Yasmin is a method of prescription birth control that is 99 percent effective at preventing a pregnancy. Yasmin can also be used as a treatment for moderate cases of acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is a more debilitating version of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Yasmin is the brand name for the generic drug drospirenone.
Despite its proven effectiveness as a birth control method and its other uses, Yasmin does have several proven serious, often life threatening side effects, one of which is causing pulmonary embolisms. Pulmonary embolisms can sometimes result in death, making it imperative that women who take Yasmin become familiar with both the symptoms of this condition as well as understand their risk factors. If a woman is taking Yasmin and suffers from a pulmonary embolism she is likely eligible to be compensated through a lawsuit.
Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot moves through the body's bloodstream and becomes lodged in an airway in the lungs. When this happens it becomes difficult to breathe and prohibits sufficient amounts of oxygen from getting into the blood. The symptoms of a pulmonary include:
· Bloody sputum, especially while coughing
· Pain in the chest that may spread to the shoulders, neck, jaw, and or upper arms. The pain becomes more intense when breathing deeply, eating, bending over and/or coughing.
· Bluish colored and clammy skin
· Elevated heart rate
· Faintness and/or lightheadedness
· Difficulty breathing when there is no physical activity
Additional Health Risk Factors
Risk factors for some women taking Yasmin are higher than for other women. Women with the any of the following in the medical history may be at higher risk:
· Heart disease
· Hormone therapy
· High blood pressure
· Being overweight or obese
· Inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis
· Lung, ovarian, or pancreatic cancer
· Long periods of bed rest (this may occur after an illness, surgery, or a broken leg)
Women who have a family history of pulmonary embolisms or pregnant women may also have a higher risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism while taking Yasmin.
Upon Experiencing Symptoms of a Pulmonary Embolism
After experiencing a Yasmin pulmonary embolism, women should:
· Get immediate emergency medical help to prevent complications and possibly save their lives.
· Ensure a full recovery by keeping up with all treatments that are prescribed.
· Look for an alternate means of contraception.
Women also have the right to consult a personal injury attorney to see if they are eligible for a lawsuit against Bayer, the manufacturer of Yasmin. They may receive compensation for all of their medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and pain and suffering.