Women who have taken the popular oral contraceptives YAZ, Yasmin and Ocella have reported serious side effects, including blood clots, stroke, and heart attack as a result of taking the drug.
If you have suffered serious health problems while taking YAZ, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, medical bills, emotional trauma, and other damages. Contact a YAZ lawsuit attorney of Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 immediately for a free case evaluation.
This is not a Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella class action lawsuit. We believe that class action claims often help the attorneys more than they help the individuals affected by harmful pharmaceuticals. At Williams Kherkher, we work with individuals to make sure each claim is tailored according to the specific circumstances surrounding each case. We accept cases based solely on the individual merits of the claim, and we believe that this method will help achieve the best results for you and your family.
YAZ, Yasmin and Ocella Health Problems
If you have taken YAZ, Yasmin or Ocella, you may be at risk of suffering serious side effects as a result of taking the contraceptive. These side effects may include:
- Blood clotting
- Heart attack
- Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Gallbladder complications
- Cerebral hemorrhage
- Liver tumors
Because YAZ, Yasmin and Ocella contain a different active ingredient (drospirenone) than most other oral contraceptives on the market, you may be at risk of these health problems even if you have not had problems with oral contraceptives in the past.
Symptoms to Watch For
The YAZ lawyers of Williams Kherkher advise women who have taken YAZ, Yasmin or Ocella to be on the lookout for symptoms of potentially life-threatening health effects, including:
- Nausea or severe vomiting
- Stomach cramps or bloating
- Weight gain
- Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods
- Fainting spells
- Severe allergic reactions
Yasmin is a female oral contraceptive originally developed by Berlex Laboratories that was first approved by the FDA in 2001. In 2006, Bayer acquired Berlex, and introduced YAZ, a newer version of Yasmin. Ocella was introduced in July 2008. Ocella is made by Barr Laboratories with the same active ingredients as Yasmin, which Bayer supplies to Barr.
YAZ, Yasmin and Ocella all contain ethinyl estradiol, also known as estrogen, and drospirenone, a “fourth generation” progestin. These three products are the only female oral contraceptives on the market today which contain drospirenone. Drospirenone can increase a woman’s blood potassium to dangerous levels.
Bayer has improperly promoted Yasmin and YAZ for treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and all types of acne. By 2008, Bayer’s improper promotions resulted in YAZ sales of $616 million and Yasmin of $382 million. Ocella had sales of $170 million in the same period.
In October 2008, the FDA was so concerned with the improper advertising that it issued a warning letter to Bayer to cease promotion of Yasmin and YAZ. Yasmin and YAZ are only indicated for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of PMS, and moderate acne vulgaris. Yasmin and YAZ were never approved by the FDA for treatment of PMS and less severe forms of acne.
Contact a YAZ Lawyer
If you have taken oral contraceptives in the past without serious health problems but have experienced life-threatening blood clots, strokes, or heart attack after switching to YAZ, Yasmin or Ocella, contact the YAZ attorneys of Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 to discuss your legal options today.