A stroke is characterized as severe brain damage that is directly correlated to a distinct lack of oxygen and nutrients. Often the result of an obstructed artery, strokes are one of the leading causes for both permanent disability and death in America. Unfortunately, recent studies lend weight to the association between outside factors and the development of this severe condition. Women who take Safyral may significantly increase their risk of suffering from a stroke.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke after taking Safyral, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
Safyral Stroke Lawsuit Overview
Similar to that of the other prescription birth control pills released by Bayer Healthcare,Safyral has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assist in the prevention of pregnancy. Studies acknowledge that when taken as directed, Safyral is 99% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. However, Safyral has also reduced the signs of acne and symptoms associated with PMDD since its release in 2010.
Safyral combines three unique active ingredients, drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol, and levomefolate. Both drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol work together to prevent ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary) and also cause changes in your cervical and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus. The introduction of levomefolate, a B vitamin, helps prevent a rare birth defect that could occur from the high folate levels created by Safyral.
Unfortunately, Safyral treatment has recently become synonymous with the development of dangerous side effects. In response to the influx of complaints, officials at the FDA convened an Advisory Committee, in which the safety an efficacy of drospirenone-containing products was discussed. According to the data acknowledged in the meeting, drospirenone has a propensity to raise potassium levels too much. Such an increase may result in the unnecessary development of severe blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If a blood clot should form in a cerebral artery, the brain will not receive a sufficient amount of oxygen and nutrients, resulting an a stroke. Because of the dangers associated with drospirenone, women may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation regarding their potential Safyral stroke lawsuit.
A stroke, otherwise known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is a distinct and rapid deterioration of brain functions due to a blockage in the blood supply to the brain. Strokes can be classified in one of two different categories, hemorrhage and ischemia. Hemorrhages witness the severe displacement of blood, whereas ischemia strokes are the direct result of an obstruction blocking blood flow. More often than not, blood clots are responsible for ischemia strokes. Either way, the affected areas of the brain are unable to function properly resulting in the following complications:
- Loss of muscle movement
- Difficulty talking
- Inability to understand or formulate speech
- Visual impairment
- Memory loss
- Severe pain
- Changes in behavior
A stroke is classified as a medical emergence and can cause permanent neurological damage, complications, and death. It is the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. and Europe and the second leading cause of death worldwide.
FDA Safety Communication
According to an FDA Safety Communication, the agency is aware of two newly published studies that evaluated the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone. The two recently published studies looked at whether there is a higher risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone when compared to similar women taking birth control pills containing a different progestin called levonorgestrel. These two new studies reported that there is a greater risk of VTE associated with birth control pills that contain drospirenone. Unfortunately, the presence of a severe VTE may lead to the development of several life-threatening complications, one of which is stroke.
Other Fourth Generation Contraceptives
The following fourth generation contraceptives contain drospirenone and may also significantly increase the risk of stroke:
Do I Have a Safyral Stroke Lawsuit?
The trial lawyers at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP have decades of experience navigating through complex legislative and regulatory issues and litigating high stakes cases all over the nation. Our law firm focuses on the representation of plaintiffs in Safyral stroke lawsuits. We are currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has suffered from a stroke after taking Safyral, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.