Quoted from http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/health/blood-clots-warning-for-women-on-the-pill/story-fn59nokw-1226160647368
Blood clots warning for women on the pill
- by: Adam Cresswell
- From: The Australian
- October 07, 2011 12:00AM
AUSTRALIA'S drug watchdog has issued a safety alert over two contraceptive pills taken by nearly 200,000 Australian women, warning they may carry a two- to three-fold increased risk of potentially dangerous blood clots.
The two drugs, Yaz and Yasmin, both contain the synthetic hormone drospirenone, and have come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns they could cause more clots known as deep-vein thromboses compared with older contraceptives.
Although not listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and thus not the most commonly prescribed contraceptives, both Yaz and Yasmin have won a large clientele of women prepared to pay their $25 to $30 a month private cost because of the lower rate of side-effects such as weight gain and pre-menstrual tension.
In its latest safety update issued yesterday, the Therapeutic Goods Administration told doctors that recent studies had found "drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives may be associated with an increased risk" of blockages in veins caused by clots.