Skip to comments.Health Concerns Over Popular Contraceptives
Posted on 09/26/2009 12:42:13 PM PDT by Lorianne
The oral contraceptives Yaz and Yasmin are the top-selling pharmaceutical line for Bayer HealthCare, largely as a result of marketing that presents them as much more than mere pregnancy prevention.
Yaz, in particular, the top-selling birth control pill in the United States, owes much of its popularity to multimillion-dollar ad campaigns that have promoted the drug as a quality-of-life treatment to combat acne and severe premenstrual depression.
Yaz, a newer sister drug to Yasmin, contains less estrogen. The franchise had worldwide sales of about $1.8 billion last year, based on Bayers successful positioning of Yasmin and Yaz as the go-to drug brands for women under 35.
But recently, the Yaz lines image has been clouded by concerns from some researchers, health advocates and plaintiffs lawyers. They say that the drugs put women at higher risk for blood clots, strokes and other health problems than some other birth control pills do.
Those critics, though, are up against a large European health study, sponsored by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, that reported the opposite conclusion. The Bayer-financed study said that cardiovascular risks in women taking Bayer products were comparable to those taking an older formula of birth control pills.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
"YAZ contains 3 mg of the progestin drospirenone that has antimineralocorticoid activity, including the potential for hyperkalemia in high-risk patients, comparable to a 25 mg dose of spironolactone. YAZ should not be used in patients with conditions that predispose to hyperkalemia (i.e. renal insufficiency, hepatic dysfunction and adrenal insufficiency). Women receiving daily, long-term treatment for chronic conditions or diseases with medications that may increase serum potassium should have their serum potassium level checked during the first treatment cycle. Medications that may increase serum potassium include ACE inhibitors, angiotensin - II receptor antagonists, potassium-sparing diuretics, potassium supplementation, heparin, aldosterone antagonists, and NSAIDS." http://www.rxlist.com/yaz-drug.htm
FYI: NSAIDS are Advil, Motrin, etc.
“...a large European health study, sponsored by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical giant, that reported the opposite conclusion.”
That’s surprising, not!