- Published: Tuesday, 20 November 2012 15:26
Consumer safety advocates have believed for quite some time that the popular birth-control pills Yaz and Yasmin, which contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone, can cause heart attacks, strokes and gallbladder failure.
Recently, the manufacturer of the pills settled about 70 lawsuits that raised such claims – out of more than 11,000 that have been filed.
Now, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced another potentially hazardous side effect: blood clots.
According to the FDA, some recent studies have indicated that taking Yaz or Yasmin triples a patient’s risk of developing blood clots. The FDA is now requiring all makers of birth-control pills containing drospirenone to include information about these studies on their warning labels.