Recent warnings have linked Syeda birth control pills to serious side effects including stroke, heart attack and death. If you’ve been injured by Syeda or other contraceptive containing drospirenone, don’t become another silent victim. Attorneys are currently investigating potential lawsuits against Sandoz, Inc., claiming that the manufacturer was negligent in warning the public about its drug’s potential for side effects.
Syeda 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.
Syeda 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.
What is Syeda?
Marketed and manufactured by Sandoz, Inc., Syeda is a combination oral birth control product that contains both estrogen and a progestin. Syeda is the generic version of Bayer’s best-selling contraceptive Yasmin. It prevents pregnancy chiefly through stopping ovulation (the maturation and release of eggs from the ovaries). Syeda is different from traditional contraceptive methods in that it uses the progestin drospirenone, which is closely related to spironolactone, a medication commonly used as a diuretic.
Drospirenone works against the body’s normal regulation of a balance between salt and water. This can cause elevated potassium levels (hyperkalemia), which is known to cause serious heart problems and other health issues. It is recommend that blood tests be performed to check user’s potassium level within the first month of use.
Side Effects of Syeda
Syeda and other 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)
Contraceptives Containing Drospirenone
On May 31, 2011, the FDA issued a press release stating that it had become aware of two newly published studies that evaluated the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone. The two studies looked at whether there is a higher risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone when compared to similar women taking contraceptives containing a different progestin called levonorgestrel.
“These two new studies reported that there is a greater risk of VTE associated with birth control pills that contain drospirenone. This risk is reported to be up to 2 to 3 times greater than the risk of VTE associated with using levonorgestrel-containing pills. Other studies have not reported an increase in risk. The FDA is currently evaluating the conflicting results from these studies and will look at all currently available information to fully assess the risks and benefits of drospirenone-containing birth control pills.”
If you are taking Syeda
Before taking Syeda, make sure to tell your doctor about any medications you may be taking simultaneously. Notify your physician immediately if you have experienced any of the following health issues:
- adrenal insufficiency
- high blood pressure (hypertension)
- migraine headaches
- jaundice (yellowing of the skin / whites of the eyes)
- gallbladder disease
- high cholesterol
- a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
- a history of heart attack / stroke
- liver / kidney disease
- unexplained vaginal bleeding