Yaz® Stroke Information

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Yaz produces increased levels of estrogen in the female body, which can lead to a stroke. Recent reports and allegations have suggested that women who are using Yaz and similar birth control drugs experience strokes as an adverse side effect.

Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 8/2/12: According to a second quarter stockholders newsletter released this week, pharmaceutical giant Bayer is poised to pay out more than $1.2 billion to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin side effects.Yet despite the massive payout, Bayer will still face thousands of lawsuits over Yaz and Yasmin in the near future.

Two new British Medical Journal (BMJ) studies have confirmed that Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other new ‘fourth generation’ birth control medications significantly increase the risk of blood clots over those taking older birth control products. The results of the studies highlight the well known fact that the mix of hormones needed to prevent pregnancy also promote clotting factors.

What’s the problem?

Like the traditional birth control pill, Yaz uses a combination of hormones to prevent pregnancy, and like all other forms of oral contraceptive, Yaz increases the risk of stroke. Any hormonal birth control method (or other medication using hormones) increases the likelihood of a stroke, and both the labeling and the manufacturer’s website for Yaz acknowledge that the use of the drug is associated with a higher risk of stroke compared to the general population.The stroke risk associated with Yaz is increased in women who are over 35, smoke, have high blood pressure / cholesterol, or diabetes.

Strokes happen quickly, with a sudden onset. Most individuals who are having a stroke display two or more of the following symptoms:

  • confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech
  • trouble walking; loss of balance or dizziness
  • numbness or weakness of an arm or leg or the face (often on just one side)
  • vision problems in one or both eyes
  • a bad headache with no known cause
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