April 10, 2012 – 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). The following medications will have their warning labels updated with information regarding this risk: Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Gianvi, Syeda, Beyaz, Safyral, Loryna, and Zarah. Signs and symptoms of a drospirenone-induced blood clot may include swelling in the arms or legs, chest pain, dizziness, coughing up blood, and rapidly increased heart rate.
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What’s the Problem with Drospirenone?
The FDA recently completed a comprehensive analysis of several epidemiological studies evaluating the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone. After reviewing the studies, the administration has determined that drospirenone contraceptives may be linked to an increased risk of blood clots compared to birth control pills containing levonorgestrel, a different hormone found in many older forms of birth control.
The new warnings will state that several studies have found as much as a three-fold increased risk of blood clots associated with drospirenone when compared to levonorgestrel. The labels will also include a summary of the results of a previously-published study on the blood clot risk that was funded by the FDA.
In light of these findings, the FDA is recommending that women talk to their healthcare providers before beginning a regimen of any birth control product containing drospirenone. Doctors have also been advised to carefully consider the potential risks and rewards of drospirenone-containing contraceptives before prescribing them to women.
Do I Have a Birth Control Blood Clot 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 birth control 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 birth control product, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.