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Below are YAZ (Drospirenone / Ethinyl Estradiol) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

YAZ review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Moderately Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   PMS
Dosage & duration:   28 days of pills, 24 hormone pills,4 not taken daily for the period of 2 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Yasmin is supposed to help alleviate PMS symptoms, which it did a little bit for me. I get horrible cramps, and so this birth control pill was supposed to help me.
Side effects:   It made me very emotional throughout the entire month. Though it was supposed to decrease the painful and crazy side effects of PMS, it took care of that, but distributed my emotional symptoms to me every other day of the month instead. I would cry at the slightest thing.
Comments:   I was supposed to take a pill daily, which can be hard to remember. I spent two months on this pill, and finally went back to my old Yasmin, because I could not handle the emotional increase on the daily basis. I would rather have cramps, and be super emotional during the PMS, than during the entire month.

 

YAZ review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Contraception
Dosage & duration:   1 per day (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 5 years
Other conditions:   None
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   The drug was an effective method of contraception. Additionally, I did experience shorter menstrual cycles. PMS was still a bit of a problem even thought the product advertises a decrease in undesirable PMS symptoms. PMS was approximately 2 days less than without the prescription. Furthermore, the pain of menstruation was decreased due to the lighter flow and shorter cycle.
Side effects:   There were side effects associated with the drug. As we all know this birth control method can cause cardio vascular disease and blood clots. I did not experience anything like that. However, there has been weight gain. Whenever I am taking the pill, my weight does go up. And when I have taken a break from the pill my weight drops very quickly by a few pounds. I have not noticed any other side effects of the drug. I will not be prescribed the drug next year due to my age and being a smoker.
Comments:   Treatment is for birth control. Pill is taken once daily for 24 days straight at the same time each day. Then 4 placebo pills follow to round out the 28 day cycle. I typically begin menstruation the day before I begin a new 28 day cycle and I menstruate for approximately 4 days. The last day is usually just spotting. Yaz does present an issue if pills are missed, more so than other pills I have taken in the past and it is imperative to take the pill each and every day around the same time for it to be effective.

 

YAZ review by 42 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Birth Control
Dosage & duration:   Standard (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 1 1/5 years to date
Other conditions:   Beginning Stages High Blood Pressure
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   This particular birth control pill is my favorite among those I've tried. I never had horrible pms, but Yaz has eliminated even the mild symptoms I used to have. It appears to be mildly diuretic as well, which is a pleasant contrast to the other pills I took which seemed to bloat. AND - needless to say, it has functioned very well for its prescribed purpose - birth control.
Side effects:   None
Comments:   Yaz is a daily dose that is based on a 28 day menstrual cycle. There are, however, only 4 days of placebo pills, resulting in lighter and shorter periods.

 

YAZ review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Birth Control
Dosage & duration:   not sure (dosage frequency: 1 time per day) for the period of 8 months
Other conditions:   None.
Other drugs taken:   None.
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Before taking this medication I regularly broke out, had heavy periods and got PMS. After switching to Yaz from another brand of birth control I immediately experienced fewer pimples around the time I got my period, my PMS symptoms all but disappeared and my period was much lighter. I also didn't experience any weight gain like I had when using other birth control pills.
Side effects:   The only difference from this pill is that you take 24 days of active pills instead of 21, but I didn't notice any negative side effects from this. Overall, I think Yaz is probably the best birth control pill I've ever taken.
Comments:   Take one pill per day for 24 days and take 4 days of placebo pills.

 

YAZ review by 20 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   heavy menstrual bleeding
Dosage & duration:   one pill per day taken daily for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took Yaz because I would have heavy periods with very severe cramps. Yaz reduced my periods to about 3 days with very little bleeding. It also helped with PMS and I did not gain any weight while taking them. My cramps were greatly reduced. I stopped using it just because I feel like synthetic hormones are going to be harmful in the long term; however, this is a great birth control pill.
Side effects:   Inconvenient (taking a pill everyday)
Comments:   I took these pills for about 6 months with only benefits.

 

YAZ review by 24 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Hormonal Imbalances
Dosage & duration:   N/A (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 3 months now, on going
Other conditions:   Lyme Disease
Other drugs taken:   Antibiotics
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   This medication treated my menstrual irregularity and helped clear up my hormonal acne.
Side effects:   Minimal breakthrough bleeding.
Comments:   This medication contains small amounts of estrogen as compared to most other birth control or hormonal medications available today. It is just enough to regulate the menstrual cycle and contains a form of progesterone that has anti-androgen properties, aiding the decrease in any acne.

 

YAZ review by 30 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Birth Control
Dosage & duration:   3 mg taken daily for 24 days on, 4 days off for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   severe premenstral syptoms
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Besides being effective as a birth control method, Yaz completely eradicated all of my pre-menstral symptoms. Prior to taking this medication, my PMDD included severe depression, feelings of hopelessness, and irritability. Also, with Yaz, the menstration period is considerably shorter.
Side effects:   I did not experience any obvious side effects.
Comments:   I take one birth control pill every day for 24 days at the same time each day, then take a placebo for 4 days. Then the cycle is repeated.

 

YAZ review by 25 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Amenorrhea
Dosage & duration:   1 pill/day taken daily for the period of 5 months now
Other conditions:   Anorexia
Other drugs taken:   None
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   Prevented further bone degradation and possibly increases bone density at the femur (though data is still out on this). Also regulates menstrual cycles and prevents mood swings and other hormonal changes. Yaz is unique because of the anti-androgen it contains, which means that it more likely causes weight loss than weight gain (as with other high progesterone medications).
Side effects:   None, though patients with hyperkalemia or those on ACEinhibitors should talk to their doctor before taking this medication. Other side effects include breast tenderness and breakthrough bleeding.
Comments:   The pill is taken daily at the same time, every day. If so desired, you can take the pill continuously, though this does increase the risk of breakthrough bleeding. Otherwise you can take a placebo pill or no pill at all for the final 4 days of the pill pack. Periods are generally shorter and lighter when on the pill.

 

YAZ review by 28 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Extremely Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   PCOS
Dosage & duration:   1 tablet taken once daily for the period of two weeks
Other conditions:   Hypothyroidism, Panic Disorder
Other drugs taken:   Cytomel, Synthroid, Effexor XR
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None
Side effects:   Horrible!! Perfect skin my entire life, yet only two weeks on Yaz resulted in the worst cystic acne which covered 85% of my face. It was not only severe acne, but it did not resolve after discontinuing the medication, and is unimaginably resistant to treatment. Have seen twelve dermatologists and five plastic surgeons, tried every cream, pill, prescription, and even drastic laser surgery, with no improvement. Four months on Accutane resolved the acne, but it fully returned after the first Accutane course (9 months) was completed. Am now three months into the second course, but breakouts persist. This medication has ruined my life!
Comments:   Two weeks taking Yaz once daily.

 

YAZ review by 29 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   birth control
Dosage & duration:   1X per day--same time each day (dosage frequency: 1x per day) for the period of 1 yr.
Other conditions:   n/a
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   highly effective birth control, controlled PMDD, fewer lighter periods.
Side effects:   Did not get a period for the first 3 months, break through bleeding 2 times in one year, irritable, moderate acne.
Comments:   Every woman has a different reaction to the birth control pill. The first three months I didn't get a period (a bit worried). Then during month 4 I did and it lasted only for about 2 days. Once I reached the 6 month mark I had a period for 3-4 days (light bleeding). I was a little irritable, had break through bleeding twice in one year, and cramps way before my placebo pills. Like I said everyone reacts differently, this pill was not for me. In two wks I plan on switching back to my previous pill (Lo-Ogestrel-generic). I mainly requested to be on Yaz b/c it claimed to clear up moderate acne, and it really didn't make a difference.

 

YAZ review by 37 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   Moderate Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Birth Control
Dosage & duration:   daily (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of 4 months
Other conditions:   n/a
Other drugs taken:   n/a
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I took this birth control primarily for what it said it would help out - that pms symptons would be lessened. My partner has been snipped so I wasn't so worried about the birth control part.
Side effects:   I believe it made me more emotional and increased pms symptons. About a week before my period I would experience heavy bloating and become ultra sensitive.
Comments:   Taken daily

 

YAZ review by 32 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Marginally Effective
Side effects:   Severe Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   PMDD and moderate acne
Dosage & duration:   3 mg for 24 days taken 1 pill everyday for the period of 6 months
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   My acne wasn't as severe and my PMDD symptoms were also less severe.
Side effects:   Some mild breast tenderness. I am a long distance runner and within 4 days of taking this medication I noticed that I had a hard time keeping my heart rate down while excercising where as before this medication I never had a problem because of my excellent physical condition. I also noticed heart palpitations and a slight increase of blood pressure. Also, if you were to miss your pill by a few hours you would get your period for a day then when you were supposed to get it, it wouldn't come.
Comments:   As of tomorrow I am going off of this medication. There was just an add on television stating the increased risk of heart problems associated with this medication. I'll take acne anyday over a heart attack!!

 

YAZ review by 33 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   birth control/PCOS
Dosage & duration:   1 pill per day x 24 days taken daily for the period of 8 months and still going
Other conditions:   Polycystic Ovaries
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I have taken Yaz since Aug 08 after my 4th child was born. I wanted Yaz because I felt I had symptoms of depression & needed a BC method. So far, I have noticed a change in my mood and the PMDD symptoms are gone. I haven't gained weight with this pill as with others I've tried. I have a tube tied and my periods were horrible for 3yrs. Yaz has helped with this too. My periods are so much lighter and last 3 days vs. 8 days (what they used to be.)
Side effects:   I haven't experienced any side effects.
Comments:   I take one pill per day for 24 days and I don't take the 4 placebo pills. I start a new pack on the Friday I'm due to do so and take it around the same time each night.

 

YAZ review by 27 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   birthcontrol
Dosage & duration:   1 pill a day taken everyday for the period of 1yr
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   my cycle went from 7 days being on yazmin to 4 days in the beginning of the yaz to 1! i have no pms symptoms what so ever. i love this pill. and its doing what it is supposed to, no pregnancy! I will forever stay on this pill, i recommended it to my 3 sisters.
Side effects:   none for me.
Comments:   supposed to stop pms symptoms(all of them) and it did just that.

 

YAZ review by 42 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   PMDD
Dosage & duration:   0.2 mg taken daily for the period of 3 years
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I was extremely fatigued all of the time. I use to have to plan to be home by 8 PM because I knew that I wouldn't be able to stay awake. I was bloated, nauseous, irritable, and sometimes I felt like I couldn't function. I felt good for about a week out of the month. I started to have hot flashes. I just felt horrible. But just 3 days after taking Yaz, I had energy, and all of those symptoms went away. I started feeling like my old self. This is a miracle drug. I highly recommend it to women with PMDD symptoms.
Side effects:   I had no side effects.
Comments:   Just start taking it. If you don't feel the difference in 1 month, stop. But it works!
 


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