Causes of Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you use Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella birth control pills, you should be aware of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), including its causes and complications. DVT is a blood clot in a vein deep in the body, usually in a leg. It can cause another, potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism (PE).
Several independent medical studies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have determined that a synthetic hormone used in Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other birth control pills may raise the user’s risk of developing blood clots.
Linking Yaz to Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot (thrombus) that occurs deep in the body, usually in the lower leg or thigh. When blood flow is impeded by a DVT, it can cause pain and swelling. It can also cause warmth and redness in the swollen area. The blood clot that causes DVT can partially or totally break off and travel to a lung and cause blockage. This is a pulmonary embolism, and the blockage it causes is potentially deadly.
Several conditions can cause DVT. Among them are birth control pills (oral contraceptives) and hormone replacement therapy, which are both known to increase the blood’s ability to clot. The use of drospirenone, a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone, in a birth control pill can make matters worse.
Multiple medical studies have concluded that birth control pills made with drospirenone increase the risk of blood clots in their users when compared to users of other types of oral contraceptive.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, which makes Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills, warns on its websites for each of these products that the drospirenone-containing pill “increases the risk of serious conditions including blood clots, stroke and heart attack.”
A woman who used Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or their generic equivalents and developed DVT has a right to seek compensation for her medical expenses and other losses. A Yaz birth control injury lawyer can assist her or the family of a Yaz user who died because of a pulmonary embolism (PE) or another complication after taking oral contraceptives that contained drospirenone.
Contact a Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has been prescribed Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or similar oral contraceptives and suffered deep vein thrombosis (DVT), contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, to speak to an experienced Yaz deep vein thrombosis lawyer. Lawsuits by Yaz users against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals are being filed and settled. You could obtain compensation for your or your loved one’s losses.
Call us today at 877-812-4524 or use our online form. We can discuss your legal rights and options in a free and confidential consultation about your case.
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, assists clients who have been injured by dangerous drugs and medical devices. For over a decade, John J. Driscoll has represented only lawsuit plaintiffs and focused his firm’s practice on complex product liability cases, consumer class actions and personal-injury litigation.