The Yaz birth control pill enjoyed major commercial success in part because of its claims to help with “moderate-to-severe acne.” A birth control pill which also helps clear your skin; sounds great, right? However, it was revealed Yaz does virtually nothing to help with acne.
Unfortunately, some young women tried to combat their skin problems by combining Yaz with another prescription acne medication such as Claravin. This strategy led to the death of a girl in Ohio who took this lethal combination.
What Bayer (the manufacturer of Yaz) failed to mention, while they were falsely proclaiming to help treat acne, was that Yaz produces terrible side effects including gallstones, stroke, blood clots, symptoms of depression, a breast lump, sudden numbness, confusion, problems with vision, speech, or balance, chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, and sweating.
Bayer, and every other prescription drug maker, needs to be extremely cautious in the way they promote their drugs. It would be wise to keep your medication focused on a primary area of treatment. If you make a birth control pill, focus it on birth control. Trying to associate birth control pills with improving a skin condition leads to unexpected (and deadly) consequences.
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