A progestin known as ‘drospirenone’ that is contained in newer fourth generation birth control products has been linked to an increased risk for serious physical side effects including blood clots and venous thromboembolism (VTE). If your contraceptive contains drospirenone, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Birth control pills containing drospirenone include Yaz (generics Gianvi and Loryna), Yasmin (generics Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah), Beyaz, and Safyral.
Drospirenone Update 6/26/12: A new study has found that a widely prescribed class of contraceptive products containing a synthetic hormone known as drospirenone may increase the risk for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic condition that involves symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits. The researchers found that women were almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with IBS after initiating a regimen of drospirenone-based birth control pills than women who took products containing levonorgestrel, a ‘third generation’ progestin found in many older types of contraceptives.
Drospirenone Blood Clot Update 4/10/12: Birth control products containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone have been linked to an increased risk for blood clots, according to a warning issued today by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). In response to these findings, the FDA has required that all drospirenone-containing contraceptives carry warnings which state that several studies have found as much as a three-fold increased risk of blood clots associated with drospirenone when compared to levonorgestrel, a different hormone found in many older forms of birth control.
Drospirenone Blood Clot Update 12/9/11: An independent advisory panel to the FDA has recommended that all birth control products containing the hormone drospirenone should have their labels updated to include warnings about blood clots. The panel’s recommendation was based on new data suggesting that the popular contraceptives may put women at a higher risk for dangerous blood clots than older forms of birth control.
Free Drospirenone Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking a drospirenone-containing birth control pill, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
Drospirenone is a type of female sex hormone called a progestin that is used in combination with estrogen as a contraceptive. Birth control products in this class work by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) and changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus to prevent pregnancy. Unfortunately, drospirenone has been increasingly linked to severe blood clots and venous thromboembolism (VTE) in a high number of women using contraceptives that contain the hormone.
What’s the problem with Drospirenone?
According to two independent studies reported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on June 1, 2011, there is an elevated risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who take birth control products that contain drospirenone. This risk is two to three times greater than the risk of such side effects associated with contraceptives containing levonorgestrel, a ‘second generation’ synthetic progestogen contained in many older forms of birth control. In response to these new findings, the FDA is analyzing all available information to fully assess the risks and benefits of drospirenone-containing birth control pills.
Side Effects of Drospirenone
Drugs containing drospirenone have been linked to the following 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)
If you are taking Drospirenone
If you are currently taking a contraceptive product that contains drospirenone, talk to your doctor about the risks of VTE and blood clots. Those at greatest risk for adverse cardiovascular events include those who are 35 years or older and smoke. Notify your physician immediately if you experience any of the following signs and symptoms:
- persistent leg pain
- severe chest pain
- sudden shortness of breath
Do I Have a Drospirenone Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in drospirenone lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a blood clot after using a drospierenone birth control pill, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.