Yasmin is a birth control pill manufactured and marketed by the Bayer Corporation that has been on the market since 2001. Another firm is marketing a generic version of the pill with the brand name Ocella. Over the past few years, complaints of serious adverse side effects have surfaced about this pharmaceutical formula, to the point where women who have been affected by the use of Yasmin are beginning to file liability actions against Bayer.
Oral contraceptives in general list a host of potential side effects that is frightening, but they have been in widespread use for decades. In Yasmin’s case, there appears to be a much higher level of adverse reaction than is found in older birth control pills with different pharmaceutical formulations.
Yasmin Side Effects
Users of Yasmin have reported migraine headaches, mood swings and especially problems with depression. Many women have had problems with disruption of normal menstrual patterns, endometriosis and fatigue. Perhaps the worst side effect for Yasmin that has been consistently reported is the occurrence of strokes. These strokes, caused by blood clots, are medical incidents that all oral contraceptive producers warn about. In the case of Yasmin, however, the number of stroke victims using the medication is well above any such occurrences for users of other oral contraceptives.
Another startling and serious side effect being reported with this drug is pancreatitis. This affliction is an extremely painful inflammation of the pancreas that is usually associated with gall bladder problems or alcohol abuse. In December of 2008 the FDA issued a Safety Alert about potential signals for serious risks and adverse reactions that associated Yasmin with possible occurrences of pancreatitis.
Why is Yasmin Suspect?
Yasmin is a medical formulation that goes about pregnancy prevention in a different biochemical manner than other birth control pills. The range of problems that women are reporting with the drug is remarkably diverse and it is also likely that the number of occurrences for these medical issues is underreported. In complaint after complaint, women are reporting that their physicians dismiss symptomatic complaints as unconnected with Yasmin.
If you or a relative has had an adverse reaction to the use of Yasmin, you should consult with an attorney about potential compensation. There’s a lot of legal activity being generated by Yasmin’s adverse effects, so you are not alone. Fill out the brief Free Case Evaluation form on this page and one of our attorneys will be in touch. There is no charge for our consultation.