Yaz Pulmonary Embolism-Getting Compensated for Yaz Side Effects
Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
Yaz is one of several 4th generation oral contraceptives that are known to cause serious side effects, including a Yaz pulmonary embolism. Other names used for marketing Yaz in the United states are Yasmin and Ocella. These drugs have a substantially higher risk of blood clots than older oral contraceptives, which used a different synthetic progestin.
What Is a Yaz Pulmonary Embolism?
An embolism is a blood clot that can form anywhere in the body and travel through the circulatory system until it reaches a vessel that is too narrow for it to pass through. It becomes lodged in the vessel, stopping the blood flow. If the blood vessel that becomes blocked is an artery in the lungs, it is known as a pulmonary embolism. Use of Yaz raises the risk of blood clots, including deep vein thrombosis, which can lead to a Yaz pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction or stroke.
Treatment for Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
A Yaz pulmonary embolism is usually treated with anticoagulant medications like warfarin and heparin. If the clot is very large, it may be necessary to insert a catheter (flexible tube) into the vein to remove it. In life threatening emergencies, a doctor may use a medication called a thrombolytic, which dissolves clots quickly, but can cause sudden bleeding. A Yaz pulmonary embolism can lead to other serious complications, including pulmonary hypertension and heart attack, which could cause permanent damage to the heart and lungs.
Yaz Pulmonary Embolism Mortality Rates and Sudden Death
Undiagnosed pulmonary embolism has a mortality rate of about 30 percent, which drops to about three percent with diagnosis. It is estimated that about 15 percent of sudden deaths are caused by pulmonary embolism. A Yaz pulmonary embolism is life threatening and may have few symptoms or general symptoms that the person does not believe to be serious. The risk for Yaz pulmonary embolism is estimated at more than six times the risk of pulmonary embolism for women who do not use hormone based contraceptives and more than twice the risk of women who use 2nd generation oral contraceptives.
Symptoms of Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
Symptoms of Yaz pulmonary embolism include pain in the chest, back or shoulder, sudden onset of shortness of breath, fainting, sweating, paleness, rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat. Coughing, wheezing and coughing up blood may also occur. Yaz users experiencing these symptoms should contact their doctor immediately or go to a hospital for examination and treatment. Women with a history of deep vein thrombosis or genetic clotting disorders are at highest risk for Yaz pulmonary embolism.
Yaz Pulmonary Embolism FDA Black Box Warning
The FDA has ordered a black box warning for Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella that advises users of Yaz pulmonary embolism risks. This is the strongest action the FDA can take short of ordering a drug recall. It is thought that in the initial clinical trials, the maker may have under reported the side effects of Yaz or attributed them to other causes. Recent clinical studies by the FDA show the risk of side effects from Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella to be substantially higher than was indicated at the time the drugs were approved.
Getting Compensation for Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
Women using the drug who suffer from a Yaz pulmonary embolism can seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and other damages by bringing legal action against the manufacturer. Since the time for making a compensation claim is limited, it is important that a lawyer with experience in Yaz lawsuits be consulted as soon as possible. This type of lawsuit is complex and an experienced lawyer can help women who had a Yaz pulmonary embolism receive the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one suffered from a pulmonary embolism while taking Yaz, you can get a free evaluation of your case from an experienced legal professional by completing the short questionnaire here on our Accutane Lawsuit website to receive your free evaluation.
A professional will advise you on how to collect compensation for injuries sustained from a Yaz pulmonary embolism.
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