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Beyaz Side Effects on Teens

Yaz SuicideThe consequences of drospirenone-based birth control and its side effects has been fairly well documented in advertisements and web pages warning consumers about the risks linked to the popular medication. Many consumers are becoming aware of the greater risk of blood clots associated with the medications, which include the drugs Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and Beyaz. Most of the lawsuits patients have filed have been against the more commonly prescribed versions of the drug, namely Yaz and Yasmin. But there are serious consequences associated with the use of Beyaz, too.

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Similar Yaz and Beyaz side effects

Beyaz was approved by the Food and Drug Administration much more recently than Yaz or Yasmin–approved in 2010, the drug has the same levels of drospirenone as the other medications. This means that it presents virtually the same risk of side effects as the other medication. The Food and Drug Administration recently released a report which detailed the agency’s findings on problems with Beyaz birth control among teenage girls who were taking the medication.

The main difference between Beyaz and other drospirenone-containing birth control medications is the addition of folic acid, which the drug maker added in order to help prevent birth defects in unexpected pregnancies. Although this is reassuring for women who may be worried about becoming pregnant while on birth control, However, Beyaz comes with the exact same risk of blood clots and other complications, including strokes, as Yaz and Yasmin.

The Food and Drug Administration recently reviewed a total of 467 Beyaz-related reports, 19 of which involved younger patients–meaning women 17 years of age and younger–none of which involved deaths. The report acknowledges the very serious risk of Beyaz and other drospirenone-containing birth control pills, but states that Bayer has recently updated warning labels on Yaz and other products to advise patients about the potential risk of blood clots and related side effects.

Thousands of lawsuits

Thousands of women have filed a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of the popular birth control pill. Over 8,000 cases are currently proceeding in federal court, filed by patients who have experienced some of the negative side effects of Yaz and Yasmin.