Ocella is a prescription drug contraceptive used to prevent pregnancy. Containing drospirenone, a synthetic progestin, this birth control is regarded as a “fourth generation drug”.
In addition to preventing pregnancy, the drug has also been known to treat minor cases of acne, as well as controlling some of the symptoms associated with premenstrual disorders.
With similar ingredients as Yaz and Yasmin (ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone), Ocella has become rather popular in the birth control industry within the last several years. Following FDA warnings indicating misleading advertisements that stated insufficient facts about the pill’s side effects, more and more women each day are reporting adverse side effects.
Ocella has been acknowledged by the FDA as a birth control that can cause damaging consequences to those women taking the pill. While the severity of complications range, women who have used Ocella may experience unexpected results that studies have traced back to the pill.
Side Effects of Ocella
The primary substances in Ocella, drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, alter the lining the uterus and cervix. In addition, the drug has been known to deter some of the more common symptoms of premenstrual disorder. While Ocella is successful as a contraceptive, serious side effects that may occur after taking this pill include, but are not limited to:
- Blood Clots
- Gallbladder Disease
- Heart Attack
- Sudden Death
In addition, serious cardiovascular side effects include (but are not limited to):
- Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI)
- Ischemic Stroke
The makers of the drug are fully aware of these side effects, yet continue to market the product in a misleading manner. Those who have suffered serious health problems following the consumption of Ocella may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Besides the serious side effects associated with Ocella, additional minor to medium grade medical conditions have been linked to the birth control pill. You may be entitled to compensation if you have endured the following common side effects:
- Abnormal Pain
- Decline in Sexual Activity
- Eye Irritation
- Hair Loss
- Hand & Feet Swelling
- Headaches and Migraines
- Menstrual bleeding in the middle of cycles
- Reduced Appetite
- Skin Discoloration
- Vaginal Discharge
- Visual Impairment
- Weight Gain
- Yeast Infection
While the above side effects are minor, they could potential lead to much more serious medical conditions.
What Should I Know Before Taking Ocella?
Due to the misleading marketing by the makers of Ocella, women have purchased and consumed the birth control pill without a full understanding of how the drug may affect the mind and body. Birth control pills should never be taken while pregnant. In addition, women who are allergic to drospirenone should not Ocella, as this is the primary ingredient in the medicine.
Refrain from taking Ocella if your medical history includes the following:
- Cancer (specific to female anatomy)
- Heart Attack
- High Blood Pressure
- Irregular Menstrual Cycle
- Kidney Disease
Women must pay special attention to warnings and labels prior to taking any medication. However, when products like Ocella fail to fully inform users of the potential risks associated, the makers must be held liable.