According to a report from the FDA, the risk of cardiovascular complications linked to the use of combined hormonal contraceptives (CHCs) has long been a source of concern. Combined hormonal contraceptives are contraceptives that combine two different female hormones, an estrogen and a progestin. Safyral is a combined hormonal contraceptive because it contains ethinyl estradiol (estrogen) and drospirenone (progestin).
The FDA’s report, “Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHCs) and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints,” notes that the side effects of concern are serious, including venous thromboembolism, pulmonary embolism, acute myocardial infarction and stroke. Furthermore, the FDA report raised the concern that even with an increased risk of cardiovascular events associated with combined hormonal contraceptives, those CHCs that contained drospirenone might have an even further increased risk of heart-related problems.
“DRSP [drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol tablets] may increase cardiac arrhythmia risks and sudden deaths among users because it has anti-mineralocorticoid activity that may increase potassium levels,” the report’s authors wrote.
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Researchers for the FDA found that the use of drospirenone in a combined hormonal contraceptive was linked to an increased risk of venous thromboembolism.
Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of Yasmin and Yaz, both of which contain drospirenone, alleging women suffered serious health problems, including blood clots and strokes, following their use of the contraceptives. Despite some concerns about the risks associated with drospirenone-containing birth control, the FDA has elected to keep such contraceptives on the market, finding that their benefits outweigh the risks.