Beyaz Pseudotumor Cerebri Lawsuit

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What is Beyaz?

Beyaz is a birth control pill that contains drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate. Drospirenone & ethinyl estradiol prevent ovulation by blocking the release of an egg from the ovary, and levomefolate helps prevent birth defects that may result if a pregnancy occurs while taking the drug. Beyaz is most often used to prevent pregnancy; however, it may also be prescribed for the treatment of moderate acne in women over the age of 14 who have started their menstrual cycle.

Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) Linked to Hormonal Contraceptives

Pseudotumor cerebri, a severe neurological side effect, was first linked to hormone-containing birth control products in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in 1995. The study’s authors determined that levonorgestrel, a second generation hormone contained in the Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) and some birth control pills, could increase the risk of the condition.

Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri may include:

  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision (diplopia)
  • Eye injury (papilledema)
  • Buzzing sound in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vision loss
  • Headache

Papilledema

Papilledema is characterized by swelling in the optic disk due to increased intracranial pressure. There are no early symptoms of the condition, although the patient’s vision may be disturbed for a short period of time. Papilledema requires immediate diagnosis, which is typically accomplished through brain imaging and/or lumbar puncture. Treatment is focused on the underlying condition.

Beyaz Side Effects

Beyaz has been linked to the following serious side effects:

  • Blood Clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Stroke
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA)
  • Heart Attack
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Gallbladder Disease / Injury (cholecystitis)
  • Gallbladder Removal (cholecystectomy)
  • Death

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