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Yaz Safety Concerns

March 18th, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

The safety and protection of consumers and patients must be the focal point of modern medicine. Too often than not, drugs are approved for national use, only to be recalled weeks or months later due to adverse side effects and symptoms that went unnoticed or repressed from public knowledge.

Thousands of young women around the country have been taking medications such as Yaz or Accutane. There is sufficient amount of data and research regarding why using these drugs can come with many side effects.

Drospirenone, known as “Yaz,” was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) on March 16, 2006 as an oral contraceptive to prevent against pregnancy, treat acne and treat the symptoms associated with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The medication contains the hormone estrogen and a type of progestin called drospirenone to prevent ovulation.  

A Black Box warning currently exists for Yaz consumers of the risk of cardiovascular side effects that may occur in patients who smoke while taking the medication.

Yaz Side Effects are increased with age and the amount of time the drug is taken. Women over the age of 35 who smoke 15 or more cigarettes daily have their chances of developing the following side effects: stroke, blood clot and heart attack. Research has shown extreme side effects may include increased chances of developing certain types of cancers including: Liver cancer, liver tumors, liver bleeding and breast cancer.

As mentioned in the paragraph above, Acutane Side Effects are very similar to that of Yaz. Certain conditions may warrant an adjustment in the suggested dosage of Accutane for some patients. A patient should notify a doctor of any of the following conditions: personal or family history of mental illness or depression, asthma, liver disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease or an eating disorder.

Research has indicated the prolonged use of Yaz may also increase the chances of developing an ovarian cyst.  Women should speak to their OB/GYN  about any cyst they have, especially if they are experiencing pain in the pelvic region.

When the ovulation process does not occur, or when a mature follicle breaks up, a form of an ovarian cyst may arise known as a “follicular cyst.” This cyst can sometimes reach two or more inches in diameter, but will normally disappear by itself after only a few months. Although most ovarian cysts are not so uncommon for women and usually do not warrant significant concern, it can cause severe discomfort and for others, may require treatment. There are several instances where it may lead to cancer.

 

What can you do?

By consulting your physician or OB/GYN  and doing individual research, you can obtain the best method of treatment that is right for you personally. Sometimes, prescription or over the counter medications can provide the best treatment, other times they may not.

Eating a well balanced diet is vital in preventing chronic conditions and other health problems. Medical experts suggest eating simple organic foods; avoid junk foods; fried foods and make sure to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

 

DrugWatch.com educates visitors by providing access to a database of thousands of medications and associated side effects. DrugWatch.com is updated daily with news breakthroughs, information about medications currently involved in clinical trials, up-and-coming drug recalls, and Food and Drug Administration warnings. The information on the Web site is intended to serve as an additional resource only, and the content is not a substitute for the opinion of a physician or other professional.”

Choose Good Nutrition

March 18th, 2010 No Comments » In Women's Health, by admin

Good nutrition offers more than energy, structural components, vitamins and minerals. There are many other substances found in the foods you eat which have become better known over the last few years.  One is phytochemicals which are found in the colorful parts of fruits and vegetables. Although, they are not required for body functioning, they may have a very powerful impact on your health. For example, quercetin (found in red apples) functions like an antihistamine and has an anti-inflammatory effect.   Resveratrol, found in grape skins and seeds, is a powerful antioxidant.  Antioxidants help to protect your body from the damage that comes from the sun, pollution, smoke, and poor dietary choices.  They are found in the phytochemicals of fruits and vegetables, as well as some vitamins and amino acids.

A healthy diet will provide your body with the right amount of energy, enough raw materials and all of the “little helpers” you need to be healthy.  Good nutrition will also provide phytochemicals and antioxidants that will help keep you feeling young, looking great, and perhaps even disease-free.  An un-balanced, poor choice of foods diet will give your body  too many or too few calories, not enough vitamins and minerals, and can actually make you need more of the antioxidants that you aren’t getting.

Now that you have a better idea of why your body needs food, the next step is to learn more about good nutrition and how to eat a well balanced diet.

Armity A. Simon, MD OB/GYN in Scottsdale, AZ

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