Recent studies have linked the hormone chemical used in the birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin to an increased risk of blood clots and the more serious condition stroke.
A stroke occurs when a blood clot or damaged blood vessel restricts the flow of fresh blood to the brain. With oxygen from fresh blood limited, brain cells can be severely damaged or killed, causing loss of mental ability, loss of bodily function, or even death.
Although the risk of stroke has been attributed to aging, lack of physical activity, smoking and poor nutrition, chemicals such as drospirenone found in Yaz have also been linked to blood clots, which can also increase the risk of Yaz stroke.
In order to limit the effects of a stroke, it is very important that a patient receive medical attention as soon as possible. Some of the common symptoms of a stroke include:
So far, thousands of women have filed lawsuits for blood clot-related injuries such as Yaz stroke after taking Yaz or Yasmin. Bayer, the maker of these drugs, recently announced they would set aside as much as $1.2 billion to settle claims for blood clot side effects.
If you believe you have suffered a blood clot injury or Yaz stroke after taking these birth control drugs, it is important to learn your legal options as soon as possible. You may be entitled to substantial compensation from a settlement.
Strokes now rank as the third leading cause of death in America. They are also a leading cause of long term disability. The effects can range from weakness in an extremity to full paralyzation or loss of speech.
So far, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of injury or death among women taking Yaz or Yasmin. The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices also reported that Yaz and Yasmin ranked second in 2011 for the number of complications reported to the FDA.
In 2009 and 2011, The British Medical Journal published studies from researchers in Denmark, The Netherlands and the University of Copenhagen which found that the hormone drospirenone in drugs like Yaz could increase the risk of blood clots.
On October 27, 2011, the FDA also released a study of more than 800,000 women which showed that drugs like Yaz could actually increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 74%, which can severely raise the risk of stroke.
In order to avoid litigation, Bayer has begun settling certain cases for blood clot injuries like Yaz stroke for an average of more than $200,000. If you or a loved one have been affected by these side effects, it is important to find out what compensation is available and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can discuss your case today.
Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that have handled and settled Yaz cases for their clients.
For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the drug Yaz, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.
Authored by Chris Schroeder