Ocella is a birth control drug considered to be a “fourth generation drug” because it contains drospirenone, a synthetic progestin that prevents pregnancy. It is also used to ease the symptoms connected to some premenstrual disorders, as well as a treatment for mild cases of acne. Ocella is actually a generic form of the birth control pill called Yaz or Yasmin and it is sold by a company called Barr Pharmaceuticals. Teva Pharmaceuticals purchased Barr in 2008. Barr now produces, distributes, and sells Ocella as a division of Teva. The drug has become one of the popular of the prescription birth controls medications containing drospirenone in the U.S.
Like Yaz and Yasmin, the main ingredients in Ocella are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. These two substances work together to change the lining of the cervix and uterus in such a way that prevents conception. When taking Ocella, the sperm can’t reach the egg and an egg that may become fertilized cannot become attached to the uterus. These types of drugs are very successful at preventing pregnancy. Ocella has also been helpful for some of the things associated with premenstrual disorders like loss of appetite, fatigue, anxiety, weight gain, headaches, and nausea. It also works to treat acne in girls over the age of 14.
Unfortunately, all three of these drugs have certain side effects linked to them, some common and moderate to those that are serious and possibly fatal. Ocella changes the hormone levels in the body of the women who take them. It raises the amount of estrogen and the amount of potassium that is in the blood. When both of these things are increased, the following side effects are possible:
There are also a number of common, less serious side effects. A common side effect is one that at least one percent of women taking drugs similar to Ocella experience. Some of these common side effects are:
· Menstrual bleeding between cycles
· Vaginal discharge
· Yeast infections
· Decrease in sexual activity
· Weight gain
· Nausea and vomiting
· Abdominal pain
· Decreased appetite
Even more side effects have been reported for Ocella that may be more serious than the common ones, but are not fatal. These mid-level side effects may eventually lead to serious problems like the serious side effects mentioned earlier in this article. These medium grade side effects include:
· Hair loss
· Swelling in the hands or feet
· Discolored skin
· Severe changes in the menstrual cycle
· Visual impairments and irritation of the eyes
· Vaginal discharge and irritation
Women who have an allergy to its main ingredient drospirenone should not take Ocella. They should also not use this drug if their medical history includes:
· High blood pressure
· Kidney disease
· Heart attack
· Unusual menstrual cycles
· Cancer that is specific to the anatomy of a female
Birth control medication like Ocella can cause birth defects in unborn babies, so women who have become pregnant should discontinue use of the pills immediately. Anyone who uses Ocella should maintain a healthy lifestyle and tobacco and alcohol should be avoided unless cleared to do so by a doctor.
Since evidence shows that drugs like Ocella can be dangers and even fatal, anyone taking that drug should be aware of their legal options. If you or someone you love has experienced any of these symptoms you may be eligible for a claim.