Yasmin, a product from Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, was reportedly marketing the drug to be used for purposes not approved by the FDA, in addition to downplaying the potential dangers and risks associated with the product. The FDA issued a warning against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals in October 2008.
What is Yasmin?
Used as a contraceptive to prevent pregnancy, Yasmin has garnered quite a bit of media attention for the damaging side effects that users have undergone. Generally speaking, Yasmin is used to prevent ovulation as well as causing changes in the uterine lining and cervical lining. In addition, some women use Yasmin to reduce moderate acne.
Since 2004, approximately 50 women have died after taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, all of which are Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals brands. Yasmin was forced to run $20 million worth of marketing materials to openly correct earlier deceptive, false advertisements. Nevertheless, a staggering number of women across the United States are still suffering from the side effects of the drug.
Large drug makers tend to rush products to market before they have been fully researched, tested, and approved by the FDA. In their effort to make money quickly, thousands of women have suffered damages from Yasmin side effects.
What Should I Know About Yasmin Before Taking It?
Adequate research should be conducted prior to taking any medication. Women should not take Yasmin if they are pregnant, as this drug can cause birth defects. In addition, Yasmin should not be taken if you have:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- History of hormone-related cancer
- Liver disease or cancer
- Blood-clotting issues
- General circulation problems
- Diabetic issues with eyes and/or kidneys
- Severe migraines
- Atypical vaginal bleeding
- Smokers and those over the age of 35
Being aware of the potential risks associated with taking medication is essential to healthy living. However, some companies fund misleading marketing that tricks women into taking certain medications that they should refrain from using. If you or a loved one has felt the negative effects of Yasmin, The Eichholz Law Firm is here to help.
Injuries Due to Yasmin
Yasmin should not be taken if adverse side effects are felt. In this case, victims must seek medical attention immediately. Unfortunately, Yasmin has recently been associated with several serious side effects. An ingredient in this drug has been traced back to raising blood potassium levels. This increase in blood potassium can cause:
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
- Heart Attack
According to a study from the British Medical Journal released in 2011, women who use Yasmin increase their risk of blood blots by 3 times when compared to other oral contraceptives. Typically, the risk associated with these side effects is the greatest within the first several weeks or months of taking Yasmin.
If you have suffered from any of the above injuries due to Yasmin, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.