Oral Contraception for Women with Epilepsy
Between 2.7 and 3 million Americans suffer from epilepsy. Fortunately, though, most epileptic patients can control their seizures with anti-seizure medication. However, some of these epilepsy medications can interfere with the functioning of hormonal contraception, including the oral birth control pill.
Sadly, adverse drug interactions are not the only thing that women must worry about when taking the pill. Some types of oral contraception, such as YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella, have been linked to deadly blood clots and cerebral hemorrhage. If you or someone you love has suffered from any of these health complications after taking YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, please contact an experienced YAZ side effects lawyer from Williams Kherkher today at 800-761-3187.
Oral contraception relies on synthetic hormones to prevent you from conceiving a child. Sometimes, though, anti-epilepsy medication can affect the processing of these hormones. Medications like phenobarbital and carbamazepine can hasten the processing of these hormones, making them less effective in preventing contraception.
On the other hand, some drugs, such as valproate and felbamate, can actually magnify the effects of your hormonal contraception, which may require you to change the levels of hormones that you receive from your oral contraception.
Changing Seizure Patterns
Medical studies have not found a significant change in seizure patterns among women who have started taking oral birth control pills. However, some women report having either more or fewer seizures after beginning an oral contraception regimen. As this can differ from person to person, it is important to consult with your doctor before beginning a hormonal contraception regimen.
Both women with and without epilepsy can suffer from other dangerous side effects when taking YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella. These drugs can cause heart attacks and strokes. If you have experienced health complications after taking YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella, contact a knowledgeable YAZ lawsuit attorney from Williams Kherkher at 800-761-3187 today.