Yaz Side Effects Can Cause Serious Health Problems

by Terry Bryant

Thousands of women have suffered unnecessarily through Yaz side effects. Common side effects such as stomach irritation, headache, and irritability may be expected. However, an increasing number of women have experienced gallbladder disease, blood clots, and stroke as well.

The seriousness of the medication was minimized by two television commercials played in 2008. Images of women energetically and joyfully pushing symptoms out of their lives not only minimized the risks, but provided a misleading picture of the benefits.

Bayer misrepresented the oral contraceptive by stating it would help relieve common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but the FDA has not evaluated the claim. Instead, the drug is FDA-approved for relieving symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women that also want to take an oral contraception.

The advertising also minimized the risk of smoking in women over 35 while taking Yaz. Side effects for smokers include increased risk of heart attack and stroke. The FDA highly encourages women of all ages to cease smoking while taking the contraceptive to avoid the risk.

Additionally, the medication has yet to be recalled regardless of the seriousness of the injuries and deaths suffered. Bayer is directly connected to the FDA’s committee, and speculation as to the biasness of the decision has been questioned by experts.

To date, over 11,000 lawsuits have been settled by Bayer. There are currently over 50,000 lawsuits, with more filed weekly. The injuries caused by Yaz side effects should be evaluated by a doctor. The misleading information Bayer provided patients has caused over 50 deaths so far, and the company is compensating families and people injured by the medication.

Many victims have decided to contact a qualified personal injury attorney to learn about their options. Just because it isn’t time to start a family doesn’t mean there is a need to suffer for the decision.