If you were diagnosed with a blood clot, pulmonary embolism, or other serious injury after taking Gianvi birth control pills, contact Schmidt & Clark, LLP. We may be able to help you file a Gianvi lawsuit and join thousands of other women who are seeking damages against Bayer HealthCare.
What is Gianvi?
Gianvi is a birth control pill that was approved in 2010 for the prevention of pregnancy. It is the generic version of Yaz. Like Yaz, Gianvi contains 3-mg of drospirenone (progestin) and 0.03-mg of ethinyl estradiol (estrogen).
Is there a Gianvi Class Action Lawsuit?
Not for blood clot side effects. Instead of a Gianvi class action lawsuit, victims of this defective drug are seeking justice through a Multi-District Litigation (MDL). Bayer HealthCare has already paid $1.4 billion to settle 7,000 lawsuits involving Yaz and Yasmin, for an average settlement of more than $200,000 per plaintiff.
What is the problem?
The problem with Gianvi and other new birth control pills is drospirenone, a “fourth-generation” progestin. In 2009, the British Medical Journal published two studies linking drospirenone to an increased risk of blood clots compared to older progestins, such as levonorgestrel. One study linked drospirenone to a tripled increased risk of blood clots. In response to these studies, the FDA published a Safety Communication and required stronger warning information for consumers.
Gianvi Risks & Complications
- Blood clots
- Venous thromboembolism
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Gallbladder disease
- Organ damage (blindness, brain damage, etc.)
- And more
Gianvi and Blood Clots
Experts believe that Gianvi increases the risk of blood clots by changing potassium levels in the bloodstream. Some women are particularly susceptible to this side effect, and there is no way of knowing who is most at risk. However, numerous studies have shown that the risk of blood clots is highest for younger women during the first few months of treatment.
Blood clots from Gianvi tend to form deep inside the lower legs, in a condition known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). These blood clots can grow extremely large, cut off circulation, and cause severe venous damage. If the blood clots break loose in the bloodstream, they can travel to the heart and lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. These complications are life-threatening and can result in permanent disability or even death.
Symptoms of a Gianvi blood clot may include:
- Swelling in one or both legs
- Pain in the legs, ankle, or foot
- Warmth in the affected area
- Changes in skin color (redness, paleness, etc.)
- Unexplained shortness of breath
- Chest pain that gets worse when you take a deep breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Rapid pulse
- Coughing up blood
- And more