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The Ill Effects of Yasmin

Two of the top selling birth control pills in the United States are Yaz and Yasmin, both manufactured and distributed by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Bayer, a German company that manufactures pharmacological and chemical products, began operations in Barmen, Germany in 1863. Today, it has branches in as many as 50 countries and is among the 10 top pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Bayer released Yasmin to the market in 2001. Besides its use of drospirenone, a synthetic or artificial progesterone, which is said to effectively treat temperate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder or PMDD, the drug also contains 30 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol, the hormone that helps suppress ovulation and increase density of bone minerals.

Every pack of Yasmin contains 21 active pills and 7 palliative pills (also called inactive pills), the function of which is simply to reduce annoying symptoms before or during one’s period. It is necessary that the pills be taken at the specified time daily; thus, in the event that one forgets or fails to take a pill, she can either take it as soon as she remembers or have two pills the following day.

This pill, which can effectively prevent women as young as 14 years old from getting pregnant, is not suggested for everyone, though. Women who are not sure if they are pregnant or not, those with medical disorders and those who are nursing, should not take the product as it could cause birth defects or, in the case of nursing women, harm the child.

The popularity of Yasmin, however, has been tainted with reports of serious side effects, lawsuits and settlements by the manufacturer. In fact, early this 2013, Bayer paid about $24 million in settlement claims (due to gall bladder injuries the drug is believed to have caused). The company may be losing a bigger amount too to compensate about 4,800 women who are found to have developed blood clots after taking the pills.

According to the website of attorney Williams Kherkher, known severe side effects of Yasmin, include:

  • Gallbladder injuries
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which frequently happens in the leg due to difficulty in ensuring good flow of blood in the body’s lower parts.
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (CVA), which is failure in brain function resulting from a disturbance in brain’s blood supply. CVA may cause a woman to lose the function of limbs, vision and the capability to formulate speech
  • Myocardial infarction or damage of heart tissues due to obstruction in the supply of blood to the heart muscle
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Death

There are many other side effects of Yasmine, which may be considered minor. Nevertheless, these are unwanted due to the great inconvenience that these cause those who take the pill. As of 2012, there have already been about 12,000 lawsuits recorded against Bayer products Yaz and Yasmin. Despite this huge number, Bayer maintains its claim that its pills, if taken according to instructions, are safe and effective.


Birth Defects May Mean a Zoloft Lawsuit

Pregnancy can be accompanied by a roller coaster of emotions, perhaps due to the hormonal changes that are occurring in the mother’s body. Two of the most common psychological problems encountered during pregnancy is anxiety and depression. When it gets bad enough, a doctor may prescribe small doses of Zoloft, generically known as sertraline hydrochloride, to ease the symptoms. Zoloft manufacturer Pfizer is not shy about touting the benefits the prescription drug in keeping a woman calm and relaxed during pregnancy.

Here’s the clincher: antidepressants such as Zoloft has been associated with a number of birth defects that may have a significant impact on the lives of both mother and child. These defects include but not limited to:

  • Abdominal defects
  • Atrial septal defects
  • Club feet
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
  • Skull defects
  • Spina bifida
  • Tetralogy of fallot (TOF) with pulmonary atresia
  • Transposition of the great arteries
  • Ventricular septal defects

The risks to the baby in utero have been well-established, and yet Pfizer is pooh-poohing the warnings of health experts in the use of Zoloft during pregnancy. This failure to inform and warn patients about the dangers of Zoloft use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding renders the company negligent for knowingly risking the life of another human being in order to sell their products.

As a result, more than 250 cases have been filed against Pfizer for the birth defects or health problems of children who were exposed in utero and through breast milk. Currently, a multidistrict litigation has been set-up in Philadelphia. This will provide more people to have their grievances addressed with the support of other fellow sufferers. Even children who are now adults but were born with problems because of the use of Zoloft during pregnancy are following suit.

Zoloft is a prescription drug, and can only be obtained from a licensed medical doctor, Nevertheless, Pfizer should still have clearly and rigorously warned the public against the dangers of taking Zoloft while pregnant. If you think you have a good chance of succeeding in a Zoloft lawsuit, consult an Zoloft lawsuit attorney to assess your situation, provide you with advice on what how to go about it for a successful conclusion.


Reglan (Metoclopramide) and its Severe Complications

Doctors and clinicians readily prescribe the drug Reglan whenever ordinary medicines fail to treat nausea and gastrointestinal failures like gastroparesis and heartburn (indigestion or tummy ache). Reglan, the drug’s brand name (its generic counterpart is called metoclopramide), increases intestine and abdominal tightening or movement. It can be injected into the patient to help detect stomach and/or intestinal problems and to stop vomiting, a probable result after taking anticancer medicines.

On February 26, 2009, Reglan was directed by the FDA to display a warning on its labels on the risks connected to taking the drug for a prolonged period or at high doses. The warning may be summarized as:

  •  a connection between the continuous consumption of Reglan or metoclopramide and Tardive Dyskinesia has been traced.
  •  at the slight sign of Tardive Dyskinesia, treatment should be stopped; and,
  •  Reglan should never be taken for more than 3 months or 12 weeks and in large doses, excepting extremely rare cases where the risks are outweighed by the benefits.

Tardive Dyskinesia, which usually affects diabetics and the elderly, more so elderly women, is a disabling neurological condition that involves repetitive and uncontrolled muscle movements. Specifically these are quick movements of the trunk, legs, arms and fingers, rapid blinking or eye movements, pursing, puckering and smacking of lips, tongue protrusion and grimacing. Reglan has many other serious complications, fatal ones even, such as Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (NMS). The symptoms common to NMS include muscular rigidity, stupor, unstable blood pressure, sweating and high fever; these symptoms are usually apparent during the first two weeks of using the drug.

Reglan is also prescribed to other patients to treat nausea due to pregnancy or migraine heachache, morning sickness and lactation stimulation. It is also necessary that you inform your doctor of any condition or illness you might have and of your other drug or herbal intake before taking Reglan.

Patients affected by these complications suffer physically, mentally and emotionally. Their social life is likewise highly affected. This gives patients more reason to bring those responsible to justice by filing a Reglan lawsuit. Suffering from Tardive Dyskinesia or NMS is no light matter; act to seek justice today.