MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — When the birth control pill “Yaz” became an option, Cassie Bonstrom’s doctor wasn’t concerned about giving her a prescription.

“I’ve never had a problem with it, so I have no reason to switch,” said Bonstrom.

But after a recent FDA study that said the drug puts women at higher risk of blood clots, Bonstrom sees why many women would switch. The Bayer Corporation makes “Yaz,” and the company has not only marketed the drug as birth control, but also as a drug that helps with acne and mood swings.

Problem is, according to this study, the side effects can be deadly.

“I wish I could say I was surprised, but I’m not at all,” said Genevieve Zimmerman of Zimmerman and Reed.

Zimmerman is an attorney who represents more than two dozen women nationally, who she said have been harmed by “Yaz.”

“We are seeing people with blood clots. We have some forming in their legs and traveling up to their lungs forming pulmonary embolism. That can be fatal if it’s not caught and treated quickly and appropriately,” said Zimmerman.

Zimmerman said some clients have had to have their gall bladders removed, and others have reported kidney failure and heart problems.

“It’s not a drug I would take. It’s not a drug I would recommend my friends or family take,” said Zimmerman.

“Yaz” lists many of the potential side effects on the front page of its web site. While every birth control pill can have some side effects, the FDA’s suggestion that Yaz’s could be significantly higher has Bonstrom looking at all her options.

“When other people start saying there could be a problem, it deserves a second glance,” said Bonstrom.

“Yaz” contains a synthetic hormone, which is known to increase potassium levels in the blood. Bayer has yet to comment on the study. This study also cites the Patch from Johnson & Johnson and the Nuvaring from Merck for increasing the risk of blood clots.

Comments (5)
  1. Joe from Mn. says:

    The FDA was put in place to protect us from drugs like this. This is only one of many drugs that the FDA approved and later been forced to recall. I’m thinking someone is getting kick backs to get these drugs approved.

  2. J from MN says:

    A family member died at 35 years old from the affects of the birth control patch. This is definitely not something to be taken lightly. Although there certainly are benefits to birth control, the risks far outweigh them.

  3. Cal from mn says:

    I am only 19 years old, and was just released from the hospital yesterday with pulmonary embolisms in each lung. I will be on coumadin for the next 6 months.. its definitely a scary thing to deal with

  4. Cal from mn says:

    I was also on the YAZ pill, and thats where the doctors believe where the clots from because all of my other tests came back negative for all other causes.

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