Symptoms of Deep Vein Thrombosis
If you use Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella birth control pills, you need to know how to recognize deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The condition is a blood clot deep in the body, usually in a leg. It can be painful on its own. It can also lead to a potentially fatal condition known as pulmonary embolism (PE).
Several medical studies and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have found that a synthetic hormone called “drospirenone” in Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other birth control pills may increase the likelihood of the user’s developing a blood clot.
How to Recognize Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot (thrombus) that occurs deep in the body. It usually arises in the lower leg or thigh. About half of the people who suffer from a DVT experience no symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
When symptoms of DVT do occur, they may include:
- Pain or tenderness, which may be felt only while standing
- Warmth in the swollen area
- Redness or other discoloration in the swollen area.
The blood clot that causes DVT may break off and travel to a lung, triggering a pulmonary embolism. This potentially deadly blockage is marked by breathing difficulties and requires emergency medical care.
Multiple medical studies have shown that oral contraceptives made with drospirenone increase the risk of blood clots in their users more than other types of birth control pills do.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the maker of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills, even warns on its website that a drospirenone-containing contraceptive “increases the risk of serious conditions including blood clots, stroke and heart attack.”
A woman who was prescribed Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or their generics and developed DVT may have a legal claim for compensation to help her with medical expenses and other losses. A Yaz birth control injury attorney can advise her of her rights and options pertaining to a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact a Yaz Deep Vein Thrombosis Lawyer
For over a decade, John J. Driscoll has represented only lawsuit plaintiffs and focused his legal practice on cases involving product liability, personal injury litigation and consumer class actions, including clients harmed by dangerous drugs and medical devices.
If you were prescribed Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella or a similar oral contraceptive and suffered deep vein thrombosis (DVT), call The Driscoll Firm, LLC, 877-812-4524 or use our online form to speak to an experienced Yaz deep vein thrombosis attorney at about your legal options. Family members of Yaz users who died from a DVT complication should call the Driscoll firm, too.
Lawsuits against Yaz maker Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals continue to be filed and settled. You could recover compensation for your losses. Contact us now for a free and confidential initial consultation about your case.