The Yaz® birth control pill has been on the market since 2006. Yaz is taken orally once daily to prevent pregnancy.
Yaz differs from other birth control methods because it contains a progestin hormone called drospirenone, which can increase potassium levels in the bloodstream.
Yaz has been linked with serious adverse heart problems. In a letter sent to the manufacturer of Yaz, the Food and Drug Administration warns of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, and gall bladder disease in Yaz users.
The FDA says, “Yaz has additional risks because it contains the progestin, drospirenone which can lead to hyperkalemia in high risk patients, which may result in potentially serious heart and health problems. Women taking Yaz must be concerned about the drug interactions that could increase potassium, in addition to the drug interactions common to all combination oral contraceptives.”
Yaz has also been linked to a condition known as hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is a condition that describes abnormal levels of potassium in the bloodstream, which can lead to fatal arrhythmias. Arrhythmias are disorders of the speed at which the heart beats.
Yaz and other oral contraceptives present an increased risk of heart attack in users especially in smokers. In addition to heart attack, there is an established link between oral contraceptives and blood clots and stroke.
In January 2009, the FDA required the maker of Yaz, which had run commercials claiming Yaz could be used to treat headaches and acne (uses that are not approved by the FDA), to launch a campaign correcting those false claims.
The FDA said, “These violations are concerning from a public health perspective because they encourage use of Yaz in circumstances other than those in which the drug has been approved, over-promise the benefits and minimize the risks associated with Yaz.”
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