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FDA Alert: Drospirenone in Birth Control Pills May Cause Fatal Blood Clots

According to two new reports identified by the FDA, a female sex hormone contained in many newer birth control products including Yaz, Yasmin and Beyaz may increase the risk of severe cardiovascular events in certain users. The progestin ‘Drospirenone’ has been linked to blood clots, venous thromboembolism (VTE), and other extremely serious side effects. FDA is now evaluating the results of the studies in an attempt to determine the link between drospirenone and these deadly conditions.

Free Birth Control Blood Clot Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking a birth control product, 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.

What’s the problem?

May 31, 2011 – In a press release issued today by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), two new studies have been published evaluating the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone.

The combined research sought to determine whether there is a higher risk of blood clots in women taking contraceptives that contain drospirenone compared to females using pills that contain levonorgestrel, a popular synthetic progestogen contained in many older forms of birth control. According to the results of the study, drospirenone users are associated with a two to three times greater risk for VTE than women taking levonorgestrel-containing medications.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

VTE is a disease that includes both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It is a potentially lethal condition that recurs frequently, is often overlooked, and can result in long-term complications. Signs and symptoms of VTE may include:

  • swelling of the leg or along a vein in the leg
  • pain or tenderness in the leg, which you may feel only when standing or walking
  • increased warmth in the area of the leg that’s swollen or in pain
  • red or discolored skin on the leg

VTE is well known as a cause of preventable morbidity in hospitalized patients. Approximately 25% of VTE cases are associated with hospitalization, and the condition may occur in individuals hospitalized to treat medical illness as well as in those undergoing surgery.

Side Effects of Drospirenone

Drospirenone has been known to lead to other serious health problems including (but not limited to):

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

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 birth control, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.

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