December 29, 2009

Yasmin/Yaz/Ocella warning

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I have been on Yasmin/Ocella (generic version) birth control pill for the past 6-8 years to help control cramps. It has been one of the few pills that hasn’t made me loopy. When I was at Mom’s over the weekend, she mentioned that she had heard about a class action lawsuit against Yasmin and Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the parent company, due to an increased risk of serious side effects like deep vein thrombosis and blood clots. A new article appearing in the British Medical Journal provides additional details about the side effects.

Even though I’ve tolerated the pill well, I am going to switch to another version. The lawsuit makes me nervous enough (along with other medical factors in the family history) that I don’t want to take a chance.

If you use Yasmin, Yaz, or Ocella, you may want to talk to your doctor.

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