However one company, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, creates a set of contraceptive pills —Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella — that have been found to have particularly dangerous side effects. Although they have different names they are the same dangerous pill. The problem is the key chemical ingredient, drospirenone which is combined with estrogen. No other oral contraceptive (or birth control pill) contains the drug. Now they are peddling a new pill called Beyaz. Made of the same it simply adds folic acid (vitamin B-9) to the Yaz formulation which does nothing to lessen the side effects.
How Dangerous? Studies show that:
- Women are twice as likely as men to develop gallstones
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Gallbladder disease.
If you are currently taking one of these pills you should consult with your doctor about finding an alternative birth control method. Don’t become a victim find out more by reading our free dangerous drug guide: What to Do If Hurt by a Prescription Drug.