beyaz
Beyaz has been linked to the following serious side effects:
- Blood Clots
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA)
- Heart Attack
- Myocardial Infarction
- Gallbladder Disease / Injury (cholecystitis)
- Gallbladder Removal (cholecystectomy)