Yasmin, Yaz and PMS Symptoms
Thousands of women have talked with their doctors about taking Yaz or Yasmin to treat the symptoms of PMS. The Food and Drug Administration has warned that women should only start taking Yaz or Yasmin to prevent pregnancy, and not for the treatment of PMS symptoms. Women who take Yaz or Yasmin to treat PMS may be unnecessarily exposing themselves to an increased risk of blood clots or other side effects.
Yaz and Yasmin were approved by the FDA for the treatment of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)—a more severe pre-menstrual condition than PMS that can cause depression and other physical symptoms. The agency said that the birth control pills should only be used to treat women with PMS in cases where they wish to use a contraceptive drug to prevent pregnancy.
Although the symptoms of PMDD may be similar to those of PMS, the warning labels for Yaz and Yasmin explicitly state that the birth control pills have “not been shown to be effective for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).” The labels go on to say that Yaz and Yasmin should only be taken to prevent pregnancy, and not for the treatment of PMS symptoms.
Yaz and Yasmin are not recommended for the treatment of PMS symptoms because of the serious side effects associated with the two drugs. According to two studies published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), women taking Yaz or Yasmin are twice as likely to suffer blood clots as women who take other birth control products. This increased blood clot risk could also place women in danger of heart attack, pulmonary embolism, stroke, deep vein thrombosis or other cardiovascular side effects.
In 2008, the FDA forced Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin, to stop airing a series of television ads for Yaz. The agency claimed that the Yaz TV advertisements improperly promoted the pills as a treatment for acne and PMS symptoms, while understating the risk of side effects for women taking the birth control pills. As a result, Bayer was forced to air a $20 million ad campaign to correct the “misleading” claim made in the original advertisements.
If you or a loved one took Yaz or Yasmin and developed blood clots or other side effects, you may qualify for a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form located on this page.