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Have Gallbladder Disease? Yaz Could be to Blame.

Jan 27, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

Gallbladder disease is one of the side effects being attributed to the Yaz birth control pill. Scores of women from around the country have filed lawsuits over Yaz side effects, including gallbladder disease, as well as heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. 

Almost in every Yaz lawsuit plaintiffs allege that the drug was not subjected to adequate testing, and that Bayer failed to provide adequate warnings about its potential side effects.  These lawsuits are currently part of a multidistrict litigation underway in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Women are already twice as likely to develop gallbladder disease as men because of its relationship to increased estrogen levels. Gallstones are commonly attributed to high cholesterol levels. Yaz and other similar prescription birth control pills increase the level of estrogen in the body, which causes a boost to the cholesterol level.

Removing the gallbladder is really the only way to deal with this painful problem. Gallbladder surgery patients usually follow a careful diet that includes avoiding foods that are hard on the biliary system and harmful fats. Long-term side effects of gallbladder surgery can include bloating, gas, heartburn, constipation or diarrhea. A handful of patients also develop a condition called postcholecystectomy syndrome.


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