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What is drospirenone?

Drospirenone is a synthetic form of the hormone progestin that is combined in pill form with another hormone—ethinyl estradiol—to prevent pregnancy. Drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol combination pills are sold under several brand names, including Yaz and Yasmin, Ocella, Loryna, Gianvi and Beyaz.

In addition to being prescribed as a contraceptive, drospirenone can be used to treat moderate acne (in cases where the patient also wishes to prevent pregnancy) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). PMDD is a more severe form of PMS that can cause extreme emotional and physical symptoms about two weeks before a woman begins her period.

Multiple studies have warned that women who use birth control pills containing drospirenone face an increased risk of blood clots. According to two studies published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ), patients taking birth control with drospirenone are twice as likely to suffer blood clots as patients who are prescribed another brand of contraceptives.

In response to these findings, a Food and Drug Administration panel voted to issue a stronger warning about the danger of blood clots for patients taking drospirenone birth control pills. This increased blood clot risk can place patients at risk of other serious conditions, including deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism (PE), heart attack and stroke.

More than 10,000 lawsuits have been filed by patients who suffered blood clots or other injuries after using Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills. Patients who were injured after taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella may still be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturers of these drugs.

To receive a free legal consultation and find out if you qualify to file a lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.

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