Gianvi and other similar birth control pills containing drospirenone have been increasingly linked to life-threatening strokes in certain high-risk patients. Mounting research and numerous case studies have found that the drospirenone contained in Gianvi has certain side effects that are much more severe than those of older contraceptives, making the drug potentially far more dangerous than more conventional methods of treatment. Signs and symptoms of a Gianvi-induced stroke may include numbness on one side of the body, loss of vision, and a sudden change in alertness.
What’s the problem?
A stroke or ‘brain attack’ occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery, or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die and severe brain damage occurs. When cells in a particular region of the brain die, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. Abilities typically affected by a stroke include speech, movement and memory. The degree of the stroke depends on where the event occurs and how much damage the brain has endured.
Stroke-causing blood clots have been found to occur due to an abnormal increase of potassium in the body. Increased potassium levels have the potential to seriously thicken the blood. Gianvi birth control pills contain a synthetic progestin known as drospirenone, which is a hormone that increases the amount of potassium in the body, causing the blood to thicken and increasing the chance of a stroke.
Gianvi Stroke Symptoms
Signs and symptoms of a Gianvi-induced stroke may include:
- numbness on one side of the body
- loss of vision / problems with vision
- change in alertness
- sudden intense headache
Unfortunately, if a stroke victim is not treated promptly, he or she may suffer from permanent brain damage, permanent loss of movement and even death.
Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation
Following emergency medical intervention, stroke care aims at helping the victim regain their strength, recover as much function as possible, and return to their normal lives. The complications of a stroke depend on the area of the brain involved and the amount of tissue injury. Damage to the right side of the brain may affect movement and sensation on the left side of the body. Conversely, damage to the left brain may affect movement on the right side. Complications resulting from a Gianvi-induced stroke may include:
- speech / language disorders
- problems with breathing, swallowing, balancing and hearing
- loss of vision
- loss of bladder or bowel function
Most stroke survivors will eventually go on to treatment in a rehabilitation program. Based on the patient’s age, overall health, and degree of disability, the doctor will likely recommend the most rigorous program available to encourage rapid improvement. The course of treatment will depend heavily on the patient’s lifestyle, interests and priorities, and availability of family members or other caregivers.