Recent research suggests that people taking Yaz, Yasmin and other oral contraceptives containing the synthetic progestin drospirenone are at risk of developing Yaz pancreatitis, a serious medical condition that can lead to life-long health problems.
Manifestation of newest Yaz side effect
The pancreas is a gland located in the abdomen that plays a critical role in both endocrine and digestive function. Yaz pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas triggered by Yaz or other oral contraceptive use. The condition usually occurs in one of two different forms: acute Yaz pancreatitis and chronic Yaz pancreatitis.
Acute Yaz pancreatitis often begins suddenly and can cause sudden severe health problems. The condition can usually be cured with immediate medical treatment. Chronic Yaz pancreatitis, on the other hand, develops over time and may be more difficult to treat.
Both conditions are characterized by the same symptoms: abdominal pain, chills, clammy skin, fever, jaundice, nausea, sweating, weakness, weight loss and vomiting. Symptoms of the acute version may occur without warning while symptoms of the chronic condition may build up over time.
Diagnosis and treatment of Yaz and Yasmin pancreatitis
According to an FDA warning, Yaz pancreatitis occurs most frequently in women suffering from hypertriglyceridemia, or women whose family histories include the condition. Women with hyperlipidemias may also be at increased risk of Yaz pancreatitis.
Diagnosis and treatment may include abdominal x-rays, ultrasounds, kidney dialysis, pain medication and other drugs.
Drospirenone blamed in Yaz lawsuits
Yaz pancreatitis is just one of several Yaz side effects that have been linked to drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives. Women taking these drugs may also be at increased risk of gallbladder problems, blood clots and pulmonary embolism. More than 7,000 women have sought the advice of a Yaz lawyer and filed lawsuits against the makers of these controversial birth control pills. More and more women are joining the litigation as symptoms appear and publicity grows over Yaz side effects.
Women who experience health problems while using Yaz and similar oral contraceptives are urged to consult with a physician.