What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot that has formed deep in the body, usually in a leg. It can prove deadly. Users of Yaz birth control pills should understand what DVT is and the complications it can cause.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and several independent medical studies have concluded that Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other drospirenone-containing birth control pills can cause the user to have a higher risk for developing blood clots. The FDA advises women to consult their health care provider to help decide whether to use Yaz.
Blood Clots in the Legs
A blood clot (thrombus) occurs when blood thickens and clumps together. This impedes blood flow. When a blood clot forms in a deep vein in the body, it is called a deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. Usually a DVT occurs in the lower leg or thigh.
By itself, a DVT may cause pain and swelling as well as warmth and redness in the swollen area. The primary problem of a DVT is that the blood clot may partially or totally break loose and lodge in a lung. This is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). It is a potentially deadly condition.
Multiple medical studies have concluded that birth control pills made with the synthetic hormone drospirenone increase the risk of blood clots in their users. All birth control pills slightly raise the probability of blood clots, but drospirenone raises it further.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, which makes Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills, warns on its website that “Yaz increases the risk of serious conditions including blood clots, stroke and heart attack. … The risk of blood clots is highest during the first year of use.”
Bayer makes drospirenone-containing birth control pills that are sold under several names:
A woman who has developed DVT after using Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or its generic equivalents has a right to seek compensation for her medical expenses and other losses. A Yaz birth control injury attorney can assist her or the family of a Yaz user who died because of a pulmonary embolism after taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills.
Contact a Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawyer Today
If you or a family member of yours has taken Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or similar oral contraceptives and suffered deep vein thrombosis (DVT), contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, today. By calling 877-812-4524 or using our online form, you can schedule a free and confidential consultation with an experienced Yaz lawyer and learn about your legal rights and options.
The Driscoll Firm, LLC, assists clients who have been injured by dangerous pharmaceuticals and medical devices. For more than a decade, John J. Driscoll has represented only plaintiffs and concentrated his firm’s practice on complex product liability cases, consumer class actions and personal-injury litigation.
Yaz lawsuits against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals are being filed and settled. You could obtain compensation for you or your loved one’s losses. So, act today to get started on your case.